39%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$1.6 Billion out of
$4.1 Billion for all rights
8,751 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $179.2 M
  2. Oak Foundation $103.3 M
  3. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $93.6 M
  4. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $72.9 M
  5. Foundation to Promote Open Society $68.0 M
  6. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $64.7 M
  7. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $60.8 M
  8. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $46.7 M
  9. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $45.5 M
  10. Open Society Policy Center $41.9 M
  11. California Endowment $38.0 M
  12. NoVo Foundation $37.0 M
  13. Comic Relief $36.0 M
  14. Foundation For The Carolinas $35.5 M
  15. James Irvine Foundation $20.6 M
  16. Arnold Ventures $20.4 M
  17. W.K. Kellogg Foundation $17.3 M
  18. Kresge Foundation $14.8 M
  19. Sigrid Rausing Trust $14.7 M
  20. Chan Zuckerberg Foundation $14.6 M
  21. European Endowment for Democracy $14.2 M
  22. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $13.6 M
  23. BHP Foundation $13.5 M
  24. Laudes Foundation $12.8 M
  25. David and Lucile Packard Foundation $12.1 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2019 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$85,515,052 (5%)
746 Grants (9%)

Caribbean

$6,962,864 (0%)
91 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$51,513,306 (3%)
364 Grants (4%)

Global Programs

$170,116,100 (11%)
561 Grants (6%)

Latin America & Mexico

$90,125,504 (6%)
1,143 Grants (13%)

Middle East & North Africa

$25,297,685 (2%)
314 Grants (4%)

North America

$929,993,432 (58%)
3,754 Grants (43%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$123,103,845 (8%)
1,049 Grants (12%)

Western Europe

$102,315,809 (6%)
724 Grants (8%)

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 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.