9%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$378.6 Million out of
$4.1 Billion for all rights
2,207 Grants

Top Foundation Funders

  1. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $42.9 M
  2. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $34.5 M
  3. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $32.0 M
  4. Ford Foundation $31.6 M
  5. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $27.9 M
  6. Foundation to Promote Open Society $21.0 M
  7. Oak Foundation $11.2 M
  8. Arnold Ventures $10.1 M
  9. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund $7.8 M
  10. Sergey Brin Family Foundation $7.0 M
  11. W.K. Kellogg Foundation $6.5 M
  12. Omidyar Network Fund $5.6 M
  13. EEA and Norway Grants $5.6 M
  14. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $5.4 M
  15. Paul Hamlyn Foundation $4.3 M
  16. American Jewish World Service $4.1 M
  17. California Endowment $4.0 M
  18. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $3.9 M
  19. BHP Foundation $3.9 M
  20. Comic Relief $3.8 M
  21. Global Greengrants Fund $3.6 M
  22. Anonymous Funder 13 $3.2 M
  23. David and Lucile Packard Foundation $3.1 M
  24. S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation $3.1 M
  25. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation $2.7 M
  26. M = Millions

Key Findings:
2019 Funding

Key Findings

Foundation Funding by Region

Asia & Pacific

$33,557,799 (9%)
275 Grants (12%)

Caribbean

$1,402,782 (0%)
23 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$7,904,237 (2%)
113 Grants (5%)

Global Programs

$38,515,339 (10%)
138 Grants (6%)

Latin America & Mexico

$16,373,517 (4%)
300 Grants (14%)

Middle East & North Africa

$5,727,699 (2%)
68 Grants (3%)

North America

$205,368,570 (54%)
745 Grants (34%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$33,548,865 (9%)
313 Grants (14%)

Western Europe

$20,828,297 (6%)
203 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.