9%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$231.2 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights
1,989 Grants

Top Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $38.4 M
  2. The California Endowment $34.6 M
  3. National Endowment for Democracy $16.3 M
  4. Open Society Foundations $13.7 M
  5. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $12.1 M
  6. Howard G. Buffett Foundation $10.0 M
  7. Wikimedia Foundation $7.4 M
  8. Hivos $7.0 M
  9. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $6.9 M
  10. The Atlantic Philanthropies $6.8 M
  11. Nationale Postcode Loterij $6.5 M
  12. Foundation For The Carolinas $5.0 M
  13. EEA and Norway Grants $4.4 M
  14. The Open Technology Fund $4.2 M
  15. Comic Relief $3.3 M
  16. NoVo Foundation $3.0 M
  17. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $2.9 M
  18. The Skoll Foundation $2.8 M
  19. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $2.7 M
  20. Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation $2.6 M
  21. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $2.3 M
  22. Humanity United $2.2 M
  23. Laura and John Arnold Foundation $1.6 M
  24. American Jewish World Service $1.6 M
  25. Open Society Fund Prague $1.4 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

100%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$3.8 Billion out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights
14,941 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $587.6 M
  2. European Union Institutions $372.2 M
  3. Norway $372.1 M
  4. United States $363.5 M
  5. Canada $277.5 M
  6. United Kingdom $228.9 M
  7. Switzerland $206.4 M
  8. Germany $202.7 M
  9. Denmark $144.5 M
  10. Netherlands $141.2 M
  11. Finland $136.8 M
  12. Australia $135.4 M
  13. Global Fund $123.8 M
  14. Spain $96.6 M
  15. Belgium $88.6 M
  16. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $55.1 M
  17. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $32.3 M
  18. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $28.8 M
  19. Italy $28.3 M
  20. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $26.1 M
  21. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $25.9 M
  22. Japan $25.7 M
  23. Ireland $23.6 M
  24. France $19.4 M
  25. Korea $7.3 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$21,210,326 (9%)
261 Grants (13%)

Caribbean

$2,127,641 (1%)
24 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$13,002,863 (6%)
260 Grants (13%)

Global Programs

$51,778,547 (22%)
138 Grants (7%)

Latin America & Mexico

$18,789,795 (8%)
261 Grants (13%)

Middle East & North Africa

$7,270,170 (3%)
109 Grants (5%)

North America

$104,353,335 (45%)
579 Grants (29%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$18,653,392 (8%)
298 Grants (15%)

Western Europe

$14,771,320 (6%)
125 Grants (6%)

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

Population Focus

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

  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation supported Well Told Story in Kenya for the ShujaazFM youth communications and social change initiative.
  • Ukrainian Women's Fund supported Pro-Cimislia in 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.