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HRFN is a community where we take risks, deepen our practice, and build authentic collaboration with each other and the communities and movements we support. We hold events, conduct research, and create community spaces throughout the year to encourage justice-oriented and movement-centered philanthropy.

By becoming a member, institutions can collaborate with other funders and movements to shift resources and power to those most affected by injustice and inequality.

together, HRFN and its members are creating a MORE ACCOUNTABLE and OPEN PHILANTHROPY.



institutions shifting resources and power

29 years

transforming human rights philanthropy

$4.1 billion

tracked annually in human rights funding

HRFN engages a broad community of over 2,000 funders and activists. This work is enabled by our core members: committed funders who define HRFN’s priorities and participate in every level of our work. We currently have 100 dues-paying organizations based around the world whose passion and purpose are the heart of the network.

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HRFN and its members organize together to better support human rights movements. We provide spaces for learning among members, including tools to strengthen grantmaking practices and shift the larger funding ecosystem toward open philanthropy. We also facilitate communities of practice and strategic responses to crises, and support and promote members’ work. As a member you can join, propose, and lead these initiatives!

Join HRFN’s communities of practice on the field’s most pressing issues.
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Gain first access to reports, toolkits, and our interactive research hub.
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Lead or join member activities to advance human rights grantmaking and support movements.
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Use HRFN communications channels to share updates with a vast human rights community.
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Gather with us. Members have priority access to HRFN conferences and gatherings.
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criteria for members

Institutions that meet the eligibility criteria and pay annual dues may become HRFN members. Any staff member in an HRFN member institution can participate in our members-only programming.

  • Member organisations must make grants as a primary program area.
  • Grantmaking must have a human rights focus (on a single issue or on many).
  • Members can include:
    • Private foundations or trusts: Foundations with endowments that are generating resources to support their work.
    • Public foundations: Institutions that receive external funding (individual donations, bilateral or institutional grants) in order to implement their work.
    • Corporate foundations: Institutions that receive corporate funding to support human rights organisations and groups.
    • Community foundations: Public charities that typically focus on supporting a specific geographic area.
    • Bilaterals: Government institutions that provide grants to human rights organisations and groups.
    • Individual donors: Individuals with significant funding portfolios to support human rights organisations and groups.
  • Members must not abuse human rights.
Who Can Join

At a time when we’re regularly confronted with crises and injustices, HRFN curates spaces that encourage us to collaborate and strategize to direct resources in a way that strengthens the communities and movements we support.

Ashley Thomas

Program Officer

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

I am often asked ‘if you had to create a new organization to fill a gap or transform the field, what would [it] be like?’ With human rights philanthropy, my answer would be, ‘Create a HRFN as it is now – globalized, with an ear firmly on the momentous rumblings of a transforming world, fresh, ambitious, irreverent.’

Borislav Petranov

Senior Program Advisor

Open Society Foundations

What I value most about HRFN is the people. The network creates significant and meaningful spaces for sharing practice and challenging one another as we collectively seek to advance human rights through our philanthropy.

Katy Love

Strategic Philanthropy Consultant

Steering Committee Member

HRFN’s new strategy is extremely timely and is taking the network from strength to strength. The team are important thought partners mapping the trends that will impact the future of civic space and philanthropy.

Abi Knipe

Deputy Director

Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society


Member contributions allow HRFN to continue creating critical spaces to advance human rights and resource movements. Dues are voluntary contributions. The amount we ask is reflective of members’ annual grantmaking budgets.

We also welcome contributions from non-members as donations.

HRFN welcomes smaller and emerging funds, and knows paying dues can be challenging. Funds created in the last three years can apply for a membership scholarship that covers full dues for the first two years of membership.

Click here to find out more about membership dues.



Questions about HRFN membership? We’ve responded to some frequently asked questions here.

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