1%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$16.8 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights
484 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Freedom House $4.5 M
  2. Foundation for a Just Society $2.0 M
  3. Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders $1.5 M
  4. Oak Foundation $1.2 M
  5. NoVo Foundation $825.0 K
  6. Foundation to Promote Open Society $758.9 K
  7. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $670.0 K
  8. American Jewish World Service $660.5 K
  9. Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights $647.2 K
  10. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $550.0 K
  11. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $512.5 K
  12. National Endowment for Democracy $511.1 K
  13. Hivos $470.7 K
  14. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $344.0 K
  15. Fund For Global Human Rights $329.5 K
  16. Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres $326.0 K
  17. Urgent Action Fund - Africa $306.7 K
  18. The Overbrook Foundation $230.0 K
  19. Fondo de Acción Urgente de America Latina $225.6 K
  20. The Freedom Fund - London $198.0 K
  21. New Israel Foundation $194.0 K
  22. Norwegian Human Rights Fund $185.7 K
  23. Ford Foundation $160.0 K
  24. Mama Cash $144.3 K
  25. Arcus Foundation $131.3 K
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$49.0 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
198 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $12.8 M
  2. European Union Institutions $12.3 M
  3. Norway $6.9 M
  4. United States $6.3 M
  5. Finland $3.5 M
  6. Netherlands $1.9 M
  7. Belgium $1.4 M
  8. Canada $1.1 M
  9. United Kingdom $650.6 K
  10. Switzerland $646.9 K
  11. Germany $529.3 K
  12. Ireland $485.2 K
  13. Spain $183.6 K
  14. Austria $144.1 K
  15. Estonia $55.5 K
  16. Italy $14.5 K
  17. M = Millions

Key Findings:      2015 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$3,555,800 (21%)
83 Grants (17%)

Caribbean

$848,886 (5%)
6 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$1,239,721 (7%)
29 Grants (6%)

Global Programs

$2,057,167 (12%)
16 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$3,535,876 (21%)
101 Grants (21%)

Middle East & North Africa

$2,909,559 (17%)
141 Grants (29%)

North America

$345,820 (2%)
25 Grants (5%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$3,635,885 (22%)
87 Grants (18%)

Western Europe

$1,710,119 (10%)
6 Grants (1%)

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.

Sample Grants

  • Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support
    Human Rights Defenders
    Provided rest and respite resources to a women human rights defender in Egypt who faced post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • The Overbrook Foundation
    Front Line-International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (Ireland)
    To increase protection for Latin American human rights defenders.

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.