11%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$435.9 Million out of
$4.1 Billion for all rights
2,747 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $40.7 M
  2. Oak Foundation $38.9 M
  3. Foundation to Promote Open Society $24.3 M
  4. Ford Foundation $22.8 M
  5. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $20.3 M
  6. David and Lucile Packard Foundation $16.8 M
  7. James Irvine Foundation $14.8 M
  8. California Endowment $14.4 M
  9. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $10.5 M
  10. Foundation for a Just Society $9.8 M
  11. Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $9.5 M
  12. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $9.3 M
  13. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $9.1 M
  14. Comic Relief $9.0 M
  15. NoVo Foundation $8.9 M
  16. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $8.7 M
  17. Kresge Foundation $6.7 M
  18. Carnegie Corporation of New York $6.6 M
  19. Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies $6.5 M
  20. Chicago Community Trust $6.0 M
  21. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $5.7 M
  22. Open Society Policy Center $4.8 M
  23. Marguerite Casey Foundation $4.0 M
  24. Hab Charitable Corporation $4.0 M
  25. Libra Foundation $3.7 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2019 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$17,531,071 (4%)
225 Grants (8%)

Caribbean

$542,727 (0%)
11 Grants (0%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$8,955,049 (2%)
102 Grants (4%)

Global Programs

$48,745,136 (11%)
195 Grants (7%)

Latin America & Mexico

$22,201,655 (5%)
402 Grants (15%)

Middle East & North Africa

$3,225,724 (1%)
44 Grants (2%)

North America

$284,794,188 (65%)
1,183 Grants (43%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$30,490,347 (7%)
336 Grants (12%)

Western Europe

$30,586,315 (7%)
237 Grants (9%)

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.