11%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$269.4 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights
2,599 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $47.5 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $26.5 M
  3. The Atlantic Philanthropies $19.8 M
  4. Nationale Postcode Loterij $17.4 M
  5. NEO Philanthropy $13.4 M
  6. The Oak Foundation $11.3 M
  7. Carnegie Corporation of New York $11.0 M
  8. Unbound Philanthropy $6.9 M
  9. The JPB Foundation $6.9 M
  10. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $5.7 M
  11. The California Endowment $5.6 M
  12. The James Irvine Foundation $5.5 M
  13. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $5.0 M
  14. Trust for London $4.6 M
  15. Marguerite Casey Foundation $4.3 M
  16. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $3.6 M
  17. National Endowment for Democracy $3.5 M
  18. Avina Americas $3.4 M
  19. Wallace H. Coulter Foundation $3.3 M
  20. Humanity United $3.2 M
  21. American Jewish World Service $2.9 M
  22. Comic Relief UK $2.9 M
  23. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $2.9 M
  24. NoVo Foundation $2.7 M
  25. The New York Community Trust $2.5 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

7%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$264.5 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
644 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Norway $72.5 M
  2. United States $49.0 M
  3. European Union Institutions $38.7 M
  4. Canada $23.6 M
  5. Sweden $17.0 M
  6. Australia $10.6 M
  7. Switzerland $8.5 M
  8. Global Fund $8.4 M
  9. United Kingdom $7.4 M
  10. Italy $5.7 M
  11. France $4.6 M
  12. Spain $4.0 M
  13. Denmark $3.3 M
  14. Finland $3.2 M
  15. Germany $3.0 M
  16. Belgium $2.4 M
  17. Netherlands $1.4 M
  18. Ireland $358.0 K
  19. Iceland $328.7 K
  20. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $251.6 K
  21. Korea $117.8 K
  22. Czech Republic $93.2 K
  23. Austria $34.0 K
  24. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2013 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$10,804,869 (4%)
237 Grants (9%)

Caribbean

$671,835 (0%)
24 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$2,601,975 (1%)
76 Grants (3%)

Global Programs

$25,191,235 (9%)
125 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$16,392,716 (6%)
152 Grants (6%)

Middle East & North Africa

$7,606,943 (3%)
102 Grants (4%)

North America

$161,923,863 (60%)
1,430 Grants (55%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$9,693,580 (4%)
105 Grants (4%)

Western Europe

$41,802,748 (16%)
404 Grants (16%)

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



  • To promote transnational justice and address labor recruitment issues for Mexican guest workers through workers? education and outreach, education for policy-makers, filing legal complaints, and conducting legal research.
  • The Oak Foundation
    Terre des Hommes Lausanne (Switzerland)
    To work with children, policy-makers and practitioners to enhance transnational collaboration and improve protection for children on the move in central and southeastern Europe.