<1%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$7.4 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights
125 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Comic Relief UK $3.1 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $1.0 M
  3. American Jewish World Service $845.5 K
  4. Mama Cash $495.3 K
  5. Segal Family Foundation $300.0 K
  6. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $239.2 K
  7. Tides Foundation $216.8 K
  8. Red Umbrella Fund $207.2 K
  9. Ford Foundation $200.0 K
  10. Hivos $185.9 K
  11. Stop AIDS Now $181.2 K
  12. Levi Strauss Foundation $180.0 K
  13. East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative $116.3 K
  14. Fund For Global Human Rights $115.0 K
  15. The Oak Foundation $100.0 K
  16. King Baudouin Foundation United States $95.2 K
  17. The M.A.C. AIDS Fund $50.0 K
  18. African Women's Development Fund $45.0 K
  19. The Overbrook Foundation $40.0 K
  20. Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres $35.5 K
  21. Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights $25.6 K
  22. $22.0 K
  23. Global Fund for Children $16.0 K
  24. EEA and Norway Grants $13.2 K
  25. Semillas $11.8 K
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

<1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$14.5 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
185 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Global Fund $7.1 M
  2. Sweden $6.3 M
  3. European Union Institutions $440.7 K
  4. Finland $248.1 K
  5. Belgium $199.2 K
  6. Norway $151.5 K
  7. United Kingdom $7.3 K
  8. M = Millions

Key Findings: 2013 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$2,310,922 (31%)
35 Grants (28%)

Caribbean

$219,027 (3%)
10 Grants (8%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$606,700 (8%)
13 Grants (10%)

Global Programs

$445,011 (6%)
4 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$286,735 (4%)
16 Grants (13%)

Middle East & North Africa

$10,550 (0%)
3 Grants (2%)

North America

$418,797 (6%)
9 Grants (7%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$3,152,416 (43%)
35 Grants (28%)

Western Europe

$615,042 (8%)
7 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

  • Women Fund Tanzania
    WAREMBO (Tanzania)
    For community dialogues and trainings to improve sex workers' awareness of sexual and gender-based violence.


  • To promote sex workers' rights through human rights education, sexual and reproductive health trainings, and advocacy with local authorities.

* Red Umbrella Fund, Mama Cash, and Open Society Foundations recently conducted an in-depth analysis of sex worker rights funding in 2013 and identified a total of $11 million in support. This additional support was identified through targeted data collection, including from non-governmental organizations, from which we do not collect funding data. To learn more: www.redumbrellafund.org/report/.