3%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$59.6 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights
970 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $14.7 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $4.3 M
  3. Nationale Postcode Loterij $4.1 M
  4. The Christensen Fund $4.1 M
  5. EEA and Norway Grants $2.2 M
  6. Hivos $2.1 M
  7. The Oak Foundation $2.0 M
  8. The Nathan Cummings Foundation $1.8 M
  9. National Endowment for Democracy $1.6 M
  10. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $1.6 M
  11. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $1.6 M
  12. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $1.1 M
  13. The Sigrid Rausing Trust $899.5 K
  14. The California Endowment $816.3 K
  15. Tamalpais Trust $585.0 K
  16. The Coca-Cola Foundation $500.0 K
  17. John Templeton Foundation $500.0 K
  18. The International Development Research Centre $485.6 K
  19. The Kaplen Foundation $425.0 K
  20. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $404.0 K
  21. The Russell Berrie Foundation $400.0 K
  22. The Henry Smith Charity $375.4 K
  23. Catalyst for Peace $356.2 K
  24. NoVo Foundation $331.9 K
  25. Unbound Philanthropy $324.7 K
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings: 2013 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$4,395,116 (7%)
86 Grants (9%)

Caribbean

$506,620 (1%)
8 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$5,885,314 (10%)
154 Grants (16%)

Global Programs

$10,039,998 (17%)
72 Grants (7%)

Latin America & Mexico

$5,198,400 (9%)
134 Grants (14%)

Middle East & North Africa

$1,679,690 (3%)
34 Grants (4%)

North America

$20,440,321 (34%)
303 Grants (31%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$8,640,154 (14%)
106 Grants (11%)

Western Europe

$6,229,342 (10%)
101 Grants (10%)

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.

Sample Grants



  • For the delivery of programs, including weekly workshops in homeless centers and arts venues leading to opera productions starring homeless performers alongside professionals, to help homeless people make positive changes in their lives.
  • Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca
    Amani Nyayo Onlus (Italy)
    For Stories of the Other World, featuring film, culture, and music from Africa to Latin America.