Global Programs

15%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$401.2 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Nationale Postcode Loterij $176.36 M
  2. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $50.54 M
  3. NoVo Foundation $21.17 M
  4. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $19.15 M
  5. Ford Foundation $14.89 M
  6. Open Society Foundations $14.22 M
  7. The Oak Foundation $13.98 M
  8. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $10.89 M
  9. Howard G. Buffett Foundation $10.00 M
  10. American Jewish World Service $8.58 M
  11. The Atlantic Philanthropies $5.69 M
  12. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $5.27 M
  13. National Endowment for Democracy $4.52 M
  14. Humanity United $4.22 M
  15. The Rockefeller Foundation $3.95 M
  16. The Open Technology Fund $3.77 M
  17. Tides Foundation $3.71 M
  18. Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation $3.12 M
  19. Stop AIDS Now $2.91 M
  20. Foundation for a Just Society $2.61 M
  21. The Allstate Foundation $2.50 M
  22. Arcus Foundation $1.95 M
  23. Hivos $1.80 M
  24. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $1.79 M
  25. Human Dignity Foundation $1.79 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

22%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$836.1 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $167.20 M
  2. Switzerland $125.74 M
  3. Norway $94.41 M
  4. Netherlands $85.46 M
  5. United States $83.44 M
  6. United Kingdom $41.80 M
  7. Germany $32.14 M
  8. Denmark $28.58 M
  9. European Union Institutions $26.83 M
  10. Finland $23.83 M
  11. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $21.40 M
  12. Australia $19.61 M
  13. Belgium $15.40 M
  14. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $14.00 M
  15. Japan $10.33 M
  16. Spain $10.01 M
  17. France $9.98 M
  18. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $6.56 M
  19. Canada $4.81 M
  20. Italy $4.32 M
  21. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $2.55 M
  22. Ireland $2.35 M
  23. Iceland $1.16 M
  24. World Health Organization (WHO) $1.02 M
  25. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $1.00 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Health and Well-being Rights

$81,587,270 (20%)
61 Grants (7%)

Environmental and Resource Rights

$71,359,665 (18%)
91 Grants (10%)

Human Rights, General

$52,136,597 (13%)
123 Grants (14%)

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$78,167,710 (19%)
217 Grants (25%)

Children & Youth

$60,505,353 (15%)
94 Grants (11%)

Migrants & Refugees

$33,837,085 (8%)
82 Grants (9%)

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

$80,052,322 (20%)
271 Grants (31%)

Media and Technology

$51,778,547 (13%)
138 Grants (16%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$28,562,390 (7%)
98 Grants (11%)

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.