Global Programs

18%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$414.2 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Nationale Postcode Loterij $160.60 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $45.56 M
  3. Ford Foundation $33.99 M
  4. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $25.77 M
  5. The Oak Foundation $14.24 M
  6. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $13.59 M
  7. Freedom House $10.21 M
  8. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $10.10 M
  9. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $9.67 M
  10. American Jewish World Service $7.52 M
  11. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $7.28 M
  12. Open Doors International $6.44 M
  13. Cordaid $4.55 M
  14. The Pershing Square Foundation $4.18 M
  15. Foundation For The Carolinas $4.12 M
  16. The Atlantic Philanthropies $4.00 M
  17. Hivos $3.59 M
  18. ExxonMobil Foundation $2.97 M
  19. Bloomberg Philanthropies $2.78 M
  20. Humanity United $2.60 M
  21. The Christensen Fund $2.42 M
  22. Foundation for a Just Society $2.00 M
  23. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $1.79 M
  24. Omidyar Network Fund $1.60 M
  25. Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation $1.56 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

19%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$709.5 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $133.24 M
  2. Norway $101.68 M
  3. Switzerland $99.38 M
  4. Netherlands $71.98 M
  5. United States $65.48 M
  6. Denmark $37.01 M
  7. Finland $26.11 M
  8. Germany $24.85 M
  9. United Kingdom $21.31 M
  10. France $16.71 M
  11. Spain $14.35 M
  12. European Union Institutions $13.73 M
  13. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $13.70 M
  14. Australia $13.64 M
  15. Belgium $12.46 M
  16. Japan $9.23 M
  17. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $7.78 M
  18. Ireland $7.43 M
  19. Canada $6.90 M
  20. Italy $6.24 M
  21. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $1.87 M
  22. Iceland $1.11 M
  23. Luxembourg $0.63 M
  24. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $0.61 M
  25. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $0.60 M
  26. M = Millions

Issue Focus

Human Rights, General

$136,357,891 (33%)
233 Grants (18%)

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$47,891,432 (12%)
180 Grants (14%)

Sexual and Reproductive Rights

$47,282,035 (11%)
85 Grants (7%)

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$78,526,747 (19%)
291 Grants (23%)

Children & Youth

$51,758,973 (12%)
144 Grants (11%)

Migrants & Refugees

$25,191,235 (6%)
125 Grants (10%)

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

$64,548,134 (16%)
314 Grants (24%)

Media and Technology

$40,637,068 (10%)
213 Grants (17%)

Research and Documentation

$36,112,530 (9%)
167 Grants (13%)

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.