13%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$229.1 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights
1,206 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $41.8 M
  2. Ford Foundation $24.2 M
  3. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $18.6 M
  4. The Oak Foundation $15.2 M
  5. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $9.2 M
  6. Nationale Postcode Loterij $9.1 M
  7. NoVo Foundation $7.3 M
  8. Anonymous $6.3 M
  9. Cordaid $6.2 M
  10. National Endowment for Democracy $6.2 M
  11. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $6.2 M
  12. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $5.9 M
  13. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $5.7 M
  14. Humanity United $5.5 M
  15. Hivos $4.3 M
  16. Tides Foundation $3.7 M
  17. The Rockefeller Foundation $3.0 M
  18. United Nations Foundation $2.6 M
  19. The Marcus Foundation $2.2 M
  20. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $2.1 M
  21. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $1.7 M
  22. Arcus Foundation $1.5 M
  23. Conrad N. Hilton Foundation $1.5 M
  24. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation $1.4 M
  25. The PHM Foundation $1.3 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
1,463 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Switzerland $97.9 M
  2. Sweden $97.0 M
  3. Norway $82.0 M
  4. Netherlands $67.5 M
  5. Denmark $37.9 M
  6. European Union Institutions $37.3 M
  7. United States $33.8 M
  8. Spain $20.5 M
  9. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $14.8 M
  10. Ireland $13.8 M
  11. Finland $12.9 M
  12. Australia $11.5 M
  13. United Kingdom $10.2 M
  14. Germany $10.0 M
  15. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $7.7 M
  16. Belgium $7.7 M
  17. Canada $6.9 M
  18. France $4.3 M
  19. OPEC Fund for International Development $1.0 M
  20. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $970.6 K
  21. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $674.6 K
  22. Iceland $433.2 K
  23. Austria $417.1 K
  24. Italy $326.1 K
  25. New Zealand $252.7 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2011 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

  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
    International Rivers Network (United States)
    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
    Futures Without Violence (United States)
    To support building a U.S.-based movement to end violence against women and girls globally.

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.