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Human Rights Funders Network offers a variety of ways for members to explore a broad range of topics, share their learning and strategize together.

  • Webinars enable funders to explore timely human rights concerns and present grantmaking strategies.
  • In-person gatherings, such as conferences, institutes and strategy meetings, enable funders to strengthen their grantmaking practice, deepen their knowledge of emerging issues, and meet with others in the field.  
  • Learning visits bring funders to global destinations for experiential learning and to connect them with local civil society.
  • External events at conferences or peer funder network meetings offer members the chance to share knowledge and spark new collaborations.

You can submit your ideas and announcements here. We invite all our members to propose topics for webinars and in-person gatherings. You can also let us know if you have an event or opportunity you want us to help publicize through our newsletter or website. This is your network!

Looking for more conferences and meetings? Check out our regularly-updated list of Community Events for funder gatherings.

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Webinars1:00-2:00pm EST

[Webinar] Utilizing Shareholder Power for Human Rights

Please join this webinar hosted by the Human Rights Funders Network and co-sponsored by As You Sow, Investors Alliance for Human Rights, EDGE Funders Alliance – Engaged Donors for Global Equity, the Libra Foundation, and the Wallace Global Fund. Human Rights advocates were the first shareholders to use their power – nuns in the 1970’s… Read more

Webinars12:00-1:30pm EST

[Webinar Series] The Underpinning Stories: A Funder’s Dialogue Series about Climate Solutions

Co-sponsored by: Environmental Grantmakers Association, Human Rights Funders Network, Confluence Philanthropy, the Ariadne Network, the Center for Story-Based Strategy, JusticeFunders, and the Whitman Institute. As is the case with many systemic, pressing challenges, no one has all the answers. The CLIMA Fund will be creating a space for transparent, deeper discussion about the underlying narrative… Read more

Webinars11:00-12:00pm EST

[Webinar] Global Gag Rule Expansion: What Funders Should Know

Please join AJWS, FCAA, FRE, Global Fund for Women, GPP and OSF for an urgent funder briefing to discuss an important update to the Trump administration’s second expansion of the Global Gag Rule, and its implications for private funders, bilateral and multilateral funders, and the movements and communities we support. Speakers: The webinar will include Global Gag… Read more

Webinars1:00-2:00pm EST

[Webinar] Owning our Narratives: how Participatory Video (PV) can drive a rights-based approach to the preservation of indigenous languages and the documentation of traditional knowledge.

Join the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) and InsightShare for a discussion on how Participatory Video is driving a rights-based approach to the preservation of indigenous languages and the documentation of traditional knowledge. Language loss and the erasure of identity has long been recognized as a key issue faced by indigenous peoples. PV offers a collaborative approach, facilitating self-representation and… Read more

Webinars12:00-1:00pm EST

[Webinar Series] Stronger Together Part II: Building the Capacity of Movements

Hosted by HRFN’s Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Working Group, coordinated by the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and Global Fund for Women, and co-sponsored by Philanthropy New York We invite you to a three-part webinar series, building on our previous series Stronger Together: New Frontiers in Funders Supporting Social Movements. The webinars will take place… Read more

Webinars3:00-4:30pm EST

Defending the Blue Heart: Indigenous Defenders Funders Briefing

The International Funders for Indigenous Peoples is hosting a funders briefing, co-sponsored by Human Rights Funders Network, EDGE Funders, and Biodiversity Funders Group, on the Pacific to learn about the challenges indigenous defenders face in the the region and meaningful opportunities for funder collaboration. Moderator: Lourdes Inga, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples Speaker: Maureen Penjueli,… Read more

Webinars2:00-3:30pm EST

Security Briefing on Indigenous Defenders in Latin America

The International Funders for Indigenous Peoples is hosting a funders briefing, co-sponsored by Human Rights Funders Network, EDGE Funders, and Bioneers, on threats to indigenous defenders in Latin America fighting for self-determination and human rights. Moderator: Lourdes Inga, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples Presenters: Ricardo Changala, Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America… Read more

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In-Person Gatherings

HRFN Global Conference in Mexico City

Reimagining Human Rights: New Energy for a New Era Past conference information—including theme, schedule, and registration—is available on our 2018 conference page. When is your next conference? HRFN will not hold a conference in 2019, but stay tuned for more information on our plans for 2020. Join our mailing list to make sure you are… Read more

Webinars11:00am-12:00pm EST

Towards a New Ecology for the Human Rights Movement: Lessons from Ford Foundation’s Strengthening Human Rights Worldwide global initiative

    Sponsored by HRFN’s Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group What does it mean to fund human rights in a globalized world? How do you ensure that lived realities are informing the shaping of issues and strategies regionally and globally? How can regional and global organizations respond to the growing influence of new players,… Read more