1%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$24.1 Million out of
$4.1 Billion for all rights
884 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Schmidt Family Foundation $4.7 M
  2. Foundation for a Just Society $4.1 M
  3. Oak Foundation $2.9 M
  4. Ford Foundation $2.7 M
  5. Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders $2.0 M
  6. Open Society Policy Center $1.9 M
  7. Foundation to Promote Open Society $1.7 M
  8. Front Line- The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders $1.7 M
  9. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $1.4 M
  10. Urgent Action Fund - Africa $1.2 M
  11. Urgent Action Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean $1.0 M
  12. NoVo Foundation $1.0 M
  13. Sigrid Rausing Trust $752.6 K
  14. Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights $751.2 K
  15. American Jewish World Service $699.5 K
  16. Voice $447.1 K
  17. Comic Relief $394.7 K
  18. Mama Cash $335.4 K
  19. Fund for Global Human Rights $333.6 K
  20. Norwegian Human Rights Fund $316.0 K
  21. Calala Fondo de Mujeres $295.3 K
  22. Overbrook Foundation $275.0 K
  23. Levi Strauss Foundation $205.0 K
  24. Urgent Action Fund Asia for Women's Human Rights Asia & Pacific $205.0 K
  25. New Israel Fund $197.8 K
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

2%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$103.8 Million out of
$5.8 Billion for all rights
452 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $33.2 M
  2. European Union Institutions $23.9 M
  3. United States $9.3 M
  4. Norway $8.8 M
  5. United Kingdom $8.5 M
  6. Germany $3.6 M
  7. Canada $3.4 M
  8. Switzerland $3.2 M
  9. Finland $3.1 M
  10. Netherlands $2.3 M
  11. Ireland $1.3 M
  12. Belgium $1.2 M
  13. Spain $884.9 K
  14. Central Emergency Response Fund $600.0 K
  15. Iceland $410.0 K
  16. Austria $107.1 K
  17. Estonia $56.0 K
  18. Czech Republic $28.2 K
  19. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2019 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$1,204,448 (5%)
83 Grants (9%)

Caribbean

$1,335,912 (6%)
9 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$592,240 (2%)
62 Grants (7%)

Global Programs

$5,254,178 (22%)
26 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$6,039,635 (25%)
261 Grants (30%)

Middle East & North Africa

$3,558,437 (15%)
176 Grants (20%)

North America

$1,373,075 (6%)
83 Grants (9%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$6,384,485 (27%)
182 Grants (21%)

Western Europe

$417,337 (2%)
23 Grants (3%)

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.