Arts and Culture

Supporting the creation, showing, and/or dissemination of artistic works, including film, theatre, dance, music, or visual arts, relating to human rights issues. Includes grantmaking to promote cultural awareness and preservation.

3%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$59.6 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $14.70 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $4.26 M
  3. Nationale Postcode Loterij $4.13 M
  4. The Christensen Fund $4.08 M
  5. EEA and Norway Grants $2.25 M
  6. Hivos $2.06 M
  7. The Oak Foundation $2.03 M
  8. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $1.85 M
  9. National Endowment for Democracy $1.64 M
  10. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $1.61 M
  11. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $1.57 M
  12. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $1.07 M
  13. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $0.90 M
  14. The California Endowment $0.82 M
  15. Tamalpais Trust $0.59 M
  16. The Coca-Cola Foundation $0.50 M
  17. John Templeton Foundation $0.50 M
  18. The International Development Research Centre $0.49 M
  19. The Kaplen Foundation $0.43 M
  20. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $0.40 M
  21. The Russell Berrie Foundation $0.40 M
  22. The Henry Smith Charity $0.38 M
  23. Catalyst for Peace $0.36 M
  24. NoVo Foundation $0.33 M
  25. Unbound Philanthropy $0.32 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$4,395,116 (7%)
86 Grants (9%)

Caribbean

$506,620 (1%)
8 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$5,885,314 (10%)
154 Grants (16%)

Global Programs

$10,039,998 (17%)
72 Grants (7%)

Latin America & Mexico

$5,198,400 (9%)
134 Grants (14%)

Middle East & North Africa

$1,679,690 (3%)
34 Grants (4%)

North America

$20,440,321 (34%)
303 Grants (31%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$8,640,154 (14%)
106 Grants (11%)

Western Europe

$6,229,342 (10%)
101 Grants (10%)

Regional focus includes grants going directly to recipients in the region specified and to recipients located in other regions for activities focused on the region specified.

Issue Focus

Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

$13,296,923 (22%)
207 Grants (21%)

Social and Cultural Rights

$9,459,893 (16%)
148 Grants (15%)

Human Rights, General

$8,506,708 (14%)
115 Grants (12%)

Population Focus

Children & Youth

$12,754,724 (21%)
274 Grants (28%)

Women & Girls

$9,237,502 (15%)
209 Grants (22%)

Indigenous Peoples

$7,479,127 (13%)
92 Grants (9%)

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.

Sample Grants

  • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation gave core support to Streetwise Opera in the United Kingdom for the delivery of programs, including weekly workshops in homeless centers and arts venues leading to opera productions starring homeless performers alongside professionals, to help homeless people make positive changes in their lives.
  • Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca supported Amani Nyayo Onlus in Italy for Stories of the Other World, featuring film, culture, and music from Africa to Latin America.