How do we define human rights grantmaking?

Guided by human rights funders and activists, we define human rights grantmaking as funding in pursuit of structural change to ensure the protection and enjoyment of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent human rights treaties. We include any grant that meets our definition, regardless of whether the funder considers their work to be human rights focused. We assign each grant to one of 27 human rights categories, grouped into 13 overarching issues, from access to justice to freedom from violence.

Because marginalized groups often face additional barriers to accessing their rights, we track funding for eight populations to offer insights on funding trends for those communities. We also look at the strategies funders support to achieve systemic change, like grassroots organizing and litigation, to gain a more nuanced understanding of funding approaches.