How is Funding for Human Rights Changing?

August 6, 2019

This month, the Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN) released Advancing Human Rights, its annual review of global foundation grant making for human rights. This year’s edition analyzes funding trends in 2016. According to the report, human rights funding saw a significant increase overall. Grant making organizations issued a total of $2.8 billion in funds, marking a 34% increase in funding, a 14% increase in the number of grants, and a 3% increase in the proportion of funding categorized as “flexible general support” from the previous year.

This increase manifested in six out of eight regions, with funding for organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean exhibiting the most growth at 41% and 46% respectively. Additionally, funding amounts rose for 11 out of the 13 issue areas that organizations worked in, with the most funding going to projects that focused on health and well-being rights or equality rights and freedom from discrimination. For a full breakdown of human rights funding by region, issue area, population, and program strategy, read the report here.