Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $287.0 M
  2. Foundation to Promote Open Society $205.8 M
  3. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $205.5 M
  4. NoVo Foundation $185.8 M
  5. Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $145.6 M
  6. W.K. Kellogg Foundation $144.4 M
  7. Oak Foundation $132.6 M
  8. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $122.9 M
  9. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $112.9 M
  10. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $66.9 M
  11. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $63.2 M
  12. California Endowment $61.8 M
  13. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $60.1 M
  14. Comic Relief $46.3 M
  15. Google Foundation $45.7 M
  16. JPB Foundation $45.5 M
  17. Foundation For The Carolinas $43.4 M
  18. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation $36.7 M
  19. Tides Foundation $35.1 M
  20. Foundation for a Just Society $34.8 M
  21. Freedom Forum $34.7 M
  22. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors $33.1 M
  23. San Francisco Foundation $32.3 M
  24. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $31.2 M
  25. Sigrid Rausing Trust $27.6 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $313.0 M
  2. United States $246.0 K
  3. Sweden $213.5 K
  4. Spain $166.9 K
  5. Switzerland $160.2 K
  6. Norway $143.2 K
  7. Germany $142.1 K
  8. United Kingdom $107.8 K
  9. International Labour Organisation $88.7 K
  10. Canada $88.3 K
  11. Finland $87.3 K
  12. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $75.4 K
  13. Belgium $63.6 K
  14. Netherlands $58.7 K
  15. Australia $46.7 K
  16. Italy $34.1 K
  17. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $30.0 K
  18. Denmark $29.4 K
  19. Ireland $28.7 K
  20. France $27.2 K
  21. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $24.1 K
  22. Austria $9.7 K
  23. Japan $4.5 K
  24. World Health Organization (WHO) $4.3 K
  25. Luxembourg $4.3 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:      2018 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$169,118,321 (5%)
2,007 Grants (7%)

Caribbean

$17,554,429 (0%)
195 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$57,966,961 (2%)
965 Grants (3%)

Global Programs

$461,601,899 (12%)
1,602 Grants (6%)

Latin America & Mexico

$214,516,893 (6%)
2,603 Grants (9%)

Middle East & North Africa

$88,091,678 (2%)
933 Grants (3%)

North America

$2,326,609,299 (63%)
15,168 Grants (55%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$290,947,200 (8%)
2,447 Grants (9%)

Western Europe

$187,618,122 (5%)
1,961 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.