10%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$226.9 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights
2,378 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $55.8 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $33.1 M
  3. National Endowment for Democracy $15.7 M
  4. Hivos $8.4 M
  5. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $6.8 M
  6. The Oak Foundation $6.0 M
  7. The California Endowment $5.7 M
  8. Omidyar Network Fund $5.6 M
  9. Wikimedia Foundation $5.6 M
  10. EEA and Norway Grants $4.9 M
  11. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation $4.5 M
  12. Nationale Postcode Loterij $4.3 M
  13. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $4.2 M
  14. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $4.1 M
  15. Foundation For The Carolinas $4.0 M
  16. The Atlantic Philanthropies $3.8 M
  17. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $3.1 M
  18. American Jewish World Service $3.1 M
  19. Humanity United $2.1 M
  20. NoVo Foundation $2.0 M
  21. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $1.8 M
  22. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $1.5 M
  23. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $1.4 M
  24. The Skoll Foundation $1.3 M
  25. Proteus Fund $1.2 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2013 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$18,007,579 (8%)
247 Grants (10%)

Caribbean

$1,426,357 (1%)
31 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$13,151,223 (6%)
281 Grants (12%)

Global Programs

$40,637,068 (18%)
213 Grants (9%)

Latin America & Mexico

$18,309,839 (8%)
315 Grants (13%)

Middle East & North Africa

$5,798,270 (3%)
92 Grants (4%)

North America

$97,822,416 (43%)
786 Grants (33%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$28,791,274 (13%)
328 Grants (14%)

Western Europe

$15,736,483 (7%)
175 Grants (7%)

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

  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
    Well Told Story (Kenya)
    For the ShujaazFM youth communications and social change initiative.
  • Ukrainian Women's Fund
    Pro-Cimislia (Moldova)
    To attract active young leaders to the First Step to Success Program by developing and placing materials in mass media and creating pages in social networks to share the diverse opportunities of the program.