11%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$188.3 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights
1,788 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $31.5 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $18.1 M
  3. Anonymous $15.0 M
  4. The Atlantic Philanthropies $9.1 M
  5. Public Interest Projects $7.6 M
  6. Carnegie Corporation of New York $6.6 M
  7. The California Endowment $5.9 M
  8. Marguerite Casey Foundation $5.9 M
  9. NoVo Foundation $4.4 M
  10. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $4.2 M
  11. Public Welfare Foundation $2.8 M
  12. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation $2.7 M
  13. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $2.6 M
  14. The Kresge Foundation $2.6 M
  15. The Oak Foundation $2.5 M
  16. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $2.5 M
  17. Unbound Philanthropy $1.8 M
  18. Esmee Fairbairn Foundation $1.8 M
  19. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $1.8 M
  20. The New York Community Trust $1.7 M
  21. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $1.6 M
  22. Humanity United $1.6 M
  23. Trust for London $1.3 M
  24. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $1.3 M
  25. Anonymous $1.3 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

8%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$288.1 Million out of
$3.5 Billion for all rights
817 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. United States $59.3 M
  2. Canada $58.8 M
  3. European Union Institutions $34.3 M
  4. United Kingdom $27.4 M
  5. Norway $24.3 M
  6. Sweden $22.5 M
  7. Spain $16.1 M
  8. Japan $7.7 M
  9. Denmark $7.1 M
  10. Global Fund $6.9 M
  11. Switzerland $6.8 M
  12. Ireland $6.1 M
  13. OPEC Fund for International Development $3.1 M
  14. Germany $2.4 M
  15. Italy $1.5 M
  16. International Development Association $919.6 K
  17. Finland $853.9 K
  18. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $500.0 K
  19. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $441.9 K
  20. Netherlands $402.4 K
  21. Belgium $397.6 K
  22. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $228.4 K
  23. Iceland $182.2 K
  24. Austria $35.7 K
  25. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2011 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$4,357,969 (2%)
99 Grants (6%)

Caribbean

$756,923 (0%)
24 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$2,904,622 (2%)
58 Grants (3%)

Global Programs

$21,188,318 (11%)
128 Grants (7%)

Latin America & Mexico

$8,944,661 (5%)
89 Grants (5%)

Middle East & North Africa

$3,463,126 (2%)
43 Grants (2%)

North America

$117,775,661 (63%)
1,130 Grants (63%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$13,418,314 (7%)
48 Grants (3%)

Western Europe

$19,976,526 (11%)
210 Grants (12%)

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

  • The Atlantic Philanthropies
    Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (United States)
    For advocacy and litigation to halt unconstitutional anti-immigrant state and federal policies and practices and to proactively advance immigrant rights.
  • The Oak Foundation
    Women's Link Worldwide (Spain)
    To develop and implement innovative strategies that promote migrant women's rights by: conducting legal and fact-finding investigations in Morocco and Nigeria; promoting the cross-regional fertilization of ideas and strategies to seek recognition for migrant women's rights; and conducting strategic litigation on behalf of victims of trafficking and migrant women whose rights have been violated in Spain.