7%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$119.7 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights
1,917 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $24.2 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $19.0 M
  3. National Endowment for Democracy $10.4 M
  4. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $10.0 M
  5. Hivos $5.5 M
  6. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $5.5 M
  7. The Oak Foundation $4.4 M
  8. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $3.9 M
  9. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $3.7 M
  10. Anonymous $2.5 M
  11. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $2.3 M
  12. American Jewish World Service $2.3 M
  13. Mensen met een Missie $2.3 M
  14. Cordaid $1.8 M
  15. The Global Fund for Women $1.7 M
  16. Global Greengrants Fund $1.3 M
  17. Fund For Global Human Rights $1.3 M
  18. Mama Cash $1.1 M
  19. Tides Foundation $1.1 M
  20. Semillas $843.9 K
  21. Front Line- The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders $815.6 K
  22. Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres $801.0 K
  23. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $790.0 K
  24. Disability Rights Fund $631.4 K
  25. The Tinker Foundation $597.0 K
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

13%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$459.2 Million out of
$3.5 Billion for all rights
2,796 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Spain $152.9 M
  2. United States $44.8 M
  3. Canada $43.7 M
  4. Germany $37.6 M
  5. European Union Institutions $35.6 M
  6. Sweden $35.1 M
  7. Norway $34.5 M
  8. Global Fund $14.6 M
  9. Netherlands $11.6 M
  10. Ireland $10.4 M
  11. Finland $7.3 M
  12. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $6.7 M
  13. Denmark $6.4 M
  14. Belgium $5.8 M
  15. Switzerland $2.6 M
  16. Italy $2.4 M
  17. Austria $1.8 M
  18. Inter-American Development Bank - Special Fund $1.6 M
  19. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $1.5 M
  20. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $950.7 K
  21. United Kingdom $446.6 K
  22. Luxembourg $321.9 K
  23. Australia $243.2 K
  24. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $217.1 K
  25. Japan $214.8 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



  • To build a visible trans movement in Chile by supporting trans people to advocate for their rights with the government, local authorities and service providers.
  • Brazil Human Rights Fund
    Human Rights Defenders Institute (Brazil)
    To provide legal assistance to residents of slums and peripheral communities in Rio de Janeiro in which Pacification Police Units have been or are being deployed.