2%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$44.4 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights
735 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $8.3 M
  2. National Endowment for Democracy $5.6 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $4.3 M
  4. Nationale Postcode Loterij $2.0 M
  5. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $1.8 M
  6. Tides Foundation $1.8 M
  7. NoVo Foundation $1.7 M
  8. Comic Relief UK $1.5 M
  9. American Jewish World Service $1.5 M
  10. Fund For Global Human Rights $1.4 M
  11. North Star Fund $1.2 M
  12. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $1.2 M
  13. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $1.0 M
  14. EEA and Norway Grants $985.8 K
  15. Catalyst for Peace $688.6 K
  16. The Christensen Fund $659.7 K
  17. The Oak Foundation $616.1 K
  18. Proteus Fund $570.0 K
  19. The Thomas Phillips and Jane Moore Johnson Foundation $500.0 K
  20. Unbound Philanthropy $478.9 K
  21. Ben & Jerry's Foundation $457.0 K
  22. The California Endowment $436.0 K
  23. Mama Cash $421.0 K
  24. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $350.0 K
  25. Hivos $341.6 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2013 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$4,577,812 (10%)
100 Grants (14%)

Caribbean

$591,661 (1%)
13 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$3,190,036 (7%)
65 Grants (9%)

Global Programs

$1,524,929 (3%)
19 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$2,352,169 (5%)
70 Grants (10%)

Middle East & North Africa

$1,021,074 (2%)
22 Grants (3%)

North America

$21,372,766 (48%)
335 Grants (46%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$8,398,975 (19%)
113 Grants (15%)

Western Europe

$2,615,223 (6%)
14 Grants (2%)

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

  • North Star Fund
    VOCAL-NY (United States)
    To organize its grassroots membership to educate New York City government leaders about key social justice issues, including HIV/AIDS, drug policy, policing, and affordable housing.
  • Ford Foundation
    Interfaith Worker Justice (United States)
    To advance the rights of workers by engaging diverse faith communities into action from grassroots organizing to shaping policy at the local, state and national levels.