4%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$101.8 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights
1,734 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $15.3 M
  2. Arcus Foundation $12.9 M
  3. NoVo Foundation $8.9 M
  4. Foundation for a Just Society $8.4 M
  5. Gill Foundation $6.4 M
  6. Elton John AIDS Foundation $6.1 M
  7. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $4.7 M
  8. Tides Foundation $4.0 M
  9. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $3.8 M
  10. The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice $3.1 M
  11. Big Lottery Fund $3.0 M
  12. American Jewish World Service $2.1 M
  13. Proteus Fund $1.7 M
  14. NEO Philanthropy $1.3 M
  15. ViiV Healthcare $1.3 M
  16. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $1.2 M
  17. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $1.2 M
  18. Mama Cash $1.1 M
  19. Fundacja Batorego $1.1 M
  20. Dreilinden, GmbH $1.1 M
  21. Comic Relief $1.0 M
  22. Nationale Postcode Loterij $999.0 K
  23. Oak Foundation $980.5 K
  24. The James Irvine Foundation $950.0 K
  25. EEA and Norway Grants $856.9 K
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$21.6 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
160 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $9.7 M
  2. Norway $3.2 M
  3. European Union Institutions $2.9 M
  4. United States $2.0 M
  5. Netherlands $1.0 M
  6. United Kingdom $894.0 K
  7. Finland $661.7 K
  8. Global Fund $435.0 K
  9. Germany $339.9 K
  10. Spain $267.1 K
  11. Switzerland $69.5 K
  12. Belgium $66.6 K
  13. Austria $55.5 K
  14. Canada $41.3 K
  15. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $505
  16. M = Millions

Key Findings:      2015 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$5,499,657 (5%)
154 Grants (9%)

Caribbean

$1,367,382 (1%)
25 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$4,431,054 (4%)
127 Grants (7%)

Global Programs

$7,916,204 (8%)
57 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$3,844,340 (4%)
157 Grants (9%)

Middle East & North Africa

$695,652 (1%)
37 Grants (2%)

North America

$63,179,120 (62%)
865 Grants (50%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$10,331,270 (10%)
220 Grants (13%)

Western Europe

$6,608,275 (6%)
104 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.

Sample Grants

  • Fund For Global Human Rights
    Queer Youth Uganda (Uganda)
    To educate the LGBTI community on their rights, offer legal and psycho-social support to young persons who identify as LGBTI, and provide means for them to fight discrimination.
  • Foundation for a Just Society
    Sankofa Initiative for West Africa (ISDAO)
    To establish an activist-led fund dedicated to strengthening and supporting a West African movement for gender diversity and sexual rights.