5%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$215.4 Million out of
$4.1 Billion for all rights
2,475 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $43.4 M
  2. Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $21.7 M
  3. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $18.0 M
  4. California Endowment $16.4 M
  5. Foundation for a Just Society $6.4 M
  6. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $6.4 M
  7. Foundation to Promote Open Society $6.2 M
  8. EEA and Norway Grants $6.2 M
  9. Astraea Foundation $5.0 M
  10. Arcus Foundation $4.9 M
  11. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $4.8 M
  12. Oak Foundation $4.5 M
  13. Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation $4.3 M
  14. Tides Foundation $3.7 M
  15. Comic Relief $3.5 M
  16. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $3.0 M
  17. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $2.9 M
  18. Sergey Brin Family Foundation $2.5 M
  19. Dreilinden, GmbH $2.4 M
  20. American Jewish World Service $2.4 M
  21. Mama Cash $2.3 M
  22. Wildcat Foundation $2.1 M
  23. NoVo Foundation $2.1 M
  24. Sigrid Rausing Trust $1.8 M
  25. Open Society Policy Center $1.8 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$66.3 Million out of
$5.8 Billion for all rights
250 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $18.4 M
  2. United States $11.0 M
  3. Netherlands $7.0 M
  4. Germany $6.7 M
  5. European Union Institutions $5.1 M
  6. Canada $5.1 M
  7. Norway $4.8 M
  8. Australia $3.3 M
  9. Spain $1.7 M
  10. United Kingdom $1.1 M
  11. Finland $976.8 K
  12. France $393.4 K
  13. Belgium $264.1 K
  14. Ireland $220.1 K
  15. Czech Republic $22.8 K
  16. Switzerland $22.1 K
  17. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $14.4 K
  18. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2019 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$6,643,219 (3%)
213 Grants (9%)

Caribbean

$1,866,437 (1%)
49 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$8,613,262 (4%)
162 Grants (7%)

Global Programs

$20,327,751 (9%)
87 Grants (4%)

Latin America & Mexico

$13,121,737 (6%)
385 Grants (16%)

Middle East & North Africa

$3,387,279 (2%)
82 Grants (3%)

North America

$144,349,300 (67%)
1,028 Grants (42%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$17,417,926 (8%)
413 Grants (17%)

Western Europe

$5,877,561 (3%)
98 Grants (4%)

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.