Letter From Our Executive Director:
Funders, Members, Friends,
When HRFN was established 26 years ago, it was founded on a simple premise – that by collaborating, sharing strategies, and discussing field-wide trends, grantmakers could ensure philanthropy was effectively resourcing human rights efforts and movements worldwide. Since our inception, HRFN members have done tremendous and vital work advocating for the advancement of human rights and effective philanthropy globally.
But the fight for human rights must be relentless. As a collection of human rights funders and activists, we have a mandate to continually move philanthropy in a more just direction – we cannot become complacent. To influence change and catalyze impact, we must rise to the moment. We must grow. And we must reimagine ourselves alongside the movements we support.
That’s why I am excited to share with you HRFN’s next phase of innovation.
Our approach centers a relentless pursuit of justice, globally and intersectionally, in the field of funding. We are bringing together new voices, leveraging the latest technologies, and finding ways to build connections across borders, economies, and languages. Join us as we partner with movements and collaborate with members in every corner of the world to redefine what it means to significantly resource human rights today.
Without further delay, meet the new HRFN – Just. Open. Bold. Relentless.
Ana María Enríquez, Executive Director
Meet the New HRFN
Our new direction is rooted in the ‘Relentless Pursuit” of #HumanRightsAtAllTimes. Looking ahead, our partners and members can expect fresh ways of engaging — from conversations with peer funders and activists to innovation labs where we can co-create solutions around pressing human rights issues to in-depth research that shines a light on and shifts the field of philanthropy.
Join HRFN as we creatively advocate for impactful change in funding for human rights.
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Get To Know Us
After an extensive and rigorous search, we are thrilled to announce that Kellea Miller has joined the Human Rights Funders Network as our new Deputy Director.
An ideal complement to our team, Kellea is an accomplished and exceptional leader with an unwavering commitment to human rights through philanthropic practices and just resourcing. Please join us in welcoming Kellea to HRFN!
Kellea will closely collaborate with the Executive Director to provide strategic direction and leadership to advance HRFN’s vision, implement its strategic plan and oversee the management of the organization’s day-to-day operations. She is a feminist researcher and advocate for just resourcing for social movements. She specializes in grantmaking and strategy development and has worked for feminist funds, including Global Fund for Women, UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, Astraea Foundation, Mama Cash and AWID. Her research focuses on gender equality discourse, development financing, and feminist movements. Kellea holds a PhD in Sociology and a BA in Public Policy & Feminist Studies. In her spare time, she teaches self-defense, serves on the boards of the International Accountability Project and Community Beyond Violence, and frolics with her kids.
Relentless is the voice that can never be extinguished.
The new HRFN can be summed up very simply — Open. Global. Human Rights.
With a pivot toward being a more just and transparent organization committed to bringing activism and philanthropy together, we need to show as much as we tell. That’s why our website is getting a facelift to reflect our dedication to our new direction.
Soon you’ll see exactly how we’re wearing our values on our sleeves.