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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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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


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.


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


(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


Sur International Journal on Human Rights

The objective of the Sur International Journal on Human Rights, published by Conectas, is to influence the global human rights agenda by producing, fostering, and disseminating innovative research and ideas, primarily from the Global South, on human rights practice. The 26th edition of the Sur International Journal on Human Rights, which Conectas collaborated on with the Fund for Global Human Rights, focuses on… Read more


What is closing space grant-making?

How do we support civil society in a restrictive environment? Can civil society be supported to resist regressive laws and push back against closing space? Purposeful grant-making strategy can bring more success in dealing with the closing space trend. The Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS) has grouped strategies to support civil society into two… Read more


Participatory Grantmaking: Has Its Time Come?

Has the time come for a broad swath of foundations, including national foundations like the Ford Foundation, to take on participatory approaches, including grant making? The Ford Foundation commissioned Cynthia Gibson, a long-time student and practitioner of participatory approaches—including one of the first national participatory grant making initiatives by the Case Foundation—to study foundations’ efforts.


Towards A New Ecology For The Human Rights Movement

In 2012, the Ford Foundation embarked on the Strengthening Human Rights Worldwide (SHRW) initiative, a five-year investment to strengthen and diversify the human rights movement by funding seven human rights groups from the Global South and seven International NGOs headquartered in the Global North. How successful was it and what are the key lessons for… Read more