14%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$257.7 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights
1,322 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $35.1 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $26.4 M
  3. NoVo Foundation $22.8 M
  4. Freedom House $19.9 M
  5. The Oak Foundation $19.3 M
  6. Nationale Postcode Loterij $15.4 M
  7. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $11.1 M
  8. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $10.0 M
  9. Anonymous $7.2 M
  10. Both Ends $6.3 M
  11. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $6.2 M
  12. Humanity United $6.0 M
  13. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $6.0 M
  14. NIKE Foundation $4.6 M
  15. ExxonMobil Foundation $4.6 M
  16. Cordaid $4.4 M
  17. The Open Technology Fund $4.2 M
  18. Tides Foundation $4.1 M
  19. Hivos $3.3 M
  20. American Jewish World Service $3.0 M
  21. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $2.8 M
  22. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $2.5 M
  23. National Endowment for Democracy $2.3 M
  24. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $2.2 M
  25. Arcus Foundation $2.2 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
1,356 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $123.3 M
  2. Norway $92.8 M
  3. Switzerland $89.4 M
  4. Netherlands $73.4 M
  5. United States $57.9 M
  6. European Union Institutions $35.3 M
  7. Denmark $32.4 M
  8. Germany $29.5 M
  9. Australia $16.7 M
  10. Finland $15.2 M
  11. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $13.6 M
  12. Spain $12.4 M
  13. Belgium $11.1 M
  14. United Kingdom $9.0 M
  15. Ireland $7.5 M
  16. France $7.4 M
  17. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $6.3 M
  18. Canada $4.9 M
  19. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $1.7 M
  20. Japan $1.3 M
  21. Iceland $880.0 K
  22. United Arab Emirates $471.1 K
  23. Austria $414.0 K
  24. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $376.7 K
  25. Luxembourg $352.3 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2012 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

  • The Sigrid Rausing Trust
    Global Witness (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
    Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (Argentina)
    To incorporate a Latin American perspective in the global human rights agenda.

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.