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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 (3)
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

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Webinars1:00-2:00pm EST

Community-Led Human Rights-Based Solutions to Climate Forced Displacement: A Guide for Funders

Community-Led, Human Rights-Based Solutions to Climate-forced Displacement—A Guide for Funders outlines key issues related to climate-forced displacement, human rights, and funding, and calls upon funders to support community-led, human rights-based solutions. During this webinar, the panelists will provide background on the issue of climate-forced displacement as it relates to climate justice and human rights, discuss some of… Read more

In-Person Gatherings9:30-11:30am EST

Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security: Young People’s Roles in an Unstable World 

Co-sponsored by Elevate Children Funders Group (ECFG), Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN), and Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG), in partnership with the UN Inter-Agency Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding Location: UNDP, 304 East 45th Street, New York, NY – 10th Floor Amartya Sen Conference Room; Remote Participation Available via Conference Line (which will… Read more

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Webinars1:00-2:00pm EST

Survivor Leadership in the Anti-Trafficking Movement

The modern civil society movement to end trafficking in persons in the United States began in the 1990’s, led by activists and attorneys who helped establish the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. However, the voices of those directly affected by human trafficking were not included in the early dialogue about solutions, and survivors of human trafficking… Read more

Webinars11:00am-12:00pm EST

Mapping Human Rights Funding for Children and Youth

Join HRFN and Elevate Children Funders Group’s Children and Youth Rights Working Group to see what HRFN’s Advancing Human Rights research and tools say about funding for children & youth rights. This webinar will include a funder-only tutorial on Foundation Maps: Human Rights, our interactive map of human rights grantmaking, providing members with an opportunity… Read more

In-Person Gatherings9:30am-6:00pm PST

Mapping the Money: A Changing Landscape of Human Rights Funding

The Human Rights Funders Network and Foundation Center recently launched the first-ever five-year trends analysis in our Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders Initiative, which maps the landscape of global human rights grantmaking. Join us on February 14, 2018 in San Francisco, as we celebrate the launch of this multi-year undertaking and reflect on where the field has been and… Read more

In-Person Gatherings

Affinity Equity Summit and Solidarity Defense & Action Funder Briefing

In partnership with several affinity groups across different sectors, we are pleased to invite you to the Affinity Equity Summit on February 12th and Solidarity Defense & Action Funder Briefing on February 13th at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, CA. The event will bring funders together across a multitude of sectors to connect and… Read more

Webinars1:00 – 2:00pm EST

Supporting Local Organizations: Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Foundations

The Human Rights Funders Network, Peace and Security Funders Group, and Philanthropy NY invite you to a discussion on the value of funding local/grassroots organizations, obstacles foundations face, and recommendations for how to overcome them. Two of our members – American Jewish World Service and Peace Direct – will kick off the conversation with brief… Read more

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7:30-8:45am PST / 10:30-11:45am EST / 4:30-5:45pm GMT / 8:30-9:45pm MMT

Briefing Call on the Rohingya Crisis in Burma (Myanmar)

Hosted by: Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN), New England International Donors (NEID), and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), and co-hosted by HRFN’s Asia and Pacific Funders Working Group. The Rohingya, an ethnic and religious minority in Burma, have experienced persecution for decades. In recent months the situation has escalated with a campaign of ethnic… Read more

In-Person Gatherings12:00-2:00pm EST

Mapping the Intersections of Peace and Security and Human Rights Work

Hosted by Philanthropy New York, 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY The relationship between peace and security and human rights is complex. The protection and promulgation of human rights are essential to creating peaceful societies; yet, when peace is threatened, human rights are often sacrificed in the name of security. Where do these fields… Read more