7%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$277.1 Million out of
$4.1 Billion for all rights
2,128 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Ford Foundation $47.5 M
  2. Foundation to Promote Open Society $22.0 M
  3. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $16.2 M
  4. Oak Foundation $16.1 M
  5. Omidyar Network Fund $15.2 M
  6. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $12.9 M
  7. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation $8.4 M
  8. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $8.4 M
  9. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $7.1 M
  10. California Endowment $7.0 M
  11. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $6.6 M
  12. Wikimedia Foundation $5.8 M
  13. Comic Relief $3.7 M
  14. Schmidt Family Foundation $3.4 M
  15. Tides Foundation $3.4 M
  16. Kohlberg Foundation $3.2 M
  17. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $3.0 M
  18. Libra Foundation $2.7 M
  19. American Jewish World Service $2.6 M
  20. NoVo Foundation $2.6 M
  21. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation $2.4 M
  22. Global Greengrants Fund $2.2 M
  23. Town Creek Foundation $2.2 M
  24. Sigrid Rausing Trust $2.1 M
  25. Foundation For The Carolinas $2.0 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2019 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$10,278,141 (4%)
159 Grants (7%)

Caribbean

$1,297,087 (0%)
14 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$4,796,698 (2%)
108 Grants (5%)

Global Programs

$51,288,654 (19%)
184 Grants (9%)

Latin America & Mexico

$18,039,874 (7%)
241 Grants (11%)

Middle East & North Africa

$6,567,061 (2%)
68 Grants (3%)

North America

$152,187,147 (55%)
933 Grants (44%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$26,752,338 (10%)
206 Grants (10%)

Western Europe

$15,688,520 (6%)
193 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.