19%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$714.8 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
4,971 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. NoVo Foundation $70.2 M
  2. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $70.1 M
  3. W.K. Kellogg Foundation $48.5 M
  4. Oak Foundation $36.2 M
  5. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $19.8 M
  6. Ford Foundation $19.8 M
  7. Comic Relief $19.1 M
  8. Annie E. Casey Foundation $17.8 M
  9. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $16.8 M
  10. California Endowment $16.5 M
  11. Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation $15.9 M
  12. Foundation to Promote Open Society $14.7 M
  13. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $14.1 M
  14. Walton Family Foundation $12.3 M
  15. JPB Foundation $11.5 M
  16. Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $9.9 M
  17. Paul Hamlyn Foundation $7.5 M
  18. Conrad N. Hilton Foundation $6.9 M
  19. Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation $6.9 M
  20. San Francisco Foundation $6.8 M
  21. Carnegie Corporation of New York $6.3 M
  22. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation $6.3 M
  23. Tulsa Community Foundation $6.1 M
  24. Freedom Fund (UK) $5.8 M
  25. Foundation for a Just Society $5.7 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

<1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$472.4 Thousand out of
$314.9 Million for all rights
3,343 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $60.4 K
  2. European Union Institutions $47.3 K
  3. Finland $46.3 K
  4. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $39.8 K
  5. United States $39.7 K
  6. Spain $36.5 K
  7. United Kingdom $32.3 K
  8. Canada $29.3 K
  9. Norway $28.7 K
  10. Germany $25.3 K
  11. Switzerland $21.6 K
  12. Italy $14.2 K
  13. Belgium $9.6 K
  14. Netherlands $9.1 K
  15. Australia $8.1 K
  16. Ireland $4.8 K
  17. International Labour Organisation $3.3 K
  18. France $2.9 K
  19. Iceland $2.4 K
  20. Japan $1.9 K
  21. Korea $1.5 K
  22. New Zealand $1.4 K
  23. Slovak Republic $1.2 K
  24. Austria $967
  25. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $853
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:      2018 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$27,441,691 (4%)
477 Grants (10%)

Caribbean

$4,253,873 (1%)
18 Grants (0%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$7,850,420 (1%)
143 Grants (3%)

Global Programs

$63,099,043 (9%)
145 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$23,068,105 (3%)
326 Grants (7%)

Middle East & North Africa

$12,322,879 (2%)
93 Grants (2%)

North America

$486,755,304 (68%)
2,845 Grants (57%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$71,055,198 (10%)
581 Grants (12%)

Western Europe

$36,958,518 (5%)
370 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 Intersecting Populations

In order to show the intersections of multiple population groups, these graphics indicate other population groups supported within funding towards the group highlighted on this page.

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.