7%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$165.7 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights
2,620 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. National Endowment for Democracy $25.7 M
  2. The Freedom Fund - London $10.0 M
  3. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $9.2 M
  4. Oak Foundation $8.3 M
  5. Tides Foundation $8.3 M
  6. American Jewish World Service $7.5 M
  7. Human Dignity Foundation $7.0 M
  8. Ford Foundation $7.0 M
  9. Open Doors International $6.1 M
  10. Humanity United $6.1 M
  11. NoVo Foundation $5.3 M
  12. Fund For Global Human Rights $4.7 M
  13. Foundation to Promote Open Society $3.8 M
  14. Foundation for a Just Society $3.4 M
  15. Freedom House $3.0 M
  16. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $3.0 M
  17. Cordaid $2.9 M
  18. The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women $2.8 M
  19. Global Greengrants Fund $2.0 M
  20. The Global Fund for Women $1.9 M
  21. International Development Research Centre $1.9 M
  22. The Skoll Foundation $1.9 M
  23. Mensen met een Missie $1.9 M
  24. Paul Hamlyn Foundation $1.9 M
  25. Korea Foundation for Women $1.4 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

17%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$641.2 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
3,162 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Australia $107.3 M
  2. United Kingdom $85.4 M
  3. United States $66.0 M
  4. European Union Institutions $58.8 M
  5. Canada $43.9 M
  6. Norway $43.3 M
  7. Germany $37.2 M
  8. Denmark $36.4 M
  9. Sweden $36.0 M
  10. Finland $33.8 M
  11. Switzerland $19.2 M
  12. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $18.9 M
  13. Netherlands $10.7 M
  14. Italy $7.8 M
  15. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $7.7 M
  16. Korea $5.9 M
  17. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $4.9 M
  18. Belgium $3.8 M
  19. Ireland $2.3 M
  20. United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) $1.7 M
  21. Spain $1.7 M
  22. New Zealand $1.7 M
  23. International Labour Organisation $1.6 M
  24. Luxembourg $1.3 M
  25. France $1.3 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:      2015 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.

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

  • Tewa
    Nepal Muslim Mahila Kalyan Samaj (Nepal)
    To increase legal literacy among Muslim women, enabling them to advocate and lobby for the rights of their community.
  • The Gere Foundation
    International Campaign for Tibet (United States)
    To promote human rights for the people of Tibet.