12%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$461.6 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
1,602 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Foundation to Promote Open Society $57.5 M
  2. Oak Foundation $50.0 M
  3. Google Foundation $45.2 M
  4. Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $40.7 M
  5. Ford Foundation $38.6 M
  6. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $38.2 M
  7. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $34.8 M
  8. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $30.3 M
  9. NoVo Foundation $22.3 M
  10. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $21.0 M
  11. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $14.3 M
  12. Freedom House $8.5 M
  13. Sigrid Rausing Trust $7.2 M
  14. Foundation for a Just Society $6.7 M
  15. Mulago Foundation $5.4 M
  16. Wallace Global Fund $4.9 M
  17. David and Lucile Packard Foundation $4.2 M
  18. Kendeda Fund $4.0 M
  19. Wal-Mart Foundation $3.8 M
  20. Schmidt Family Foundation $3.7 M
  21. California Community Foundation $3.6 M
  22. JPB Foundation $3.2 M
  23. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors $3.1 M
  24. John Templeton Foundation $3.1 M
  25. Charles LŽopold Mayer Foundation for Human Progress $3.0 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

21%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$1.1 Billion out of
$5.0 Billion for all rights
1,981 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $186.0 M
  2. United States $129.5 M
  3. Switzerland $119.8 M
  4. Germany $103.9 M
  5. United Kingdom $87.3 M
  6. Norway $84.2 M
  7. Japan $56.1 M
  8. Denmark $49.5 M
  9. Netherlands $44.7 M
  10. European Union Institutions $42.4 M
  11. Belgium $23.3 M
  12. Finland $22.8 M
  13. Australia $22.6 M
  14. Spain $20.1 M
  15. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) $13.0 M
  16. France $11.5 M
  17. Italy $4.8 M
  18. International Labour Organisation $4.5 M
  19. Ireland $4.1 M
  20. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $3.7 M
  21. World Health Organization (WHO) $3.1 M
  22. Iceland $3.0 M
  23. Canada $2.5 M
  24. Korea $2.4 M
  25. Austria $1.6 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:      2018 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.

Bilateral and multilateral funding includes disbursements not directed toward a specific country or region (designated in the OECD data set as “Bilateral, unspecified”). This includes disbursements providing a global benefit or used to cover the donor’s administrative costs.