13%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$309.2 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights
1,465 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Nationale Postcode Loterij $144.2 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $35.3 M
  3. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $28.8 M
  4. Freedom House $12.2 M
  5. Ford Foundation $10.9 M
  6. Hivos $10.8 M
  7. New Israel Fund $7.5 M
  8. The JPB Foundation $7.3 M
  9. The Atlantic Philanthropies $5.8 M
  10. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $5.2 M
  11. Vinik Family Foundation $5.0 M
  12. The Pershing Square Foundation $4.0 M
  13. EEA and Norway Grants $3.4 M
  14. King Baudouin Foundation United States $3.2 M
  15. Cordaid $3.2 M
  16. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $2.5 M
  17. Proteus Fund $2.1 M
  18. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $1.8 M
  19. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $1.7 M
  20. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $1.7 M
  21. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $1.6 M
  22. HJW Foundation $1.6 M
  23. Omidyar Network Fund $1.5 M
  24. Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust $1.5 M
  25. Moriah Fund $1.3 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

16%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$585.5 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
2,818 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $148.5 M
  2. Switzerland $103.1 M
  3. Sweden $84.6 M
  4. Denmark $44.2 M
  5. Norway $37.0 M
  6. Netherlands $30.1 M
  7. Belgium $18.2 M
  8. Finland $17.6 M
  9. France $15.5 M
  10. Germany $14.8 M
  11. Spain $13.1 M
  12. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $9.2 M
  13. Australia $8.5 M
  14. United States $8.5 M
  15. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $8.2 M
  16. Ireland $5.1 M
  17. Canada $5.1 M
  18. United Kingdom $4.8 M
  19. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $3.3 M
  20. Italy $1.8 M
  21. Luxembourg $1.3 M
  22. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $1.1 M
  23. New Zealand $590.0 K
  24. International Development Association $352.0 K
  25. Czech Republic $306.4 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings: 2013 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$9,350,713 (3%)
145 Grants (10%)

Caribbean

$691,456 (0%)
8 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$5,438,944 (2%)
92 Grants (6%)

Global Programs

$136,357,891 (44%)
233 Grants (16%)

Latin America & Mexico

$7,679,237 (2%)
88 Grants (6%)

Middle East & North Africa

$13,164,874 (4%)
167 Grants (11%)

North America

$77,687,245 (25%)
512 Grants (35%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$12,865,298 (4%)
160 Grants (11%)

Western Europe

$54,846,343 (18%)
90 Grants (6%)

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 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.

Foundation Funding by Strategy

Strategy totals include foundation funding that could be identified as supporting a specific strategy. Grants may employ multiple strategies and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • Freedom House
    anonymous recipients
    For emergency assistance to human rights defenders and civil society organizations at risk.
  • The Sunrise Initiative at NEO Philanthropy
    U.S. Human Rights Network
    To hire a coordinator for Human Rights at Home, a collaborative campaign to ensure that human rights principles, standards, and obligations are considered and implemented in domestic policy and practice.