13%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$515.0 Million out of
$4.1 Billion for all rights
4,221 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $38.7 M
  2. Oak Foundation $38.2 M
  3. Ford Foundation $34.2 M
  4. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $33.5 M
  5. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $27.7 M
  6. Open Society Policy Center $21.1 M
  7. Foundation to Promote Open Society $19.9 M
  8. EEA and Norway Grants $18.7 M
  9. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $17.2 M
  10. California Endowment $14.8 M
  11. James Irvine Foundation $10.6 M
  12. Walton Family Foundation $10.1 M
  13. Foundation for a Just Society $9.7 M
  14. Kresge Foundation $9.4 M
  15. W.K. Kellogg Foundation $8.6 M
  16. Arnold Ventures $8.3 M
  17. Margaret A. Cargill Foundation $7.9 M
  18. Global Greengrants Fund $7.4 M
  19. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $6.0 M
  20. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $5.9 M
  21. Comic Relief $5.4 M
  22. Libra Foundation $5.4 M
  23. American Jewish World Service $5.3 M
  24. Annie E. Casey Foundation $5.0 M
  25. UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women $5.0 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2019 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$29,863,839 (6%)
498 Grants (12%)

Caribbean

$1,638,011 (0%)
43 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$23,499,356 (5%)
285 Grants (7%)

Global Programs

$52,759,368 (10%)
134 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$46,023,491 (9%)
743 Grants (18%)

Middle East & North Africa

$9,103,562 (2%)
72 Grants (2%)

North America

$289,989,303 (56%)
1,470 Grants (35%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$48,698,418 (9%)
632 Grants (15%)

Western Europe

$32,047,029 (6%)
255 Grants (6%)

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.