12%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$445.2 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
3,293 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $43.8 M
  2. NoVo Foundation $35.9 M
  3. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $33.6 M
  4. Foundation to Promote Open Society $26.3 M
  5. Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund $15.5 M
  6. Oak Foundation $14.6 M
  7. San Francisco Foundation $12.7 M
  8. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $12.4 M
  9. Carnegie Corporation of New York $12.1 M
  10. James Irvine Foundation $11.7 M
  11. W.K. Kellogg Foundation $10.9 M
  12. California Endowment $10.9 M
  13. JPB Foundation $10.6 M
  14. Unbound Philanthropy $8.0 M
  15. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $7.5 M
  16. Wallace H. Coulter Foundation $7.3 M
  17. Marguerite Casey Foundation $5.6 M
  18. California Community Foundation $5.4 M
  19. Comic Relief $5.3 M
  20. Heising-Simons Foundation $4.6 M
  21. Paul Hamlyn Foundation $4.3 M
  22. Laudes Foundation $3.6 M
  23. Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust $3.4 M
  24. David and Lucile Packard Foundation $3.3 M
  25. Foundation for a Just Society $3.2 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

14%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$720.6 Million out of
$5.0 Billion for all rights
828 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $372.6 M
  2. Sweden $94.9 M
  3. United Arab Emirates $61.4 M
  4. Australia $39.3 M
  5. Germany $37.2 M
  6. United States $23.1 M
  7. Switzerland $18.2 M
  8. Italy $11.5 M
  9. Netherlands $10.7 M
  10. Belgium $9.4 M
  11. Finland $9.3 M
  12. United Kingdom $7.0 M
  13. Spain $6.6 M
  14. Norway $5.7 M
  15. Korea $3.2 M
  16. Japan $2.1 M
  17. Canada $2.1 M
  18. Austria $1.9 M
  19. International Labour Organisation $1.6 M
  20. Iceland $838.0 K
  21. France $535.4 K
  22. Central Emergency Response Fund $280.1 K
  23. Denmark $277.3 K
  24. Portugal $202.4 K
  25. Ireland $149.3 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:      2018 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$10,086,374 (2%)
106 Grants (3%)

Caribbean

$590,926 (0%)
13 Grants (0%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$2,331,178 (1%)
74 Grants (2%)

Global Programs

$41,068,917 (9%)
175 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$10,943,808 (2%)
150 Grants (5%)

Middle East & North Africa

$15,187,470 (3%)
114 Grants (3%)

North America

$327,984,374 (74%)
2,251 Grants (68%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$6,968,263 (2%)
83 Grants (3%)

Western Europe

$35,367,076 (8%)
384 Grants (12%)

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.