Human Rights Funding Up 50% In A Decade

The NonProfit Times | April 02, 2018

Human Rights Funding Up 50% In A Decade
Funding for human rights increased by almost 50 percent during the first half of this decade, according to a new study. The Foundation Center and Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN) began mapping human rights grant-making in 2010 through the research hub, Advancing Human Rights.
Between 2011 and 2015, foundation funding for human rights worldwide by increased 44 percent, from almost $1.4 billion to more than $2 billion, peaking at $2.3 billion in 2014.
Almost 1,200 funders made at least one grant during that time period that met the definition of human rights. Not all funders shared data each year, according to the report, but a matched subset of 561 funders shared grant data for each of the five years. That explains why 780 foundations in 46 countries made 22,900 grants totaling $2.4 billion for the single year of 2015, versus the 2011-2015 trends.
“This is a prime example of our data doing what it’s designed to do, helping social sector leaders track changes in the funding landscape, identify gaps and needs, and collaborate more effectively in meeting the most pressing challenges facing global society,” Foundation Center President Bradford Smith said in a press release announcing the results.

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