Where Do Human Rights Grants Go?

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Human Rights
Grantmaking

745 foundations in 34 countries made over
17,000 grants totaling $1.7 Billion in 2011

North America
$751 Million (M)

$235.13 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
31% of Region Total

$120.20 M
Human Rights, General
16% of Region Total

$89.18 M
Health and Well-being Rights
12% of Region Total

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Global Programs
$229 Million (M)

$67.28 M
Human Rights, General
29% of Region Total

$44.21 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
19% of Region Total

$24.07 M
Environmental and Resource Rights
10% of Region Total

"Global Programs” includes grants intended to support human rights globally.

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North Africa & Middle East
$78 Million (M)

$20.85 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
27% of Region Total

$20.56 M
Human Rights, General
26% of Region Total

$7.35 M
Labor Rights
9% of Region Total

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Asia & Pacific
$141 Million (M)

$26.72 M
Human Rights, General
19% of Region Total

$26.59 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
19% of Region Total

$19.46 M
Labor Rights
14% of Region Total

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Latin America & Mexico
$120 Million (M)

$32.16 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
27% of Region Total

$22.58 M
Human Rights, General
19% of Region Total

$18.72 M
Sexual and Reproductive Rights
16% of Region Total

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Caribbean
$9 Million (M)

$2.42 M
Human Rights, General
28% of Region Total

$1.59 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
18% of Region Total

$1.32 M
Labor Rights
15% of Region Total

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Sub-Saharan Africa
$227 Million (M)

$52.53 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
23% of Region Total

$36.81 M
Human Rights, General
16% of Region Total

$20.96 M
Health and Well-being Rights
9% of Region Total

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Western Europe
$105 Million (M)

$43.83 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
42% of Region Total

$18.01 M
Human Rights, General
17% of Region Total

$12.61 M
Freedom from Violence
12% of Region Total

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Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia
$109 Million (M)

$26.87 M
Human Rights, General
25% of Region Total

$23.07 M
Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
21% of Region Total

$17.48 M
Social and Cultural Rights
16% of Region Total

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Human rights grantmaking empowers individuals, communities, and institutions to promote the protection and enjoyment of rights, including those enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent human rights treaties.

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Access to Justice/Equality Before the Law

Amount: $85.5 Million
Grants: 714

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Civic and Political Participation

Amount: $36.6 Million
Grants: 304

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Environmental and Resource Rights

Amount: $88.8 Million
Grants: 1,425

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Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination

Amount: $454.7 Million
Grants: 4,699

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Expression and Information Rights

Amount: $57.4 Million
Grants: 680

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Freedom from Violence

Amount: $106.4 Million
Grants: 975

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Health and Well-being Rights

Amount: $144.2 Million
Grants: 1,258

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Labor Rights

Amount: $106.4 Million
Grants: 1,065

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Migration and Displacement

Amount: $58 Million
Grants: 482

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Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Amount: $84.2 Million
Grants: 715

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Social and Cultural Rights

Amount: $123.5 Million
Grants: 1,308

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Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding

Amount: $29.3 Million
Grants: 128

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Human Rights, General

Amount: $332.7 Million
Grants: 3,502

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To advance human rights, we must start at the roots of social issues and inequality and work to change unjust structures and systems.

It is hopeful and inspiring to not only see people rising up and demanding their own rights, but going beyond their immediate needs to look systematically at how what they are fighting for is tied to what others are fighting for elsewhere.

Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) have partnered on this first-ever examination of global human rights grantmaking, in collaboration with Ariadne - European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights and the International Network of Women’s Funds. Our goal is to build understanding of the current landscape of foundation support for human rights and begin to track changes in its scale and priorities and trends going forward. For those considering human rights-related grantmaking for the first time, this website offers an accessible introduction to the field.