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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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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.


Advancing Human Rights: Case Studies

What does human rights grantmaking look like in practice? Funders share case studies and success stories from their work, on topics ranging from environmental rights advocacy to inclusive grantmaking for persons with disabilities.


Peer to Peer: At the Heart of Influencing More Effective Philanthropy

Published by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation draws on data from multiple sources. It scans the field scan identified which knowledge sources and formats are most likely to be accessed by funders, how that knowledge is assessed by its users, and the ways in which knowledge is used to shape the practice of philanthropy.


FCAA Data Spotlight: HIV Philanthropy for Advocacy & Human Rights

Prepared by FCAA this resource provides an overview of philanthropic resources for HIV programming. Over the course of the HIV epidemic, advocacy and rights-based programming has driven scientific and therapeutic advancements, changed policies and public opinion, and raised the voices and protections of those most vulnerable. Unfortunately, this crucial work is often undertaken with inadequate support and faces with political opposition. Read to learn more about funding for these critical efforts through this new infographic on HIV philanthropy for advocacy and human rights.


Supporting Inclusive Movements: Funding the Rights of Women with Disabilities

This brief published by Channel Foundation, Disability Rights Fund and Wellspring Advisors explores funding at the intersection of women’s rights and disability rights and offers steps donors can take to ensure that their grantmaking is more inclusive of women with disabilities and to support this emerging movement.

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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.


The Rights-Based Approach: The Right Approach?

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. Grantmakers exchanged with and learned from their peers, affirming and challenging their own assumptions. Foundation for a Just Society created a Storify of tweets from the conference. View the complete Twitter conversation about #ihrfg2015ny here. We kicked off our conference with a video featuring a number of funders describing what the rights-based approach means to them and their work.

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Countering the Toxic Narratives: Takeaways from HRFN’s Human Rights Lab

In January 2016, HRFN hosted a Human Rights Lab to respond to closing civic space across the globe. With a group of 35 human rights funders, activists, and advocates from 12 countries, we brainstormed workable strategies to address one element of tightening civic space: the corrosive narratives that feed it. Read the takeaways document here.