A partnership between Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) has produced two new resources designed to advance knowledge and facilitate strategic decision making in the field of human rights philanthropy. According to the report Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking, 745 foundations in 34 countries made more than 17,000 grants totalling US$1.7 billion in human rights funding in 2011, the latest year for which data is available. These statistics are brought to life in a new interactive website that enables funders, activists, researchers, academics and others interested in human rights funding to explore giving by region or by a focus on issue or population.
The new website is the most comprehensive publicly available resource of its kind and will provide annual updates on the field of global human rights philanthropy. In addition to showcasing funding flows by issue, region, and population group, the website lists top funders in the field. Sample grants and case studies are highlighted throughout the site, enriching knowledge about achievements in the field and strategies that have led to success.
The accompanying report, which builds on a study released last year by Foundation Center and IHRFG, uses the most recent data available to provide a snapshot of the field. Over time, this annual series of analyses will illuminate trends in human rights grantmaking.
The partnership between Foundation Center and IHRFG tracks and analyses the evolving state of global human rights philanthropy. The multi-year initiative is strengthened by collaboration with Ariadne – European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights and the International Network of Women’s Funds.