4%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$68.2 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights
978 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $23.0 M
  2. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $8.2 M
  3. Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation $3.7 M
  4. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $3.5 M
  5. American Jewish World Service $3.3 M
  6. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $2.3 M
  7. Open Society Foundations $2.2 M
  8. NoVo Foundation $2.0 M
  9. Hivos $1.8 M
  10. National Endowment for Democracy $1.5 M
  11. Mensen met een Missie $1.4 M
  12. Fund For Global Human Rights $1.2 M
  13. The Global Fund for Women $1.1 M
  14. Tides Foundation $910.1 K
  15. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $879.5 K
  16. Catalyst for Peace $842.7 K
  17. Kalliopeia Foundation $580.0 K
  18. Both Ends $466.1 K
  19. Nirnaya Women's Fund $460.1 K
  20. The Oak Foundation $457.0 K
  21. Marguerite Casey Foundation $442.5 K
  22. Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indigenas $425.0 K
  23. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $410.0 K
  24. Wallace Global Fund II $385.0 K
  25. First Peoples Worldwide $361.8 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2012 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$9,721,637 (14%)
192 Grants (20%)

Caribbean

$272,420 (0%)
2 Grants (0%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$26,450 (0%)
2 Grants (0%)

Global Programs

$7,734,882 (11%)
68 Grants (7%)

Latin America & Mexico

$32,228,328 (47%)
477 Grants (49%)

Middle East & North Africa

$950,500 (1%)
14 Grants (1%)

North America

$17,502,205 (26%)
167 Grants (17%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$3,916,865 (6%)
78 Grants (8%)

Western Europe

$874,342 (1%)
7 Grants (1%)

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.

Sample Grants



  • Fund For Global Human Rights
    Otros Mundos (Mexico)
    To work with local organizations, rural and indigenous communities, and coalitions on the national and Mesoamerican level to develop strategies to defend land and resource rights in the face of corporate-led development projects.