11%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$192.0 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights
2,234 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $41.3 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $18.2 M
  3. NEO Philanthropy $11.3 M
  4. Carnegie Corporation of New York $9.7 M
  5. Unbound Philanthropy $7.6 M
  6. The Atlantic Philanthropies $7.0 M
  7. The Oak Foundation $6.4 M
  8. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $5.3 M
  9. Comic Relief UK $4.9 M
  10. NoVo Foundation $4.7 M
  11. Marguerite Casey Foundation $3.5 M
  12. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $3.5 M
  13. Wallace H. Coulter Foundation $3.3 M
  14. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $2.9 M
  15. Tides Foundation $2.4 M
  16. The Global Fund for Women $2.4 M
  17. Public Welfare Foundation $2.4 M
  18. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $2.4 M
  19. Trust for London $2.3 M
  20. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $2.1 M
  21. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $2.1 M
  22. National Endowment for Democracy $1.7 M
  23. The California Endowment $1.7 M
  24. American Jewish World Service $1.5 M
  25. The JPB Foundation $1.4 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

5%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$179.3 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights
561 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $41.8 M
  2. United States $38.4 M
  3. Norway $19.1 M
  4. Canada $18.4 M
  5. Sweden $10.9 M
  6. Japan $10.0 M
  7. Switzerland $8.1 M
  8. Australia $7.3 M
  9. United Kingdom $6.5 M
  10. Global Fund $5.8 M
  11. Denmark $3.4 M
  12. Germany $2.3 M
  13. Spain $2.3 M
  14. Ireland $2.0 M
  15. Finland $865.7 K
  16. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $735.0 K
  17. Netherlands $554.6 K
  18. Italy $396.7 K
  19. Belgium $327.8 K
  20. Iceland $149.5 K
  21. Austria $100.5 K
  22. Czech Republic $39.4 K
  23. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $10.0 K
  24. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2012 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$10,142,290 (5%)
174 Grants (8%)

Caribbean

$975,050 (1%)
17 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$2,945,560 (2%)
63 Grants (3%)

Global Programs

$20,304,058 (11%)
138 Grants (6%)

Latin America & Mexico

$10,793,745 (6%)
92 Grants (4%)

Middle East & North Africa

$4,501,626 (2%)
92 Grants (4%)

North America

$119,393,621 (62%)
1,344 Grants (60%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$4,295,991 (2%)
73 Grants (3%)

Western Europe

$24,380,949 (13%)
275 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

  • Atlantic Philanthropies
    Migrant Rights Centre Ireland
    To improve human rights protections and access to services for the most vulnerable migrant workers.
  • Foundation for a Just Society
    Asylum Access (United States)
    To help refugee women assert their rights to safety, employment, education, and healthcare in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.