14%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$337.2 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights
2,889 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $55.5 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $30.3 M
  3. National Endowment for Democracy $26.9 M
  4. The Atlantic Philanthropies $24.6 M
  5. The Oak Foundation $17.3 M
  6. EEA and Norway Grants $13.6 M
  7. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $12.9 M
  8. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $10.0 M
  9. The California Endowment $9.9 M
  10. American Jewish World Service $9.0 M
  11. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $7.7 M
  12. The JPB Foundation $7.0 M
  13. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $6.5 M
  14. Comic Relief UK $6.4 M
  15. NoVo Foundation $6.2 M
  16. Vinik Family Foundation $5.0 M
  17. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $4.7 M
  18. Freedom House $4.5 M
  19. Hivos $3.9 M
  20. Public Welfare Foundation $3.5 M
  21. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $3.4 M
  22. Wallace H. Coulter Foundation $3.4 M
  23. The Annie E. Casey Foundation $3.1 M
  24. Foundation for a Just Society $2.9 M
  25. The Christensen Fund $2.9 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2013 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$30,750,671 (9%)
306 Grants (11%)

Caribbean

$4,289,256 (1%)
51 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$24,061,595 (7%)
380 Grants (13%)

Global Programs

$19,901,848 (6%)
115 Grants (4%)

Latin America & Mexico

$30,523,451 (9%)
490 Grants (17%)

Middle East & North Africa

$9,550,754 (3%)
125 Grants (4%)

North America

$158,376,292 (47%)
770 Grants (27%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$50,407,567 (15%)
565 Grants (20%)

Western Europe

$25,246,198 (7%)
153 Grants (5%)

Region totals include both foundation grants directly to recipients based in the region specified and foundation grants to recipients located in other regions to do work benefiting the region specified. Grants may mention more than one region of benefit and therefore be counted in more than one category.

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

  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation
    Baoba Fund for Racial Equity (Brazil)
    To propel the Fund to self-sustainability by consolidating its institutional planning and increasing staff performance and achievements.
  • Mongolian Women's Fund
    Compass Center NGO (Mongolia)
    To develop the capacity of the Coalition against Sexual Harassment in Work Place to advance policy reform through training and meetings.