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Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders

Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking

June 2013

Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking

Each year foundations around the world fund efforts to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights. Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking provides the first-ever analysis of the scope and landscape of global human rights grantmaking.

Prepared by the Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG), Advancing Human Rights identified foundations in 29 countries funding human rights work in every region of the world. Their support totaled $1.2 billion, reached more than 6,800 unique organizations, and funded activities ranging from the right to peaceful assembly and association to freedom from violence to right to education.

- Read the press release
- Download the report
- Download the key findings (English)

- Descargue aquí los Resultados Clave (español)
- Télécharchez ici le fichier sur les Principales
  Conclusions (français)



Infographic: Human Rights Grantmaking

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Funding Profiles

Funding Profile: Access to Justice/Equality Before the Law
Advancing Human Rights includes detailed profiles of funding for 13 rights areas. Each profile also contains breakdowns of funding focused on the eight major regions globally and examples of actual foundation grants.

Issue Focus

Population Focus

Commentary from Grantmakers

Caitlin StantonAnts in the Kitchen: The Role of Data in Human Rights Funding
By Caitlin Stanton

"This data helps us identify issues, like that of gender-based violence, where the scope of the problem may not align with the scale of the response."

Daniel LeeNow That We're "Canon": 3 Ways to Advance Human Rights Philanthropy
By Daniel Lee

"As the ink dries on Advancing Human Rights, how can we spur a ripple effect for the field of human rights philanthropy?"

Kate KroegerIHRFG Holds up a Map that is a Mirror
By Kate Kroeger

"Maps tell us stories as much as they tell us longitudes and latitudes."

Learn more at: IHRFG blog: Insights from Grantmakers

Videos from IHRFG

Leading human rights grantmakers comment on the need for this research.

Talking About #advancinghumanrights

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If you would like to submit your grantmaking data to be included in this research, provide feedback on the report, or learn more about this initiative, contact Christen Dobson, Program Manager, Policy and Research, International Human Rights Funders Group.

The Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders initiative is funded by
the Ford Foundation, the Oak Foundation, and the Levi Strauss Foundation.
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