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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.

We invite all our members to propose topics for webinars and in-person gatherings. This is your network!

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

Upcoming Events (12)
Webinars11:00 am EDT

Too Much of A Good Thing? Finding the Right Level of Donor and CSO Transparency

Increased transparency can help ensure that citizens are informed and empowered – one element in building a more just, equitable and inclusive society. Yet increasingly, we see bad faith attempts by governments to use transparency as a tool to limit the scope and actions of civil society actors, especially those working on human rights or… Read more

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

Reclaiming Civic Space: Resistance, Resilience and Resources

The 26th edition of the Sur International Journal on Human Rights, published by Conectas Human Rights in collaboration with The Fund for Global Human Rights, seeks to address the imbalance in material currently available on the global crackdown on civil society, the majority of which focuses on the diagnostics, rather than the responses by activists…. Read more

In-Person Gatherings12:15-2:15pm EST (includes lunch)

RightsCon 2018 Funder Meetup on Closing Civil Society Space

Co-hosted by Access Now, Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society, Human Rights Funders Network, Media Democracy Fund, and Open Technology Fund. Will you be at RightsCon 2018? If so, join us for a funder-only discussion on how closing civic space is impacting “online” and “offline” activism and the strategies human rights, internet freedom, and digital rights… Read more

In-Person Gatherings1:00-4:30pm

International Grants Operations Working Group (IGOWG) Fall 2017 Meeting

“Secure Grantmaking in Closing Spaces” Hosted by American Jewish World Service (AJWS) Location: 45 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, NY, NY IGOWG is a working group of the Human Rights Funders Network, a global network of over 1,500 grantmakers committed to advancing human rights through effective philanthropy. The working group focuses on solving operational issues… Read more

In-Person Gatherings

2017 Convening: Map -> Resist -> Support

From July 10th to 13th, funders will convene in New York to map challenges, share concrete tactics to resist, and chart a new course for support. The Map section will set the stage by helping funders understand the regional trends, catalysts, and case studies of repressive societies. Resist will explore tactics used on the ground… Read more

Photo Courtesy of: Brazil Human Rights Fund
In-Person Gatherings

2017 New York Institutes

This year, IHRFG will be hosting three simultaneous institutes on July 10th to offer participants the opportunity to further delve into a specific theme with a smaller cohort of individuals.

Webinars11:00 am ET

A Human Rights System in Peril

Co-sponsored by: Funders for Reproductive Equity and Peace and Security Funders Group. In light of the human rights challenges posed by global trends of closing civic space and rising authoritarianism, and exacerbated by the Trump Administration in the United States, HRFN is hosting a series of webinars examining funder responses. The second webinar in this… Read more