Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $252.7 M
  2. Foundation to Promote Open Society $154.1 M
  3. W.K. Kellogg Foundation $148.5 M
  4. Big Lottery Fund $142.9 M
  5. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $141.8 M
  6. National Endowment for Democracy $126.9 M
  7. Oak Foundation $123.0 M
  8. NoVo Foundation $106.8 M
  9. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $92.6 M
  10. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $79.1 M
  11. Comic Relief $74.2 M
  12. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $71.9 M
  13. Vanguard Charitable-Donor Advised Fund $45.9 M
  14. The California Endowment $45.0 M
  15. Foundation For The Carolinas $43.6 M
  16. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $39.5 M
  17. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $33.7 M
  18. NEO Philanthropy $32.0 M
  19. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $31.6 M
  20. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $27.4 M
  21. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $27.1 M
  22. Carnegie Corporation of New York $25.9 M
  23. Laura and John Arnold Foundation $25.5 M
  24. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors $25.4 M
  25. The JPB Foundation $24.8 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $654.3 M
  2. Sweden $532.5 M
  3. United States $455.4 M
  4. United Kingdom $258.2 M
  5. Italy $251.4 M
  6. Germany $227.8 M
  7. Norway $195.0 M
  8. Switzerland $194.4 M
  9. Canada $179.2 M
  10. Denmark $154.1 M
  11. Netherlands $124.9 M
  12. Spain $114.7 M
  13. Australia $110.1 M
  14. Finland $109.4 M
  15. United Arab Emirates $53.8 M
  16. Belgium $31.4 M
  17. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $28.5 M
  18. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $26.7 M
  19. Ireland $26.4 M
  20. Japan $26.1 M
  21. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $23.7 M
  22. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $22.2 M
  23. International Labour Organisation $20.5 M
  24. France $20.1 M
  25. International Development Association $12.4 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings: 2016 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$153,913,389 (6%)
2,302 Grants (10%)

Caribbean

$32,971,333 (1%)
349 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$62,051,200 (2%)
1,300 Grants (6%)

Global Programs

$344,172,823 (12%)
1,247 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$176,656,204 (6%)
2,416 Grants (10%)

Middle East & North Africa

$58,065,507 (2%)
892 Grants (4%)

North America

$1,461,694,287 (53%)
9,401 Grants (41%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$269,216,963 (10%)
3,038 Grants (13%)

Western Europe

$269,910,918 (10%)
2,257 Grants (10%)

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.