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Tag Archive: Foundation Center

May 24, 2018

The Stories We Can and Can’t Tell: Five Years of Mapping Human Rights Funding

By Anna Koob (Knowledge Services Manager), Foundation Center and Rachel Thomas (Director of Research Initiatives), Human Rights Funders Network

Advancing Human Rights, a partnership between Human Rights Funders Network and Foundation Center, in collaboration with Ariadne and Prospera, is one of the most ambitious quantitative research projects to date focused on human rights philanthropy. The five years of data featured on the research hub captures almost 100,000 human rights grants from 1,193 funders located… Read more

April 11, 2018

Are You Over or Under-Protecting Your Grants Data? 5 Ways to Balance Transparency and Data Protection in Sensitive Contexts

By Laia Griñó, Director of Data Discovery at Foundation Center

Over the last few months, this blog has presented insights gained from the Advancing Human Rights initiative’s five-year trend analysis. Getting to these insights would not have been possible had not a growing number of funders decided to consistently share more detailed data about their grantmaking, such as through Foundation Center’s eReporting program. In a… Read more

February 15, 2018

Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals: Are the SDGs living up to their promise to leave no one behind?

By Inga Ingulfsen (Research Analyst, Global Partnerships) and Anna Koob (Knowledge Services Manager) at Foundation Center

Much has been made of the commitment to human rights principles reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals covering a range of social and economic issues to guide the global development agenda through 2030. Rooted in a promise “to leave no one behind” and seeking to “envisage a world of… Read more

December 7, 2017

Five years of mapping human rights funding: our key findings

By Anna Koob (Knowledge Services Manager) at Foundation Center, and Sarah Tansey (Program Manager, Research & Policy) at Human Rights Funders Network

Mapping a problem: that’s how HRFN’s Executive Director phrased it when we and Foundation Center launched our Advancing Human Rights initiative. Recognizing a knowledge gap in the sector, we set out to answer the question: “who is funding human rights, and where?” For the past seven years, the Advancing Human Rights research has mapped the landscape of… Read more

September 15, 2015

Making Use of the Knowledge Tools for Funders and Civil Society

By Yervand Shirinyan, Deputy Director, Human Rights Initiative at Open Society Foundations

Ariadne and the International Human Rights Funders Group have been collecting grants data from all their members to create a suite of knowledge tools to assist funders and civil society. Some of these tools are available to all via our website, but the more detailed information, right down to grant level, is only accessible via password… Read more

March 19, 2015

When Is Transparency a Really Good Idea?

By Brad Smith, President at Foundation Center

Contributed by Brad Smith, President, Foundation Center, and featured in the March 19, 2015 In Focus segment of IHRFG’s e-newsletter Human Rights Funding News, with counter-article “When Is Transparency a Really Bad Idea?” by Jo Andrews, Director of Ariadne-European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights. This piece originally appeared in the December 2014 issue of Alliance Magazine– When it comes to philanthropy, the answer… Read more

November 24, 2014

Traveling Toward Greater Impact

By Julie Broome, Director of Programs at Sigrid Rausing Trust

This article was originally published on the Philanthropy News Digest blog, PhilanTopic, on Thursday, November 13, 2014. The original article can be found here. Anyone who has ever traveled with me – even just across town – knows that I get lost easily. North becomes south, left becomes right. As such, I’ve developed a heavy… Read more

August 15, 2012

Live Tweeting, Learning and Networking with the International Human Rights Funders Group

By Anne Lieberman, Program Associate for Asia at American Jewish World Service

Originally published on the AJWS Blog, Global Voices. A few weeks ago, I attended the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) conference with several other AJWS colleagues. My first time at IHRFG, I decided 2 furiously abbr., #hashtag & @mention for 2 days str8 (AKA Live Tweet) the sessions I attended in an effort to… Read more