7%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$159.2 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights
2,205 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $23.6 M
  2. Ford Foundation $22.8 M
  3. Hivos $11.2 M
  4. The Oak Foundation $7.7 M
  5. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $6.5 M
  6. Human Dignity Foundation $6.3 M
  7. Comic Relief UK $6.0 M
  8. National Endowment for Democracy $5.7 M
  9. Nationale Postcode Loterij $4.5 M
  10. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $4.5 M
  11. American Jewish World Service $4.3 M
  12. Open Doors International $4.2 M
  13. The Atlantic Philanthropies $4.1 M
  14. The Skoll Foundation $3.8 M
  15. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $3.7 M
  16. The International Development Research Centre $3.5 M
  17. The Global Fund for Women $3.2 M
  18. The Christensen Fund $2.4 M
  19. Tides Foundation $1.9 M
  20. Fund For Global Human Rights $1.9 M
  21. Freedom House $1.7 M
  22. Humanity United $1.6 M
  23. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $1.5 M
  24. Foundation for a Just Society $1.5 M
  25. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $1.4 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

19%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$714.5 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
2,832 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Australia $130.6 M
  2. United States $85.0 M
  3. Norway $64.7 M
  4. Sweden $64.4 M
  5. Canada $61.8 M
  6. European Union Institutions $50.5 M
  7. United Kingdom $49.3 M
  8. Germany $40.2 M
  9. Denmark $34.5 M
  10. Finland $29.4 M
  11. Switzerland $16.5 M
  12. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $11.4 M
  13. Netherlands $10.3 M
  14. Spain $9.3 M
  15. Korea $9.3 M
  16. Belgium $9.2 M
  17. Asian Development Bank Special Funds $7.4 M
  18. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $6.5 M
  19. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $6.0 M
  20. Luxembourg $3.1 M
  21. Ireland $2.6 M
  22. Italy $2.3 M
  23. New Zealand $1.9 M
  24. International Development Association $1.8 M
  25. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $1.7 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2013 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.

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

  • Tewa
    Sahayatri Samaj Nepal
    For a legal counselling service that supports victimized women to file, document, and follow up on cases and to advocate and organize awareness programs on women's rights issues.
  • Comic Relief UK
    Dhaka Ahsania Mission (United Kingdom)
    To provide a safe space for Dhaka's disadvantaged street and working children to rest, wash, eat, play, study, learn new skills, and receive healthcare.