3%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$75.7 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights
1,015 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. National Endowment for Democracy $14.1 M
  2. New Israel Foundation $12.5 M
  3. Oak Foundation $6.7 M
  4. Open Doors International $6.6 M
  5. Human Dignity Foundation $4.4 M
  6. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $4.0 M
  7. International Development Research Centre $2.6 M
  8. The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women $2.1 M
  9. Ford Foundation $1.7 M
  10. Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders $1.5 M
  11. Fund for Women's Equality $1.1 M
  12. Hivos $1.0 M
  13. Tides Foundation $984.0 K
  14. Humanity United $968.9 K
  15. Comic Relief $917.2 K
  16. Freedom House $867.3 K
  17. Fund For Global Human Rights $716.2 K
  18. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $710.0 K
  19. NoVo Foundation $692.2 K
  20. Foundation to Promote Open Society $628.7 K
  21. The Nduna Foundation $619.0 K
  22. The Global Fund for Women $572.9 K
  23. Margaret A. Cargill Foundation $562.5 K
  24. Carnegie Corporation of New York $550.0 K
  25. Rockefeller Brothers Fund $505.0 K
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

11%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$395.5 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights
1,608 Disbursements

Top Funders

  1. Canada $59.5 M
  2. European Union Institutions $57.4 M
  3. Sweden $42.0 M
  4. United Kingdom $41.8 M
  5. Norway $33.9 M
  6. Belgium $30.1 M
  7. United States $29.1 M
  8. Denmark $25.4 M
  9. Switzerland $16.8 M
  10. Spain $10.8 M
  11. Netherlands $10.3 M
  12. Germany $9.2 M
  13. Italy $8.1 M
  14. Finland $7.0 M
  15. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) $3.5 M
  16. Japan $2.7 M
  17. France $2.0 M
  18. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) $1.6 M
  19. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) $1.2 M
  20. Ireland $1.1 M
  21. International Labour Organisation $543.9 K
  22. Iceland $267.3 K
  23. Austria $203.8 K
  24. Australia $196.5 K
  25. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $185.9 K
  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

  • The Pollination Project Foundation
    Nicole Ayach (Egypt)
    To foster a dialogue around social change and man's usage of the Nile river through a puppetry performance for audiences at community centers across Cairo and Alexandria.
  • The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
    American Near East Refugee Aid (United States)
    To implement the Right Start Early Childhood Development Program.