11%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$291.5 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights
2,331 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Nationale Postcode Loterij $33.9 M
  2. Ford Foundation $31.8 M
  3. NoVo Foundation $22.1 M
  4. Open Society Foundations $17.3 M
  5. Carnegie Corporation of New York $13.1 M
  6. NEO Philanthropy $13.0 M
  7. The Atlantic Philanthropies $12.8 M
  8. The California Endowment $11.7 M
  9. The JPB Foundation $11.3 M
  10. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $9.2 M
  11. The Oak Foundation $8.7 M
  12. Unbound Philanthropy $6.9 M
  13. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $6.1 M
  14. Humanity United $5.7 M
  15. EEA and Norway Grants $5.4 M
  16. The James Irvine Foundation $5.1 M
  17. Comic Relief $4.8 M
  18. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $4.6 M
  19. Wallace H. Coulter Foundation $4.5 M
  20. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $4.1 M
  21. Avina Americas $3.4 M
  22. National Endowment for Democracy $3.2 M
  23. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $3.1 M
  24. Trust for London $3.0 M
  25. Tides Foundation $2.9 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

8%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$310.7 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights
622 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Norway $65.7 M
  2. Canada $61.7 M
  3. European Union Institutions $54.8 M
  4. United States $47.8 M
  5. Australia $21.2 M
  6. Sweden $14.2 M
  7. Finland $10.3 M
  8. Switzerland $8.5 M
  9. Belgium $5.8 M
  10. Global Fund $5.2 M
  11. Japan $5.1 M
  12. Germany $4.5 M
  13. Asian Development Bank Special Funds $1.8 M
  14. Italy $1.3 M
  15. Spain $834.0 K
  16. Netherlands $456.0 K
  17. United Kingdom $390.7 K
  18. Iceland $305.2 K
  19. France $265.6 K
  20. Ireland $194.2 K
  21. Poland $119.2 K
  22. International Development Association $90.0 K
  23. Greece $66.3 K
  24. Austria $61.3 K
  25. Slovak Republic $25.2 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2014 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$8,677,977 (3%)
123 Grants (5%)

Caribbean

$521,200 (0%)
11 Grants (0%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$6,650,746 (2%)
101 Grants (4%)

Global Programs

$33,837,085 (12%)
82 Grants (4%)

Latin America & Mexico

$14,584,850 (5%)
124 Grants (5%)

Middle East & North Africa

$10,190,137 (3%)
125 Grants (5%)

North America

$165,146,381 (57%)
1,362 Grants (58%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$7,697,629 (3%)
104 Grants (4%)

Western Europe

$53,515,558 (18%)
386 Grants (17%)

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.