Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

Increasing an organization's sustainability and effectiveness through strategic and long-term planning, organizational assessment and development, business planning, the use of outside consultants and other methods to meet the capacity needs articulated by the grantee.

14%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$337.2 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $55.52 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $30.31 M
  3. National Endowment for Democracy $26.90 M
  4. The Atlantic Philanthropies $24.62 M
  5. The Oak Foundation $17.29 M
  6. EEA and Norway Grants $13.64 M
  7. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $12.94 M
  8. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $10.03 M
  9. The California Endowment $9.88 M
  10. American Jewish World Service $9.00 M
  11. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $7.69 M
  12. The JPB Foundation $7.00 M
  13. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $6.49 M
  14. Comic Relief UK $6.36 M
  15. NoVo Foundation $6.19 M
  16. Vinik Family Foundation $5.00 M
  17. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $4.70 M
  18. Freedom House $4.45 M
  19. Hivos $3.95 M
  20. Public Welfare Foundation $3.49 M
  21. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $3.41 M
  22. Wallace H. Coulter Foundation $3.35 M
  23. The Annie E. Casey Foundation $3.12 M
  24. Foundation for a Just Society $2.95 M
  25. The Christensen Fund $2.87 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

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%)

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

$57,369,636 (17%)
499 Grants (17%)

Health and Well-being Rights

$46,139,517 (14%)
306 Grants (11%)

Civic and Political Participation

$33,668,199 (10%)
327 Grants (11%)

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$63,981,567 (19%)
913 Grants (32%)

Children & Youth

$62,724,857 (19%)
682 Grants (24%)

Migrants & Refugees

$43,342,436 (13%)
250 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

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