Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking

With limited resources and immense challenges, human rights grantmakers and advocates are increasingly recognizing the importance of understanding and building on the existing funding landscape and asking: Where is the funding? Where are the gaps? Who is doing what, where?

Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders was borne out of these questions. The initiative is an ongoing effort to track the evolving state of global human rights funding and to create a set of dynamic, interactive data and research tools to help human rights funders and advocates increase their effectiveness. This work is led by the International Human Rights Funders Group and Foundation Center, in collaboration with Ariadne – European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights and the International Network of Women’s Funds.

Since this initiative launched in early 2010, we have released several tools, including:

  • The first-ever quantitative and qualitative analysis of the state of global human rights grantmaking;
  • A new 2017 report, Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking, that analyzes $2.7 billion of human rights funding in 2014 by region, area, strategy, and population and reveals that funding for health and well-being rights was the most-funded issue area in that year; and

This website, which enables grantmakers, NGO staff, activists, researchers, and academics to deepen their learning about the field of human rights philanthropy.

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