13%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$237.2 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights
2,648 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Comic Relief UK $53.1 M
  2. Ford Foundation $23.0 M
  3. American Jewish World Service $15.0 M
  4. National Endowment for Democracy $13.9 M
  5. The Atlantic Philanthropies $13.4 M
  6. Hivos $12.7 M
  7. Open Society Foundations $10.6 M
  8. Humanity United $8.7 M
  9. The Foundation for Civil Society $6.8 M
  10. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $5.9 M
  11. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $4.8 M
  12. Tides Foundation $4.7 M
  13. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $4.7 M
  14. Cordaid $4.5 M
  15. The Oak Foundation $4.5 M
  16. Nationale Postcode Loterij $4.0 M
  17. Bloomberg Philanthropies $3.8 M
  18. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $3.6 M
  19. Mensen met een Missie $3.4 M
  20. Human Dignity Foundation $2.5 M
  21. Freedom House $2.3 M
  22. Fund For Global Human Rights $2.2 M
  23. African Women's Development Fund $2.1 M
  24. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $2.1 M
  25. NIKE Foundation $2.0 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

29%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$986.6 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights
3,605 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $140.3 M
  2. United States $126.0 M
  3. Canada $117.7 M
  4. Global Fund $111.1 M
  5. Norway $86.1 M
  6. European Union Institutions $73.2 M
  7. Denmark $55.5 M
  8. Germany $43.2 M
  9. Belgium $37.1 M
  10. United Kingdom $36.3 M
  11. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $26.2 M
  12. Finland $25.7 M
  13. Ireland $22.6 M
  14. Netherlands $20.2 M
  15. Spain $14.4 M
  16. Switzerland $10.8 M
  17. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $9.1 M
  18. Australia $7.8 M
  19. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $6.1 M
  20. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $4.4 M
  21. France $3.6 M
  22. Austria $2.0 M
  23. Italy $1.8 M
  24. Luxembourg $1.5 M
  25. International Development Association $1.1 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2012 Funding

Key Findings

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 Population

Population totals include foundation funding that could be identified as meant to benefit a specific group. Grants may serve multiple populations and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • Rockefeller Foundation
    Forum for African Women Educationalists (Kenya)
    To promote gender and education equity in Africa by fostering positive policies, practices, and attitudes toward girls' education.
  • Foundation for Civil Society
    Chama Cha Walemavu Wa Viungo Tanzania
    To promote the rights of people with disabilities in Kagera region.