Global Programs

17%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$411.7 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Nationale Postcode Loterij $146.05 M
  2. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $35.39 M
  3. Oak Foundation $30.20 M
  4. Ford Foundation $30.18 M
  5. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $19.67 M
  6. NoVo Foundation $12.63 M
  7. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $10.25 M
  8. Tides Foundation $10.03 M
  9. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $8.78 M
  10. Foundation to Promote Open Society $8.50 M
  11. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $7.69 M
  12. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $5.80 M
  13. National Endowment for Democracy $5.54 M
  14. Howard G. Buffett Foundation $5.00 M
  15. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $4.74 M
  16. Human Dignity Foundation $4.58 M
  17. Humanity United $4.55 M
  18. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $4.10 M
  19. King Baudouin Foundation United States $3.96 M
  20. Margaret A. Cargill Foundation $3.70 M
  21. The Skoll Foundation $3.45 M
  22. Foundation for a Just Society $3.21 M
  23. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation $2.88 M
  24. The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for Human Progress $2.13 M
  25. Moriah Fund $2.08 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

24%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$875.8 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Italy $230.94 M
  2. Sweden $126.20 M
  3. Norway $68.59 M
  4. United States $67.10 M
  5. Netherlands $62.73 M
  6. United Kingdom $61.33 M
  7. Switzerland $33.74 M
  8. Finland $31.93 M
  9. Denmark $29.52 M
  10. Germany $22.91 M
  11. European Union Institutions $22.03 M
  12. International Labour Organisation $21.20 M
  13. Australia $20.11 M
  14. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $13.73 M
  15. Japan $10.87 M
  16. Belgium $10.66 M
  17. France $10.27 M
  18. Spain $7.68 M
  19. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $7.31 M
  20. Greece $3.46 M
  21. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $2.85 M
  22. Ireland $2.71 M
  23. World Health Organization (WHO) $1.93 M
  24. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $1.31 M
  25. Iceland $1.08 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Human Rights, General

$74,747,818 (18%)
263 Grants (19%)

Freedom from Violence

$55,785,972 (14%)
208 Grants (15%)

Sexual and Reproductive Rights

$48,606,177 (12%)
82 Grants (6%)

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$98,014,313 (24%)
331 Grants (24%)

Children & Youth

$50,014,370 (12%)
188 Grants (14%)

Migrants & Refugees

$45,560,347 (11%)
149 Grants (11%)

Population Focus includes funding explicitly targeted to benefit specific groups and only illustrates those accounting for the largest shares of grant dollars or grants. See Methodology for details on how regional focus and population focus were determined and limitations.

Strategy Focus

Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

$94,552,790 (23%)
486 Grants (36%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$38,457,075 (9%)
154 Grants (11%)

Coalition-building and Collaboration

$34,564,132 (8%)
166 Grants (12%)

Figures represent only grants that could be identified as supporting a specific strategy. In addition, grants may employ multiple strategies and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation gave a multi-year grant to the National Security Archive Fund in the USA for work on international human rights and nuclear security.
  • Tamalpais Trust supported Tebtebba in the Philippines for its work to promote Indigenous cultural lifeways, traditional knowledge and Indigenous rights.

Case Studies

Bilateral and multilateral funding includes disbursements not directed toward a specific country or region (designated in the OECD data set as “Bilateral, unspecified”). This includes disbursements providing a global benefit or used to cover the donor’s administrative costs.