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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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Funding in Conflict-Affected Environments

The Social Change Initiative (SCI) has written a guide available in English and Arabic, entitled “Funding in Conflict-Affected Environments” that is designed to answer the question – how can independent philanthropy fund activities and initiatives in conflict-affected areas in order to promote and support peacebuilding? Evidence shows that grant-making Trusts and Foundations do make a… Read more


Preventing and responding to sexual harassment: Funders’ practices and challenges

Ariadne Network’s new report offers funders practical measures to prevent and address sexual harassment – an experience many women (and men) are forced to confront and deal with at some point in their lives. While it has often remained hidden and not discussed, especially in the workplace, the #metoo campaign has surfaced a more active discussion… Read more

Digital Security Helpline

Access Now’s Digital Security Helpline works with individuals and organizations from Civil Society around the world to keep them safe online. If you’re at risk, Access Now can help you improve your digital security practices to keep out of harm’s way. If you’re already under attack, you can contact the hotline 24/7 for rapid-response emergency… Read more


Funding Available for Human Rights Defenders

This study assesses the volume of funding available for Human Rights Defenders (organizations and individuals) and identifies trends. In recent years, Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) have been facing increasing difficulties with the rise of authoritarian and semi-authoritarian regimes, the arrival of populist nationalisms in western democracies, and the persistence of various conflicts. This context led… Read more

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Resources for Mexico Post-Earthquakes – Networks, Philanthropic Initiatives, and Tools

On October 18, 2017, the Human Rights Funders Network held a donor telebriefing in response to the two large earthquakes in September 2017 that deeply affected Mexico City and several states around central and southern Mexico. The briefing was co-sponsored with our Latin American Funders Working Group, Fondo Semillas, Global Fund for Children, and the… Read more


Challenging the Closing Space for Civil Society

As threats to civic space emerge across the globe, funders have moved from exploring the problem to coordinating responses. This report offers practical approaches to push back against closing space and encourages an enabling environment for civil society.


Directory of Rest and Respite Programs

Developed by HRFN’s Human Rights Defenders Working Group, this directory lists funders offering rest and respite resources for activists, including areas of focus and how to apply.

Key Takeaways

New York Conference 2015: Key Takeaways

At IHRFG’s New York 2015 conference, we put the rights-based approach on trial and encouraged members to critically explore the utility and efficacy of funding with a rights lens. Read the key takeaways from our conversations.