20%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$550.8 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights
4,450 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. The Atlantic Philanthropies $72.1 M
  2. Nationale Postcode Loterij $49.1 M
  3. Comic Relief $40.0 M
  4. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $38.5 M
  5. NoVo Foundation $32.6 M
  6. EEA and Norway Grants $30.9 M
  7. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $29.6 M
  8. Ford Foundation $25.8 M
  9. The California Endowment $18.3 M
  10. National Endowment for Democracy $12.9 M
  11. The Oak Foundation $10.8 M
  12. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $9.1 M
  13. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $7.7 M
  14. The Kendeda Fund $7.4 M
  15. American Jewish World Service $7.2 M
  16. John Templeton Foundation $5.6 M
  17. Open Society Foundations $5.6 M
  18. Segal Family Foundation $5.3 M
  19. Hivos $5.1 M
  20. Foundation For The Carolinas $5.1 M
  21. Humanity United $4.9 M
  22. Public Welfare Foundation $4.7 M
  23. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $4.7 M
  24. The Annie E. Casey Foundation $4.5 M
  25. Tides Foundation $4.5 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

26%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$977.3 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights
3,847 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $148.8 M
  2. Canada $145.1 M
  3. Global Fund $114.9 M
  4. United Kingdom $89.8 M
  5. Norway $85.0 M
  6. European Union Institutions $56.8 M
  7. Finland $54.2 M
  8. United States $53.5 M
  9. Australia $45.4 M
  10. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $39.6 M
  11. Netherlands $30.4 M
  12. Germany $25.3 M
  13. Belgium $16.5 M
  14. Spain $14.5 M
  15. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $13.0 M
  16. Switzerland $13.0 M
  17. Italy $7.4 M
  18. Denmark $5.3 M
  19. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $3.8 M
  20. Japan $2.4 M
  21. Asian Development Bank Special Funds $2.1 M
  22. Austria $1.7 M
  23. France $1.6 M
  24. Ireland $1.3 M
  25. New Zealand $1.2 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2014 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$54,221,009 (10%)
531 Grants (12%)

Caribbean

$4,850,191 (1%)
60 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$37,480,117 (7%)
558 Grants (13%)

Global Programs

$60,505,353 (11%)
94 Grants (2%)

Latin America & Mexico

$14,949,066 (3%)
484 Grants (11%)

Middle East & North Africa

$14,035,885 (3%)
179 Grants (4%)

North America

$248,692,984 (45%)
1,425 Grants (32%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$76,917,329 (14%)
841 Grants (19%)

Western Europe

$57,749,857 (10%)
392 Grants (9%)

Region totals include both foundation grants directly to recipients based in the region specified and foundation grants to recipients located in other regions to do work benefiting the region specified. Grants may mention more than one region of benefit and therefore be counted in more than one category.

Foundation Funding by Issue

Issue totals include foundation funding that could be identified as meant to address a specific issue. In order to provide unique totals and avoid double-counting, each foundation grant has been assigned to exactly one issue category within the human rights taxonomy.

Foundation Funding by Intersecting Populations

In order to show the intersections of multiple population groups, these graphics indicate other population groups supported within funding towards the group highlighted on this page.

Foundation Funding by Strategy

Strategy totals include foundation funding that could be identified as supporting a specific strategy. Grants may employ multiple strategies and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • National Postcode Loterij
    Defence for Children-ECPAT (Netherlands)
    For their work to realize the rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • The Kendeda Fund
    International Women's Health Coalition (United States)
    For work to promote and protect the sexual and reproductive rights and health of adolescent girls.