7%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$132.4 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights
1,892 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $29.0 M
  2. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $13.7 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $11.9 M
  4. National Endowment for Democracy $10.0 M
  5. Hivos $6.2 M
  6. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $6.1 M
  7. American Jewish World Service $5.3 M
  8. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $3.8 M
  9. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $3.7 M
  10. The Oak Foundation $3.6 M
  11. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $3.4 M
  12. Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation $3.4 M
  13. The Summit Foundation $2.7 M
  14. Comic Relief UK $2.6 M
  15. Mama Cash $2.5 M
  16. Mensen met een Missie $2.5 M
  17. Fund For Global Human Rights $1.8 M
  18. Freedom House $1.5 M
  19. The Global Fund for Women $1.5 M
  20. Global Greengrants Fund $1.1 M
  21. Tides Foundation $1.0 M
  22. Cordaid $960.0 K
  23. Moriah Fund $795.0 K
  24. The Tinker Foundation $773.0 K
  25. Anonymous $771.4 K
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

12%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$412.0 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights
2,500 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Spain $73.7 M
  2. United States $63.8 M
  3. Canada $47.6 M
  4. Germany $42.9 M
  5. Sweden $37.3 M
  6. European Union Institutions $37.2 M
  7. Norway $36.9 M
  8. Global Fund $25.4 M
  9. Belgium $8.3 M
  10. Netherlands $7.9 M
  11. Finland $6.8 M
  12. Switzerland $4.8 M
  13. Denmark $4.3 M
  14. Inter-American Development Bank - Special Fund $2.9 M
  15. Austria $2.1 M
  16. Ireland $2.0 M
  17. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $1.8 M
  18. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $1.3 M
  19. Italy $1.1 M
  20. United Kingdom $904.2 K
  21. Luxembourg $791.3 K
  22. Australia $787.0 K
  23. Global Environment Facility $692.1 K
  24. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $576.5 K
  25. Korea $149.6 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

  • Semillas
    Mariposas Tlahuicas (Mexico)
    To train a theater group about sexual and reproductive rights and design a play about abortion to be performed in schools, town halls, and other public forums.
  • Sigrid Rausing Trust
    Dejusticia (Colombia)
    For general support of its research, advocacy, strategic litigation, and training activities to advance debates on law, institutions, and public policy and promote social inclusion, democracy, the rule of law, and human rights in Colombia, Latin America, and worldwide.