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What We Do

One thing I enjoyed at the conference was the overwhelming openness to innovation within philanthropy. I appreciated the collective yearning to not just fund human rights causes, but to shift grant making practices and processes to be more participatory and “human rights” oriented.

Build Trust and Facilitate Learning

Human Rights Funders Network supports funders to deepen their human rights knowledge and strengthen their grantmaking practice. We create virtual and in-person opportunities for funders around the world to connect, learn from each other and forge collaborations.

Our online webinars bring funders together across time zones to share information and strategize about urgent human rights issues. In-person events, such as conferences and workshops, enable frank discussion of grantmaking practices and in-depth examination of emerging issues and trends. For funders concerned about specific issues or regions, our member-led working groups provide space for problem-solving and collective advocacy. Human Rights Funders Network also curates a regular e-newsletter to keep members connected and informed.

Amplify and Influence

Leveraging our unique vantage point, Human Rights Funders Network promotes the integration of human rights principles across philanthropic sectors. We foster partnerships with funder groups around the world to build the field of human rights philanthropy, and collaborate with a variety of peer donor networks in our endeavors. Through these relationships, our members can take on new leadership, bring attention to overlooked human rights issues, and spark new collaborations. Our Community Voices blog offers a space for members to highlight key learnings and advocate for different approaches to human rights challenges.

Research and Inform

A core part of our work is helping funders access information integral to human rights grantmaking. Our interactive Advancing Human Rights research and tools offer the only source of detailed information and analyses on the human rights funding field, helping funders map and showcase their work and become more strategic in their grantmaking. Human Rights Funders Network also curates resources from our members and other experts in the field on grantmaking practices and a wide range of human rights issues.

Organize and Mobilize

Human Rights Funders Network leverages links between human rights and other funding fields and works with its members to promote a favorable policy environment for human rights grantmaking. In collaboration with peer funder networks, we enable donors to provide practical support to civil society actors contesting the global trend of closing civic space. Human Rights Funders Network supports the Funders Initiative for Civil Society (FICS) in partnership with Ariadne, the Cross-Border Philanthropy Working Group, and Global Dialogue.

To learn more about our work, read our annual reports: 2017, 2018, 2019.