<1%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$5.8 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights
152 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Oak Foundation $1.2 M
  2. American Jewish World Service $849.7 K
  3. Elton John AIDS Foundation $653.3 K
  4. Levi Strauss Foundation $595.0 K
  5. Mama Cash $396.3 K
  6. Red Umbrella Fund $375.2 K
  7. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $366.9 K
  8. UHAI: East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative $206.9 K
  9. Stop AIDS Now $197.1 K
  10. The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice $174.0 K
  11. Fund For Global Human Rights $160.0 K
  12. Tides Foundation $156.4 K
  13. Ford Foundation $150.0 K
  14. EEA and Norway Grants $148.4 K
  15. The Pilgrim Trust $140.5 K
  16. Hivos $133.2 K
  17. Open Society Fund Prague $96.3 K
  18. Stephen Lewis Foundation $78.3 K
  19. The Freedom Fund - London $75.0 K
  20. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation $48.9 K
  21. African Women's Development Fund $41.0 K
  22. Global Fund for Children $33.0 K
  23. Bodossaki Foundation $23.8 K
  24. The Bromley Trust $22.9 K
  25. The MATCH International Women's Fund $21.9 K
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

<1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$2.4 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
19 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $832.2 K
  2. Norway $458.7 K
  3. Global Fund $435.0 K
  4. Finland $329.6 K
  5. Germany $133.1 K
  6. Belgium $127.2 K
  7. European Union Institutions $65.0 K
  8. Czech Republic $18.3 K
  9. Italy $5.0 K
  10. M = Millions

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$801,410 (14%)
30 Grants (20%)

Caribbean

$299,636 (5%)
11 Grants (7%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$437,138 (8%)
12 Grants (8%)

Global Programs

$213,500 (4%)
3 Grants (2%)

Latin America & Mexico

$475,234 (8%)
18 Grants (12%)

Middle East & North Africa

$22,000 (0%)
2 Grants (1%)

North America

$764,850 (13%)
14 Grants (9%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$1,233,046 (21%)
52 Grants (34%)

Western Europe

$1,563,745 (27%)
11 Grants (7%)

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

  • Mama Cash
    Associación de Trabajadoras Sexuales Mujeres del Sur (Peru)
    An organization led by sex workers, which offers training to its members and develops strategies to combat the police extortion, as well as harassment and violence in the society, that many sex workers face.
  • Dalit Foundation
    anonymous recipient (India)
    To provide educational programming for the children of sex workers.

* 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/.