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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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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


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

Key Takeaways

Map –> Resist –> Support: 2017 Key Takeaways

From July 10-13, 2017, over 250 funders from 29 countries gathered in New York to map challenges, share concrete tactics to resist, and chart a new course for support. This report offers highlights of our 2017 convening and links to videos of selected sessions.

Photo Courtesy of: Fondo Semillas

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


Atlas Learning Project Toolkit

The Atlas Learning Project, launched by Atlantic Philanthropies strives to our era of new political realities, where we can no longer rely on conventional wisdom to navigate these uncharted waters. Time-tested approaches to advancing policy don’t always apply in today’s political climate. More than ever before, foundations are turning to each other to learn from… Read more