1%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$33.9 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
574 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. NoVo Foundation $10.2 M
  2. Ford Foundation $8.5 M
  3. Foundation for a Just Society $6.1 M
  4. Oak Foundation $2.6 M
  5. Foundation to Promote Open Society $2.5 M
  6. Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders $2.1 M
  7. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $1.6 M
  8. Front Line- The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders $1.6 M
  9. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $1.4 M
  10. Urgent Action Fund - Africa $738.4 K
  11. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $675.0 K
  12. Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights $664.2 K
  13. Global Fund for Women $610.9 K
  14. Sigrid Rausing Trust $578.7 K
  15. American Jewish World Service $430.9 K
  16. Urgent Action Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean $406.1 K
  17. Calala Fondo de Mujeres $326.1 K
  18. Fund for Global Human Rights $246.9 K
  19. Overbrook Foundation $240.0 K
  20. Mama Cash $229.5 K
  21. Hispanics in Philanthropy $200.0 K
  22. Arcus Foundation $155.0 K
  23. WomenÕs Fund Asia $130.1 K
  24. New Israel Fund $96.9 K
  25. Comic Relief $86.1 K
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

<1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$61.5 Thousand out of
$314.9 Million for all rights
328 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $15.8 K
  2. Sweden $10.2 K
  3. United States $8.1 K
  4. Norway $5.3 K
  5. Spain $3.9 K
  6. Germany $3.8 K
  7. Netherlands $3.0 K
  8. United Kingdom $3.0 K
  9. Switzerland $2.6 K
  10. Finland $2.3 K
  11. Ireland $1.1 K
  12. Austria $465
  13. Iceland $434.8 K
  14. Canada $400
  15. Denmark $377.5 K
  16. Czech Republic $338
  17. Belgium $299
  18. Estonia $59.0 K
  19. Italy $16.5 K
  20. M = Millions

Key Findings:      2018 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$5,006,799 (15%)
32 Grants (6%)

Caribbean

$202,000 (1%)
5 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$672,219 (2%)
36 Grants (6%)

Global Programs

$11,864,376 (35%)
26 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$12,290,508 (36%)
147 Grants (26%)

Middle East & North Africa

$2,831,599 (8%)
166 Grants (29%)

North America

$355,032 (1%)
46 Grants (8%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$8,697,189 (26%)
121 Grants (21%)

Western Europe

$276,800 (1%)
12 Grants (2%)

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.

Grants in this category include those that explicitly reference human rights defenders in the grant description, as well as grants from funders that identified all of their funding as supporting this population.