10%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$290.4 Million out of
$2.8 Billion for all rights
2,526 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $26.1 M
  2. NEO Philanthropy $20.6 M
  3. NoVo Foundation $16.4 M
  4. Foundation to Promote Open Society $16.4 M
  5. Carnegie Corporation of New York $15.2 M
  6. The California Endowment $13.3 M
  7. Oak Foundation $13.0 M
  8. Big Lottery Fund $12.4 M
  9. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $10.4 M
  10. Foundation for a Just Society $9.6 M
  11. Unbound Philanthropy $8.8 M
  12. The James Irvine Foundation $8.4 M
  13. W.K. Kellogg Foundation $7.9 M
  14. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $7.6 M
  15. The JPB Foundation $5.3 M
  16. Paul Hamlyn Foundation $4.4 M
  17. National Endowment for Democracy $4.4 M
  18. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $4.1 M
  19. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $3.9 M
  20. The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women $3.5 M
  21. Comic Relief $3.0 M
  22. Colcom Foundation $2.9 M
  23. Marguerite Casey Foundation $2.7 M
  24. Howard G. Buffett Foundation $2.7 M
  25. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $2.5 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

17%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$678.1 Million out of
$3.9 Billion for all rights
799 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Italy $234.3 M
  2. European Union Institutions $191.9 M
  3. United States $51.6 M
  4. Sweden $41.6 M
  5. Australia $32.5 M
  6. Canada $31.9 M
  7. Germany $18.5 M
  8. Netherlands $14.7 M
  9. United Kingdom $14.0 M
  10. Finland $13.8 M
  11. Switzerland $10.7 M
  12. Norway $7.8 M
  13. Spain $4.3 M
  14. Japan $4.1 M
  15. United Arab Emirates $2.2 M
  16. International Labour Organisation $2.1 M
  17. Korea $903.3 K
  18. Ireland $238.4 K
  19. Luxembourg $236.8 K
  20. Denmark $202.4 K
  21. Iceland $119.3 K
  22. Slovak Republic $113.2 K
  23. Austria $82.5 K
  24. Estonia $70.8 K
  25. Portugal $53.9 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:      2016 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$9,071,100 (3%)
100 Grants (4%)

Caribbean

$650,470 (0%)
21 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$1,826,600 (1%)
92 Grants (4%)

Global Programs

$15,911,782 (5%)
108 Grants (4%)

Latin America & Mexico

$10,764,918 (4%)
126 Grants (5%)

Middle East & North Africa

$9,217,985 (3%)
127 Grants (5%)

North America

$197,302,123 (68%)
1,469 Grants (58%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$7,309,672 (3%)
89 Grants (4%)

Western Europe

$42,850,398 (15%)
443 Grants (18%)

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.