3%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$138.7 Million out of
$4.1 Billion for all rights
2,142 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $19.2 M
  2. California Endowment $10.4 M
  3. Ford Foundation $9.0 M
  4. NoVo Foundation $8.6 M
  5. Foundation to Promote Open Society $7.7 M
  6. Comic Relief $7.3 M
  7. American Jewish World Service $6.6 M
  8. Global Greengrants Fund $6.4 M
  9. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $5.0 M
  10. Oak Foundation $4.9 M
  11. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $4.3 M
  12. Open Society Policy Center $3.9 M
  13. Foundation for a Just Society $2.3 M
  14. Libra Foundation $2.3 M
  15. Nathan Cummings Foundation $2.1 M
  16. Wallace Global Fund $2.0 M
  17. James Irvine Foundation $1.9 M
  18. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $1.9 M
  19. Laudes Foundation $1.7 M
  20. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $1.6 M
  21. Surdna Foundation $1.6 M
  22. Ben & Jerry's Foundation $1.4 M
  23. Schmidt Family Foundation $1.3 M
  24. African Women's Development Fund $1.1 M
  25. Kresge Foundation $1.1 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2019 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$10,931,461 (8%)
297 Grants (14%)

Caribbean

$1,350,179 (1%)
38 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$2,540,768 (2%)
61 Grants (3%)

Global Programs

$10,040,020 (7%)
33 Grants (2%)

Latin America & Mexico

$11,572,181 (8%)
542 Grants (25%)

Middle East & North Africa

$1,221,043 (1%)
31 Grants (1%)

North America

$82,502,554 (59%)
580 Grants (27%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$17,866,847 (13%)
395 Grants (18%)

Western Europe

$6,473,281 (5%)
86 Grants (4%)

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.