20%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$752.1 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
6,439 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $126.5 M
  2. NoVo Foundation $123.9 M
  3. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $68.6 M
  4. Ford Foundation $59.0 M
  5. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $33.8 M
  6. Oak Foundation $28.7 M
  7. Foundation for a Just Society $23.3 M
  8. Foundation to Promote Open Society $22.5 M
  9. Comic Relief $16.9 M
  10. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $13.9 M
  11. David and Lucile Packard Foundation $10.3 M
  12. UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women $9.7 M
  13. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $9.5 M
  14. Kendeda Fund $7.9 M
  15. Global Fund for Women $7.8 M
  16. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors $5.9 M
  17. African Women's Development Fund $5.8 M
  18. Sigrid Rausing Trust $5.1 M
  19. Hivos $5.1 M
  20. Mama Cash $5.1 M
  21. Global Greengrants Fund $4.6 M
  22. Tides Foundation $4.5 M
  23. American Jewish World Service $4.4 M
  24. JPB Foundation $4.0 M
  25. EsmŽe Fairbairn Foundation $3.7 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

<1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$624.5 Thousand out of
$314.9 Million for all rights
4,475 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Spain $91.2 K
  2. Sweden $67.3 K
  3. European Union Institutions $48.6 K
  4. Norway $45.5 K
  5. Finland $44.2 K
  6. United States $42.8 K
  7. United Kingdom $42.2 K
  8. Switzerland $34.0 K
  9. Canada $26.7 K
  10. Germany $24.8 K
  11. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $24.6 K
  12. Netherlands $21.5 K
  13. Belgium $19.1 K
  14. Italy $16.2 K
  15. Australia $16.1 K
  16. Ireland $11.1 K
  17. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $8.6 K
  18. France $5.9 K
  19. Japan $4.3 K
  20. Denmark $4.2 K
  21. Austria $3.1 K
  22. Iceland $3.0 K
  23. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $2.9 K
  24. Turkey $2.6 K
  25. International Development Association $2.6 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:      2018 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$57,704,142 (8%)
820 Grants (13%)

Caribbean

$2,339,648 (0%)
34 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$15,223,877 (2%)
441 Grants (7%)

Global Programs

$150,059,974 (20%)
329 Grants (5%)

Latin America & Mexico

$66,988,089 (9%)
1,190 Grants (18%)

Middle East & North Africa

$29,953,657 (4%)
299 Grants (5%)

North America

$322,317,074 (43%)
1,991 Grants (31%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$122,325,530 (16%)
1,107 Grants (17%)

Western Europe

$23,115,659 (3%)
301 Grants (5%)

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.