A partnership between the Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group has produced the first data-driven portrait of how foundations are advancing human rights around the world. “Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking” confirms that human rights philanthropy is a global phenomenon: the 703 funders included in the analysis represent 29 countries across seven major world regions. In 2010, these funders made over 12,000 human rights grants that supported more than 6,800 organizations worldwide.
With our emphasis on strengthening the global human rights field and securing equal rights and opportunity for all people, the Ford Foundation ranked (by grant dollars) as the largest human rights funder in 2010, the year covered by the study. The report’s authors hope their research will help increase understanding of the current landscape of foundation support for human rights and begin to track changes in its scale, priorities and trends. Better data on the state of human rights funding can help grant makers identify gaps, improve coordination between donors, facilitate more strategic grant making and encourage new funders to enter the field.
Visit the Foundation Center’s website to read the full report, explore an infographic outlining its key findings, view funding profiles and watch video and read commentary from grant makers working with a variety of philanthropies to advance human rights around the world.
- Learn more about the Ford Foundation’s work in human rights
- Watch videos from Beyond Conventions, a Ford forum on human rights
The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia..