Grassroots Organizing

Building popular support for, encouraging activism around, and helping to organize individuals and communities to mobilize in support of particular issues.

2%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$44.4 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $8.26 M
  2. National Endowment for Democracy $5.60 M
  3. Open Society Foundations $4.34 M
  4. Nationale Postcode Loterij $1.99 M
  5. Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock $1.81 M
  6. Tides Foundation $1.77 M
  7. NoVo Foundation $1.67 M
  8. Comic Relief UK $1.53 M
  9. American Jewish World Service $1.52 M
  10. Fund For Global Human Rights $1.36 M
  11. North Star Fund $1.20 M
  12. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $1.18 M
  13. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $1.04 M
  14. EEA and Norway Grants $0.99 M
  15. Catalyst for Peace $0.69 M
  16. The Christensen Fund $0.66 M
  17. The Oak Foundation $0.62 M
  18. Proteus Fund $0.57 M
  19. The Thomas Phillips and Jane Moore Johnson Foundation $0.50 M
  20. Unbound Philanthropy $0.48 M
  21. Ben & Jerry's Foundation $0.46 M
  22. The California Endowment $0.44 M
  23. Mama Cash $0.42 M
  24. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $0.35 M
  25. Hivos $0.34 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

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%)

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

Civic and Political Participation

$9,286,599 (21%)
101 Grants (14%)

Health and Well-being Rights

$6,276,630 (14%)
99 Grants (13%)

Economic and Labor Rights

$6,145,467 (14%)
81 Grants (11%)

Population Focus

Women & Girls

$11,933,216 (27%)
246 Grants (33%)

Children & Youth

$8,552,200 (19%)
165 Grants (22%)

Migrants & Refugees

$5,322,365 (12%)
136 Grants (19%)

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

  • North Star Fund supported VOCAL-NY in the USA 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 gave a general support grant to Interfaith Worker Justice in the USA 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.