<1%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$5.0 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights
127 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation $1.3 M
  2. American Jewish World Service $658.3 K
  3. Ford Foundation $625.0 K
  4. Red Umbrella Fund $572.4 K
  5. Mama Cash $478.1 K
  6. Fund For Global Human Rights $460.0 K
  7. Stop AIDS Now $200.6 K
  8. Open Society Foundations $185.4 K
  9. Elton John AIDS Foundation $167.0 K
  10. King Baudouin Foundation United States $148.0 K
  11. EEA and Norway Grants $138.9 K
  12. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $120.1 K
  13. Tides Foundation $107.9 K
  14. The Foundation for AIDS Research $98.0 K
  15. The Freedom Fund - London $86.4 K
  16. Hivos $86.3 K
  17. UHAI: East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative $83.5 K
  18. The Pilgrim Trust $69.9 K
  19. Global Fund for Children $51.0 K
  20. Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights $38.1 K
  21. Foundation Open Society Institute - Switzerland $32.5 K
  22. HIV Young Leaders Fund $30.0 K
  23. The Northern Rock Foundation $28.2 K
  24. The MATCH International Women's Fund $27.2 K
  25. KIOS-The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights $26.3 K
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

<1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$11.5 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights
29 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Australia $4.8 M
  2. Canada $1.4 M
  3. Global Fund $1.3 M
  4. United States $1.1 M
  5. Sweden $1.0 M
  6. Norway $733.1 K
  7. Finland $447.3 K
  8. European Union Institutions $317.0 K
  9. Belgium $252.4 K
  10. United Kingdom $17.4 K
  11. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2014 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$616,928 (12%)
26 Grants (20%)

Caribbean

$223,560 (5%)
6 Grants (5%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$345,764 (7%)
12 Grants (9%)

Global Programs

$3,187 (0%)
1 Grants (1%)

Latin America & Mexico

$386,138 (8%)
19 Grants (15%)

Middle East & North Africa

$28,180 (1%)
3 Grants (2%)

North America

$504,642 (10%)
11 Grants (9%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$2,422,438 (49%)
41 Grants (32%)

Western Europe

$610,511 (12%)
10 Grants (8%)

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

  • Women Fund Tanzania
    WAREMBO (Tanzania)
    For community dialogues and trainings to improve sex workers' awareness of sexual and gender-based violence.


  • To promote sex workers' rights through human rights education, sexual and reproductive health trainings, and advocacy with local authorities.

* Red Umbrella Fund, Mama Cash, and Open Society Foundations recently conducted an in-depth analysis of sex worker rights funding in 2013 and identified a total of $11 million in support. This additional support was identified through targeted data collection, including from non-governmental organizations, from which we do not collect funding data. To learn more: www.redumbrellafund.org/report/.