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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.

Upcoming Events (1)
Webinars11:00am -12:30pm EDT

[Webinar Series] Communicating Human Rights and Social Change: A Dialogue Series Among Funders

Please join us for a webinar series on Communicating Human Rights and Social Change: A Dialogue Series Among Funders, an initiative of the Communicating Human Rights and Social Change community co-sponsored by HRFN and Ariadne. This webinar dialogue series is co-sponsored by Ariande, the Open Society Foundations, and Global Dialogue. About the Dialogue Series: The… Read more

In-Person Gatherings1:30 - 3:00 pm EST

Climate-Forced Displacement: The Unique Challenges & Contributions of Indigenous Communities (CANCELED)

Monday, September 23, 2019 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. UN Church Center 777 United Nations Plaza, Level 10, New York, New York, 10017 (Corner of 44th Street and First Avenue) The havoc wrought by the climate crisis does not impact all people equally. Residents of coastal and delta regions are disproportionately impacted by internal displacement… Read more

External Events; Webinars10:00 -11:00am EST

WEBINAR: Supporting resilient activism: addressing the wellbeing of human rights defenders

Supporting resilient activism: addressing the wellbeing of human rights defenders Friday the 20th of September, 10:00am EST (15.00 BST, 16.00 CEST) Register Recent research has shown that many human rights defenders are suffering PTSD, depression, and burnout as a result of the risks and stress of their work. Without adequate mental health support for activists,… Read more

Webinars10:00am - 11:00am EDT

[Webinar] New Data New Discoveries: What can we learn about human rights philanthropy?

Join us to discuss the findings from our latest Advancing Human Rights report, our annual review of global human rights grantmaking. We’ll share highlights from the data, including new trends to keep an eye on and interesting ways the grantmaking of our members differs from non-members. We’ll also touch on questions the data raise about… Read more

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