Global Programs

14%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$257.7 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $35.15 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $26.40 M
  3. NoVo Foundation $22.82 M
  4. Freedom House $19.93 M
  5. The Oak Foundation $19.29 M
  6. Nationale Postcode Loterij $15.41 M
  7. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $11.13 M
  8. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $9.99 M
  9. Anonymous $7.18 M
  10. Both Ends $6.26 M
  11. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $6.24 M
  12. Humanity United $6.04 M
  13. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $6.02 M
  14. NIKE Foundation $4.63 M
  15. ExxonMobil Foundation $4.63 M
  16. Cordaid $4.41 M
  17. The Open Technology Fund $4.15 M
  18. Tides Foundation $4.12 M
  19. Hivos $3.34 M
  20. American Jewish World Service $3.02 M
  21. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $2.79 M
  22. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $2.51 M
  23. National Endowment for Democracy $2.27 M
  24. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $2.20 M
  25. Arcus Foundation $2.20 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

19%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$644.4 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $123.26 M
  2. Norway $92.76 M
  3. Switzerland $89.36 M
  4. Netherlands $73.43 M
  5. United States $57.90 M
  6. European Union Institutions $35.33 M
  7. Denmark $32.39 M
  8. Germany $29.47 M
  9. Australia $16.72 M
  10. Finland $15.18 M
  11. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $13.63 M
  12. Spain $12.39 M
  13. Belgium $11.11 M
  14. United Kingdom $9.03 M
  15. Ireland $7.53 M
  16. France $7.36 M
  17. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $6.30 M
  18. Canada $4.87 M
  19. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $1.70 M
  20. Japan $1.29 M
  21. Iceland $0.88 M
  22. United Arab Emirates $0.47 M
  23. Austria $0.41 M
  24. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $0.38 M
  25. Luxembourg $0.35 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Human Rights, General

$75,062,345 (29%)
322 Grants (24%)

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$55,372,582 (21%)
264 Grants (20%)

Freedom from Violence

$25,444,572 (10%)
173 Grants (13%)

Population Focus

Economically Disadvantaged

$98,252,791 (38%)
389 Grants (29%)

Women & Girls

$66,574,776 (26%)
330 Grants (25%)

Children & Youth

$47,808,001 (19%)
161 Grants (12%)

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

  • The Sigrid Rausing Trust gave to Global Witness in the United Kingdom for general support of its work to expose the hidden links between demand for natural resources, corruption, armed conflict, and environmental destruction.
  • Ford Foundation supported Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales in Argentina to incorporate a Latin American perspective in the global human rights agenda.

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.