Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking, Key Findings - 2015 Edition

by Anna Koob; Christen Dobson; Mona Chun; Steven Lawrence

Jul 1, 2015

In 2012, foundations allocated $1.8 billion in support of organizations or initiatives seeking to advance human rights.3 This dollar total is based on a definition adopted for the Advancing Human Rights initiative. This definition is consistent with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)—the first United Nations declaration to outline the basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. The definition states that human rights grantmaking is funding in pursuit of structural change, often in support of marginalized populations, to advance rights enshrined in the UDHR and subsequent rights treaties. All grantmaking by funders that fell within this definition was included in this research, even funding by grantmakers who do not consider themselves to be "human rights funders" and may instead classify their grantmaking as supporting "social change" or "social justice" or other more narrowly defined causes

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