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Why Join

Enabling important conversations and potential coordination or cooperation between funders is a huge challenge. I love that HRFN exists and creates such a space. Its programming is thoughtful and smart.

When you join our network, you become part of a vibrant community of funders eager to strengthen the impact and effectiveness of their funding. Human Rights Funders Network provides a variety of tools and platforms for members to deepen their human rights knowledge, connect with funders across the globe, and inform strategic decision-making in an evolving state of global human rights funding.

Through our regular e-newsletter and blog, members offer views on timely topics, announce new initiatives and events, and share job openings.

Our virtual and in-person events offer members the chance to explore critical human rights issues, share emerging strategies and hone grantmaking craft.

Members can join existing working groups focused on specific human rights issues, populations, and geographic regions as well as grantmaking practice–or launch new ones.

Members also have unique access to Human Rights Funders Network research which taps into the rich data pool of our membership to create resources like our interactive, funders-only map.

Beyond this, members have valuable opportunities to exercise leadership among peers, get involved in critical policy debates, and gain new perspectives on strategies for addressing human rights issues.

I love the newsletters! They are a very important resource for me to update myself about what’s going on in the human rights field and the larger philanthropic landscape.


HRFN members include any eligible institution that supports our mission and has formally requested membership or pays annual dues. Eligible institutions include:

  • Grantmaking institutions, such as private foundations, corporate foundations, family foundations, public foundations, community foundations, donor-advised funds, collaborative funds, quasi-governmental funding entities, and operating foundations
  • Individual philanthropists with significant giving programs
  • Philanthropic consultancy, support, advisory, or hosting organizations
  • Grantmaker affinity groups or donor networks

Interested in becoming an HRFN member? 

For more information email Ivens Reis Reyner, Philanthropic Advocacy Manager, at ireyner@hrfn.org.