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Human Rights Funders Network helps funders access information integral to human rights grantmaking. We curate resources from our members and from other experts in the field that focus on grantmaking practices and vital human rights issues.

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Shifting Sands: Experiences and Responses to Closing Civic Space

The Transparency and Accountability Initiative’s new report, Shifting Sands: Experiences and Responses to Closing Civic Space from the Transparency, Accountability, and Participation Field, explores global trends of shrinking civic space and how they are connected to the work of groups pursuing transparency, accountability, and participation (TAP) outcomes.  It provides data on how CSOs in the TAP field are experiencing… Read more

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Trends in Closing Space Grant-making

Over the past several years, activists, civil society organisations and funders have been on the front-line of a growing number of attacks, facing threats, intimidation and more. FICS – the Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society – was founded in 2016 to create a more strategic response by private philanthropy to what has been labelled ‘closing civil society space.’ This paper brings together… Read more

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Gender Equality Funds

Gender Equality Funds is a search platform that enables you to find out if your money, in the form of individual mutual fund investments or an employer-provided 401(k), is invested in companies leading on gender diversity and equality. You can find socially responsible options that prioritize companies with an equal gender balance and strong policies… Read more

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[Summary] The Advancing Human Rights Research: What Have We Learned?

The Advancing Human Rights (AHR) initiative tracks the evolving state of global human rights funding. It is a collaboration between Human Rights Funders Network and Foundation Center, in partnership with Ariadne and Prospera, and uses grants data to map the issues addressed, funding strategies used, and populations and regions served. Our aim is to strengthen funders’ decision-making,… Read more

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[Full Report] The Advancing Human Rights Research: What Have We Learned?

The Advancing Human Rights (AHR) initiative tracks the evolving state of global human rights funding. It is a collaboration between Human Rights Funders Network and Foundation Center, in partnership with Ariadne and Prospera, and uses grants data to map the issues addressed, funding strategies used, and populations and regions served. Our aim is to strengthen… Read more

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Key Takeaways

Takeaways from “Stronger Together: New Frontiers in Funders Supporting Social Movements”

Key takeaways from HRFN’s three-part webinar series on exploring funders’ roles in supporting social movements. Participants discussed how learning, monitoring, evaluation, and research can support grantees’ autonomous movement building, inform grantmaking, and advance our understanding of social change.

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Effective Donor Responses to the Challenge of Closing Civic Space

Civil society and the ability to exercise the core civic space freedoms – the freedoms of association, expression, and peaceful assembly – have been under threat for many years. Governments continue to enact laws and regulations that impede the ability of civil society actors – individuals, organizations and movements – to exist and operate. This… Read more

Examining Civil Society Legitimacy

A series of essays by leading scholars and activists on efforts around the world to improve and defend civil society’s legitimacy. This set of articles is a publication of Carnegie’s Civic Research Network. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace gratefully acknowledges support from the Ford Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the UK Department for… Read more

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(Un)precedented: Philanthropy Takes Action in the First Year of a New Political Reality

(Un)precedented: Philanthropy Takes Action in the First Year of a New Political Reality, prepared by TCC Group, explores the impact of the changing political landscape on philanthropy through interviews with 27 leaders of philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) and funder collaboratives. As frontline partners for grantmakers, these entities function as close observers of trends across the sector,… Read more