12%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$474.0 Million out of
$4.1 Billion for all rights
3,097 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $45.3 M
  2. Rockefeller Foundation $30.2 M
  3. California Endowment $26.6 M
  4. Oak Foundation $23.5 M
  5. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $20.9 M
  6. Foundation to Promote Open Society $20.9 M
  7. James Irvine Foundation $15.8 M
  8. Carnegie Corporation of New York $11.4 M
  9. Tides Foundation $9.7 M
  10. NoVo Foundation $9.6 M
  11. Open Society Policy Center $9.4 M
  12. Crankstart $9.0 M
  13. David and Lucile Packard Foundation $7.1 M
  14. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $7.0 M
  15. Unbound Philanthropy $7.0 M
  16. Marguerite Casey Foundation $6.5 M
  17. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $6.5 M
  18. Libra Foundation $6.3 M
  19. Paul Hamlyn Foundation $5.9 M
  20. Heising-Simons Foundation $5.8 M
  21. Lakeshore Foundation $5.5 M
  22. Wal-Mart Foundation $5.0 M
  23. UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women $4.9 M
  24. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $4.8 M
  25. Trust for London $4.8 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

19%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$1.1 Billion out of
$5.8 Billion for all rights
1,073 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. European Union Institutions $706.5 M
  2. Canada $83.0 M
  3. Sweden $72.0 M
  4. Australia $39.1 M
  5. United States $36.4 M
  6. Germany $31.5 M
  7. United Kingdom $27.6 M
  8. Spain $18.2 M
  9. Netherlands $14.1 M
  10. Switzerland $13.0 M
  11. Italy $9.7 M
  12. Belgium $6.6 M
  13. Finland $4.8 M
  14. Norway $4.8 M
  15. Korea $3.9 M
  16. International Labour Organisation $3.7 M
  17. Austria $2.5 M
  18. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $2.0 M
  19. Czech Republic $1.8 M
  20. Japan $1.2 M
  21. Iceland $868.0 K
  22. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $629.0 K
  23. France $465.9 K
  24. Slovak Republic $179.1 K
  25. Food and Agriculture Organisation $151.4 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2019 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$12,370,968 (3%)
121 Grants (4%)

Caribbean

$1,216,849 (0%)
24 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$6,612,177 (1%)
54 Grants (2%)

Global Programs

$68,419,886 (14%)
218 Grants (7%)

Latin America & Mexico

$19,770,074 (4%)
170 Grants (5%)

Middle East & North Africa

$8,725,718 (2%)
101 Grants (3%)

North America

$320,017,377 (68%)
1,944 Grants (63%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$8,835,918 (2%)
98 Grants (3%)

Western Europe

$40,684,223 (9%)
414 Grants (13%)

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.