8%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$141.1 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights
2,105 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $30.9 M
  2. National Endowment for Democracy $22.4 M
  3. Ford Foundation $15.8 M
  4. Hivos $5.4 M
  5. Comic Relief UK $5.3 M
  6. The Oak Foundation $4.2 M
  7. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation $3.8 M
  8. American Jewish World Service $3.7 M
  9. Mensen met een Missie $3.3 M
  10. UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality $3.3 M
  11. Norwegian Human Rights Fund $3.0 M
  12. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $2.7 M
  13. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $2.5 M
  14. The Global Fund for Women $2.3 M
  15. Nationale Postcode Loterij $2.1 M
  16. Humanity United $1.4 M
  17. Fund For Global Human Rights $1.4 M
  18. Mama Cash $1.3 M
  19. Global Fund for Children $1.3 M
  20. Human Dignity Foundation $1.3 M
  21. Tides Foundation $1.2 M
  22. Levi Strauss Foundation $1.1 M
  23. The McConnell Foundation $1.1 M
  24. Nirnaya Women's Fund $1.0 M
  25. The Rees-Jones Foundation $1.0 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

20%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$697.9 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights
2,710 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. United Kingdom $119.4 M
  2. United States $95.2 M
  3. Australia $75.7 M
  4. European Union Institutions $55.2 M
  5. Sweden $54.7 M
  6. Norway $46.8 M
  7. Canada $45.6 M
  8. Asian Development Bank Special Funds $38.8 M
  9. Denmark $33.4 M
  10. Germany $31.8 M
  11. Belgium $15.2 M
  12. Switzerland $14.4 M
  13. Japan $11.7 M
  14. Netherlands $11.5 M
  15. Spain $9.5 M
  16. Finland $8.0 M
  17. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $6.8 M
  18. International Development Association $4.9 M
  19. New Zealand $4.4 M
  20. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $4.3 M
  21. Ireland $3.1 M
  22. Luxembourg $2.6 M
  23. Korea $1.7 M
  24. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $1.2 M
  25. Italy $544.5 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2012 Funding

Key Findings

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 Population

Population totals include foundation funding that could be identified as meant to benefit a specific group. Grants may serve multiple populations and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • Humanity United
    Rainforest Action Network (United States)
    To strengthen the documentation and awareness of palm oil slavery in Indonesia and, together with Indonesian and Malaysian civil society, build capacity and interest in addressing anti-slavery issues.
  • Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust
    University of Colombo (Sri Lanka)
    To organize a debate competition among youth on promoting human rights, reconciliation, and pluralism.