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This is a space for HRFN to share member insights on topics related to human rights and grantmaking.

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September 24, 2020

The New HRFN. Get to Know Us

Letter From Our  Executive Director: Funders, Members, Friends, When HRFN was established 26 years ago, it was founded on a simple premise – that by collaborating, sharing strategies, and discussing field-wide trends, grantmakers could ensure philanthropy was effectively resourcing human rights efforts and movements worldwide. Since our inception, HRFN members have done tremendous and vital…

September 23, 2020

Crises require care: It’s time for philanthropy to walk the talk on social justice

By Maria Alejandra Rodriguez Acha, Co-Executive Director at FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund; Mbali Donna Khumalo, Program Officer at FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund; and María Díaz Ezquerro, Co-Manager of Programs at FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund

The current crises brought to light and amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the unveiling of entrenched anti-black racism, have exposed a core fragility of the philanthropic sector: the lack of alignment between our internal organizational cultures, and our external missions of supporting social movements and grassroots groups to tackle the causes of…

September 16, 2020

¡Aquí están!  | Los Principios de Concesión de Apoyos para los Derechos Humanos

(Version en français) (Version in English) El año pasado, HFRN colaboró con Ariadne y PAWHR para nombrar un Comité Asesor de Financiadorxs y se embarcó en la identificación de principios que guiaran la concesión de apoyos para los derechos humanos. Esta tarea significó que teníamos que ser introspectivxs y honestxs con nosotrxs mismxs sobre qué…

September 16, 2020

Ils sont prêts !  | Les principes de financement basés sur les droits humains

(Version in English) (Versión en español)   L’année dernière, HRFN, en collaboration avec Ariadne et PAWHR, a constitué un comité consultatif de bailleurs de fonds pour mettre sur pied un projet visant à identifier les principes directeurs du financement basé sur les droits humains. Ce projet a nécessité pour nous d’être introspectifs et honnêtes avec…

September 16, 2020

They’re Here!  | The Human Rights Grantmaking Principles

(Version en français) (Versión en español) Last year, HRFN, in collaboration with Ariadne and PAWHR set up a funders advisory committee and embarked on a journey to identify guiding principles for human rights grantmaking. For us, this journey meant that we had to be introspective and honest with ourselves about what it means to be…

September 2, 2020

Welcome Kellea Miller

Dear HRFN Members,   After an extensive and rigorous search, we are thrilled to announce that Kellea Miller has joined the Human Rights Funders Network as our new Deputy Director.   An ideal compliment to our team, Kellea is an accomplished and exceptional leader with an unwavering commitment to human rights through philanthropic practices and…

August 26, 2020

UAF Launches the Beirut Crisis Fund

“We only have each other. Only the people save the people.” – Paola Salwan – Lebanese Author In the aftermath of the Beirut explosion, “one of the most powerful explosions in history”, the Urgent Action Fund has launched the Beirut Crisis Fund to aid the women and trans activists working on the frontlines in Lebanon. Now…

August 21, 2020

$3 million initiative launched to expand civic space in Latin America

This article was written and published by CANDID   Fundación Avina, Luminate, and the Open Society Foundations have announced the launch of a $3 million initiative to protect civic space and democratic governance in Latin America. To be coordinated by Fundación Avina, the Pulsante initiative will fund rapid-response campaigns focused on achieving specific, time-sensitive victories that protect…

July 7, 2020

Meeting the Moment: More and Better Funding for Human Rights

By Rachel Thomas at Human Rights Funders Network

When we launched our research to map the human rights funding landscape in 2010, we wanted to both increase funding for the human rights field and help funders spend it more effectively. As the COVID-19 pandemic and sweeping protests against police brutality lay bare the systemic racism and inequality that persist in the United States…

June 3, 2020

In Defense of Black Lives

  (Versión en español abajo) Friends,   We have to say their names.   George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Tony McDade. Ahmaud Arbery. Nina Pop. Countless others…   Every name is a human being; every name is part of a family, a group of friends, a community, and a culture. For too long, we’ve disregarded the…