Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $459.1 M
  2. Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $211.4 M
  3. Foundation to Promote Open Society $197.3 M
  4. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $140.7 M
  5. Oak Foundation $138.3 M
  6. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $136.9 M
  7. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $128.8 M
  8. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $123.6 M
  9. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $114.7 M
  10. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $109.5 M
  11. NoVo Foundation $93.5 M
  12. California Endowment $65.9 M
  13. Open Society Policy Center $64.0 M
  14. Kresge Foundation $55.6 M
  15. W.K. Kellogg Foundation $54.4 M
  16. Tides Foundation $54.1 M
  17. David and Lucile Packard Foundation $48.8 M
  18. James Irvine Foundation $46.3 M
  19. Howard G. Buffett Foundation $40.9 M
  20. Libra Foundation $40.4 M
  21. Foundation For The Carolinas $39.0 M
  22. Comic Relief $37.2 M
  23. Foundation for a Just Society $36.1 M
  24. Rockefeller Foundation $35.7 M
  25. Sigrid Rausing Trust $31.1 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $1.1 B
  2. Sweden $792.9 M
  3. United States $610.1 M
  4. Canada $549.0 M
  5. United Kingdom $421.8 M
  6. Germany $387.5 M
  7. Norway $272.4 M
  8. Switzerland $213.8 M
  9. Spain $185.6 M
  10. Netherlands $137.7 M
  11. Australia $137.2 M
  12. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $123.9 M
  13. Denmark $119.6 M
  14. International Development Association $101.2 M
  15. Belgium $92.4 M
  16. Finland $89.7 M
  17. France $64.5 M
  18. Italy $55.5 M
  19. Ireland $33.1 M
  20. Austria $23.6 M
  21. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $21.8 M
  22. Japan $20.4 M
  23. UN Institute for Disarmament Research $20.2 M
  24. Asian Development Bank $19.5 M
  25. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $19.3 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2019 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$172,261,471 (4%)
1,746 Grants (7%)

Caribbean

$14,424,268 (0%)
196 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$87,446,580 (2%)
1,025 Grants (4%)

Global Programs

$516,178,779 (13%)
1,724 Grants (6%)

Latin America & Mexico

$211,273,525 (5%)
2,687 Grants (10%)

Middle East & North Africa

$67,103,991 (2%)
786 Grants (3%)

North America

$2,584,550,467 (63%)
13,819 Grants (52%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$251,268,188 (6%)
2,671 Grants (10%)

Western Europe

$210,963,588 (5%)
1,917 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.

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.