Global Programs

13%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$229.1 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $41.79 M
  2. Ford Foundation $24.16 M
  3. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $18.57 M
  4. The Oak Foundation $15.24 M
  5. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $9.22 M
  6. Nationale Postcode Loterij $9.10 M
  7. NoVo Foundation $7.33 M
  8. Anonymous $6.29 M
  9. Cordaid $6.20 M
  10. National Endowment for Democracy $6.19 M
  11. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $6.16 M
  12. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $5.95 M
  13. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $5.71 M
  14. Humanity United $5.46 M
  15. Hivos $4.25 M
  16. Tides Foundation $3.68 M
  17. The Rockefeller Foundation $3.04 M
  18. United Nations Foundation $2.57 M
  19. The Marcus Foundation $2.18 M
  20. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $2.07 M
  21. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $1.70 M
  22. Arcus Foundation $1.52 M
  23. Conrad N. Hilton Foundation $1.50 M
  24. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation $1.43 M
  25. The PHM Foundation $1.30 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

16%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$578.4 Million out of
$3.5 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Switzerland $97.93 M
  2. Sweden $96.96 M
  3. Norway $81.99 M
  4. Netherlands $67.46 M
  5. Denmark $37.95 M
  6. European Union Institutions $37.33 M
  7. United States $33.84 M
  8. Spain $20.54 M
  9. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $14.78 M
  10. Ireland $13.78 M
  11. Finland $12.94 M
  12. Australia $11.48 M
  13. United Kingdom $10.19 M
  14. Germany $9.96 M
  15. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $7.73 M
  16. Belgium $7.67 M
  17. Canada $6.89 M
  18. France $4.32 M
  19. OPEC Fund for International Development $1.01 M
  20. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.97 M
  21. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $0.67 M
  22. Iceland $0.43 M
  23. Austria $0.42 M
  24. Italy $0.33 M
  25. New Zealand $0.25 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Human Rights, General

$67,278,225 (29%)
326 Grants (27%)

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$44,153,800 (19%)
262 Grants (22%)

Environmental and Resource Rights

$24,065,586 (11%)
77 Grants (6%)

Population Focus

Economically Disadvantaged

$69,175,662 (30%)
298 Grants (25%)

Women & Girls

$45,752,482 (20%)
291 Grants (24%)

Crime or Abuse Victims

$35,000,225 (15%)
190 Grants (16%)

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.

Sample Grants

  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation gave to the International Rivers Network in the USA to uphold international social and environmental standards at international financial institutions; protect river systems that are being targeted for large-scale river infrastructure development; and strengthen the capacity of local organizations to defend their rivers and participate in discussions on climate change and water and energy infrastructure.
  • Novo Foundation gave to Futures Without Violence in the USA to support building a U.S.-based movement to end violence against women and girls globally.

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.