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About HRFN

We are a network of funders resourcing human rights action around the world.

Network Priorities

See our areas of focus and how we work to advance open philanthropy.

Our People

Meet the human rights funding advocates on our staff and steering committee.

three decades of TRANSFORMING
human rights philanthropy

For almost 30 years, Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN) has brought funders together to collaborate, strategize, and advance the field of global human rights grantmaking. Today, we are crafting an HRFN that relentlessly builds toward justice, works with love, and continues to serve as a space for funders to strategize together and with movements.

Our Vision

We envision a peaceful future where rights are protected and upheld, the planet is cared for, and all people can live and love with dignity.

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Our Mission

We are a network of funders from the Global South, East, and North dedicated to resourcing human rights action around the world.

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Our Values

HRFN upholds six core values that we believe are needed to advance open philanthropy.

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About Us

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HRFN supports ALL areas of human rights through our research and network. At the same time, we have identified five priority areas in our 2021-2025 strategy with the potential to create urgent and necessary change in the current funding landscape. In each, we have dedicated programming and opportunities for members to get involved.

Priority Areas

Meet the team behind HRFN

Brenda Salas Neves

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Director of Strategy & Communications

Debbie Zamd

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Head of Program Operations

Divina Lama

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Program Associate

Kellea Miller

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Executive Director

Rachel Thomas

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Director of Research Initiatives

Sara AbouGhazal

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Membership Director

Anisha Chugh

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Executive Director, Women's Fund Asia

Ciciley (CC) Moore

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Director, Office of the President, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Jen Bokoff

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Director of Development, Disability Rights Fund and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund

Katy Love

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Independent philanthropy consultant

Kézha Hatier-Riess

Vice President of External Relations, Global Greengrants Fund

Luam Kidane

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Vice President of Global Programs, Thousand Currents

Maria Amália Souza

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Founder/Strategic Development Director of Fundo Casa Socioambiental, CASA Socio-Environmental Fund

Megan Selland

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Director of Grants Management, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

Mukami Marete

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Executive Director, UHAI - the East Africa Sexual Health and Rights Initiative (UHAI EASHRI)

Rachel Freed (co-chair)

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Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Saulo Araujo

Director of Global Philanthropy, Grassroots International

Tania Turner

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Program Manager for Latin America, Fondation CHANEL

Tracey Gurd

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Senior Director of Civil and Political Rights and Advocacy, American Jewish World Service

Ximena Andión Ibañez

Program Officer, Mexico and Central America, Ford Foundation

Former Steerting Committee Members


  • Ana Valeria Araujo
  • Anna Yelk
  • Annie Hillar
  • Annmarie Benedict
  • Dave Scamell
  • Diana Samarasan
  • Emily Martinez
  • Hanan Elmasu
  • James Logan
  • Johanna Mendelson Forman
  • John Kowal
  • John Taylor
  • Julia Greenberg
  • Julie Richardson
  • Kari Suzuki Bardy
  • Kica Matos
  • Lesley Carson
  • Louis Bickford
  • Maitri Moraji
  • Mandy Van Deven

  • Mary Miller Flowers
  • Melanie Oliviero
  • Michael Hirschhorn
  • Mona Khan
  • Mona Younis
  • Monette Zard
  • Monica Aleman Cunningham
  • Nikhil Aziz
  • Puja Dhawan
  • Rebecca Rittgers
  • Regan Ralph
  • Selma Moreira
  • Shalini Nataraj
  • Steve Cheifetz
  • Steve Riskin
  • Surita Sandosham
  • Tirza Leibowitz
  • Tom Leney
  • Valentine Doyle
  • Wanja Muguongo
Our People
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