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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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May 6, 2020

Letter from the Executive Director

#HumanRightsAtAIITimes Derechos humanos en todo momento Dear friends, I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and finding the support and care you need in these uncertain times.  As we face the current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded that this moment calls for immediate and relentless local and global solidarity based on human…

April 6, 2020

What Does Resourcing For Social Movements Look Like When The Entire Ecosystem Is Under Threat?

By Kellea Miller PhD, Resourcing Feminist Movements Manager at Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)

(Versions in Spanish and French below) We are in a state of global uncertainty. In just weeks, the spread of COVID-19 has drastically changed the landscape of our lives, economies, and workplaces. Long-standing deficiencies in systems of care, health and wealth are having dire effects, particularly for those whose livelihoods, communities, and bodies are most…

March 20, 2020

Earth Defenders Increasingly Being Killed; Funders Can Step Up!

By Gargi Sharma, Communications and Development Manager at CLIMA Fund

Urgent Action Fund’s grantee Eva Bande was arrested and sentenced to four years’ imprisonment in May 2014 for participating in a peasant-led action against a national palm oil company in Indonesia. Nilce de Souza was disappeared in January 2016, and found murdered five months later, for her protest against the construction of a hydroelectric dam…

March 19, 2020

The Principles Project: Human Rights Principles for Human Rights Grantmaking

In addition to what foundations fund, an important consideration in human rights philanthropy is also how they fund. Do they recognize the power dynamics at play? Are they funding the communities most affected by injustice and inequality? Are they transparent and accountable in their decision making? In short, do they adhere to the human rights…

February 24, 2020

Announcing HRFN’s New Executive Director Ana María Enríquez

(Versión en español abajo) Dear HRFN Members, Today we’re honored to announce Human Rights Funders Network’s next Executive Director, Ana María Enríquez. Following a reflective, thorough, and collaborative search, the Steering Committee is thrilled to make this appointment. These tumultuous times call for a grounded, courageous, and visionary leader like Ana María. She has the…

January 28, 2020

Cancelled – [Save the Date!] HRFN’s Annual Conference, Sept. 16 and 17

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Please stay tuned for more information about our plan for innovative virtual conversations and gatherings in 2020. Join us in September! We’re excited to announce HRFN’s 2020 Annual Conference! Following an important year of transition, we’re looking forward to 2020 when we’ll convene our meeting at a…

January 21, 2020

(DRAFT) Funding Principles!

Dear HRFN members,   Over 130 HRFN, Ariadne and PAWHR members completed our August 2019 survey on grantmaking principles. We received a wealth of feedback about what it means to be a human rights funder and how human rights principles are guiding grantmaking. We have since worked with an advisory team to digest the feedback…

October 4, 2019

“Situated in the Communities We Exist to Serve”

By Rachel Thomas at Human Rights Funders Network, published October 4, 2019

Human rights donors based in the Global South and East play a critical role, not only in their communities, but in the ways they inform the priorities and approaches of human rights philanthropy. While our Advancing Human Rights research has traditionally highlighted the largest human rights donors (by grant dollars awarded), our latest report also…

September 3, 2019

Transition Update and Survey

August 23, 2019 Dear HRFN members, We are excited to share with you the next steps in HRFN’s leadership transition! You have likely heard that after 10 years of leadership – building a more diverse membership, exploring new models of grantmaking, pioneering research of global funding trends, and amplifying the leadership of Global South and…

August 2, 2019

‘The Commission on Unalienable Rights’ – Words Matter

By Alli Jernow (Director of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Program) and Lesley Carson (Director of the International Human Rights Program) at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, published August 2, 2019

In December 2011, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton announced that LGBT rights would be a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy. Speaking at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, she declared that “LGBT rights are human rights.”  In the audience that night, I found myself deeply moved, not just by her words, which I fervently…