Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking

Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking

While foundation funding in support of global human rights initiatives rose to $2.7 billion in 2014, from $2.3 billion in 2013, the share of funding for migrants and refuges remained flat, a report from Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group finds. According to the report, Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking (14 pages, PDF), migrants and refugees as a population group received 11 percent of foundation grants dollars in 2014, unchanged since 2011, while, as an issue area, migration and displacement received 5 percent of foundation grant dollars, down from 6 percent in 2013. Top funders of refugee and migrant issues included Nationale Postcode Loterij; the Ford, JPB, and NoVo foundations; the Carnegie Corporation of New York; and NEO Philanthropy. The study also found that the top funding priority in the field of human rights was health and well-being, as funders responded to the Ebola crisis and the need for more equitable access to health care.