Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $386.9 M
  2. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $173.1 M
  3. W.K. Kellogg Foundation $150.6 M
  4. Open Society Institute $147.6 M
  5. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $138.7 M
  6. Tides Foundation $131.6 M
  7. NoVo Foundation $126.6 M
  8. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $87.2 M
  9. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $83.0 M
  10. Foundation to Promote Open Society $75.8 M
  11. Oak Foundation $71.9 M
  12. Foundation For The Carolinas $64.2 M
  13. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $60.6 M
  14. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $59.5 M
  15. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $55.4 M
  16. The California Endowment $44.9 M
  17. Fund for Policy Reform $41.7 M
  18. The JPB Foundation $40.6 M
  19. The Libra Foundation $34.9 M
  20. Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation $34.7 M
  21. The James Irvine Foundation $33.6 M
  22. The Freedom Forum $31.2 M
  23. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $30.7 M
  24. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $27.1 M
  25. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $26.9 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $609.6 M
  2. United States $559.4 M
  3. Sweden $548.3 M
  4. Germany $300.3 M
  5. Canada $271.1 M
  6. United Kingdom $206.3 M
  7. Norway $201.1 M
  8. Australia $148.9 M
  9. Switzerland $148.7 M
  10. Denmark $148.5 M
  11. Spain $134.8 M
  12. Italy $122.6 M
  13. Finland $93.2 M
  14. Netherlands $77.4 M
  15. Belgium $43.4 M
  16. Ireland $31.0 M
  17. Japan $30.5 M
  18. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $25.4 M
  19. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $20.8 M
  20. France $18.4 M
  21. International Labour Organisation $16.0 M
  22. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $14.7 M
  23. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $13.1 M
  24. Austria $12.0 M
  25. Korea $8.6 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:    2017 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$192,883,660 (6%)
2,085 Grants (8%)

Caribbean

$13,542,388 (0%)
248 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$32,959,787 (1%)
788 Grants (3%)

Global Programs

$416,342,178 (13%)
1,447 Grants (6%)

Latin America & Mexico

$219,240,723 (7%)
2,903 Grants (12%)

Middle East & North Africa

$57,448,475 (2%)
731 Grants (3%)

North America

$2,049,562,935 (63%)
13,314 Grants (53%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$238,435,470 (7%)
2,346 Grants (9%)

Western Europe

$152,529,829 (5%)
1,610 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 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.