3%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$73.2 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights
892 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. New Israel Fund $16.0 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $12.2 M
  3. Open Doors International $6.1 M
  4. Ford Foundation $5.0 M
  5. Hivos $4.6 M
  6. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $3.9 M
  7. The Skoll Foundation $3.8 M
  8. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $2.8 M
  9. National Endowment for Democracy $1.9 M
  10. Nationale Postcode Loterij $1.8 M
  11. The International Development Research Centre $1.7 M
  12. Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders $1.7 M
  13. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $1.0 M
  14. The Global Fund for Women $983.8 K
  15. Freedom House $959.5 K
  16. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation $811.0 K
  17. Arab Human Rights Fund $788.5 K
  18. King Baudouin Foundation United States $780.2 K
  19. Fund For Global Human Rights $530.8 K
  20. Sabanci Foundation $524.4 K
  21. NoVo Foundation $450.0 K
  22. The Nduna Foundation $415.0 K
  23. Comic Relief UK $395.8 K
  24. Rockefeller Brothers Fund $380.0 K
  25. Mama Cash $320.0 K
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

10%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$380.5 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
1,458 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $91.0 M
  2. United States $63.4 M
  3. Sweden $54.5 M
  4. Norway $47.0 M
  5. Canada $23.6 M
  6. Germany $20.7 M
  7. Denmark $15.6 M
  8. Switzerland $13.9 M
  9. Netherlands $12.0 M
  10. Spain $7.2 M
  11. Ireland $6.4 M
  12. United Kingdom $5.7 M
  13. Belgium $3.8 M
  14. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $3.8 M
  15. Finland $3.5 M
  16. Italy $2.2 M
  17. Japan $1.1 M
  18. France $1.1 M
  19. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $1.0 M
  20. Australia $837.5 K
  21. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $714.8 K
  22. Iceland $323.7 K
  23. Korea $261.0 K
  24. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $193.5 K
  25. Slovak Republic $156.7 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2013 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.

Foundation Funding by Strategy

Strategy totals include foundation funding that could be identified as supporting a specific strategy. Grants may employ multiple strategies and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • National Endowment for Democracy
    Citizenship Forum for Democracy and Human Development (Libya)
    To strengthen Libyan civil society leaders' understanding of democratic values and capacity to lead civic initiatives, foster dialogue on key issues related to Libya's political transition, and advocate for freedom of press and association.
  • The Open Society Foundations
    Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering (Lebanon)
    To advance legislation on women's rights, provide psychosocial and legal services for survivors of violence, and provide literacy and vocational trainings for rural women.