20%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$538.8 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights
5,617 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $76.1 M
  2. NoVo Foundation $59.2 M
  3. Ford Foundation $48.2 M
  4. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $32.1 M
  5. Comic Relief $30.9 M
  6. EEA and Norway Grants $20.8 M
  7. National Endowment for Democracy $20.2 M
  8. The Oak Foundation $16.4 M
  9. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $15.9 M
  10. American Jewish World Service $14.3 M
  11. Cordaid $12.4 M
  12. Hivos $11.4 M
  13. Howard G. Buffett Foundation $10.0 M
  14. The Kendeda Fund $8.0 M
  15. Foundation for a Just Society $7.6 M
  16. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $7.3 M
  17. Tides Foundation $6.5 M
  18. Open Society Foundations $5.8 M
  19. Nationale Postcode Loterij $5.7 M
  20. Foundation For The Carolinas $5.7 M
  21. Open Society Fund Prague $5.4 M
  22. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $5.2 M
  23. The Global Fund for Women $4.4 M
  24. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $4.3 M
  25. Blue Shield of California Foundation $4.2 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

29%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$1.1 Billion out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights
4,408 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Norway $126.6 M
  2. Canada $111.3 M
  3. Global Fund $110.9 M
  4. Sweden $106.3 M
  5. United Kingdom $102.6 M
  6. Netherlands $66.1 M
  7. Australia $64.3 M
  8. European Union Institutions $63.3 M
  9. Finland $55.7 M
  10. Spain $49.1 M
  11. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $39.6 M
  12. Germany $36.6 M
  13. United States $34.3 M
  14. Belgium $21.5 M
  15. Switzerland $19.8 M
  16. Italy $16.1 M
  17. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $11.1 M
  18. Japan $8.4 M
  19. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $7.9 M
  20. Denmark $6.5 M
  21. Ireland $6.4 M
  22. Korea $5.8 M
  23. International Development Association $4.4 M
  24. Austria $3.0 M
  25. France $2.5 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2014 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$66,375,091 (12%)
801 Grants (14%)

Caribbean

$5,442,381 (1%)
76 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$33,333,046 (6%)
606 Grants (11%)

Global Programs

$78,167,710 (15%)
217 Grants (4%)

Latin America & Mexico

$38,734,176 (7%)
911 Grants (16%)

Middle East & North Africa

$21,336,419 (4%)
320 Grants (6%)

North America

$216,315,470 (40%)
1,415 Grants (25%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$89,917,130 (17%)
1,134 Grants (20%)

Western Europe

$25,772,528 (5%)
252 Grants (4%)

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

  • Hivos
    Cita Tenun Indonesia (Indonesia)
    To promote female entrepreneurship and sustainable consumption and production of hand-woven textiles in Indonesia and the Phillippines.
  • Ford Foundation
    Center for Reproductive Rights (United States)
    To use the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are obligated to protect respect and fulfill.