17%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$536.8 Million out of
$3.2 Billion for all rights
4,386 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. W.K. Kellogg Foundation $78.6 M
  2. Ford Foundation $41.5 M
  3. NoVo Foundation $36.3 M
  4. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $32.2 M
  5. Tides Foundation $23.8 M
  6. Oak Foundation $23.5 M
  7. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $12.9 M
  8. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $10.8 M
  9. C&A Foundation $8.7 M
  10. The Annie E. Casey Foundation $8.4 M
  11. Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation $7.8 M
  12. The Kendeda Fund $7.6 M
  13. The California Endowment $6.8 M
  14. Comic Relief $6.6 M
  15. Foundation For The Carolinas $6.1 M
  16. Raikes Foundation $6.0 M
  17. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $5.8 M
  18. Carnegie Corporation of New York $5.5 M
  19. Open Society Institute $5.5 M
  20. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $5.5 M
  21. Public Welfare Foundation $5.0 M
  22. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $4.2 M
  23. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $3.9 M
  24. American Jewish World Service $3.9 M
  25. The New York Community Trust $3.8 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

23%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$867.1 Million out of
$3.9 Billion for all rights
2,828 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $212.1 M
  2. Canada $166.5 M
  3. United Kingdom $77.2 M
  4. United States $76.3 M
  5. European Union Institutions $57.7 M
  6. Norway $52.3 M
  7. Finland $45.0 M
  8. Germany $35.1 M
  9. Australia $31.5 M
  10. Spain $24.5 M
  11. Italy $17.1 M
  12. Netherlands $12.6 M
  13. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $10.8 M
  14. Switzerland $9.8 M
  15. Belgium $8.5 M
  16. Korea $7.0 M
  17. Ireland $6.0 M
  18. Japan $4.1 M
  19. France $3.2 M
  20. Austria $2.0 M
  21. United Arab Emirates $1.0 M
  22. Iceland $1.0 M
  23. African Development Fund (African Development Fund) $944.6 K
  24. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $822.7 K
  25. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $764.5 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:    2017 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$28,110,326 (5%)
416 Grants (9%)

Caribbean

$3,217,231 (1%)
57 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$5,492,157 (1%)
138 Grants (3%)

Global Programs

$29,666,224 (6%)
108 Grants (2%)

Latin America & Mexico

$18,721,457 (3%)
416 Grants (9%)

Middle East & North Africa

$3,524,860 (1%)
88 Grants (2%)

North America

$355,870,088 (66%)
2,195 Grants (50%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$68,412,005 (13%)
674 Grants (15%)

Western Europe

$24,791,169 (5%)
283 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 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.