Global security and human rights attract a range of funders, from major foundations to much smaller family foundations. Some of these funders are highly transparent and accessible, while others are difficult to access. Competition for grant dollars in this area can be intense, and thus due diligence is a must before spending time approaching funders. 

We are closely tracking funding in the global security and human rights space, and our learning is captured in this guide. All the profiles of funders and program officers here are updated regularly, and we often add new profiles. 

[Please note: This guide is currently under revision. Some links may be inactive as funder profiles are updated.]

FUNDERS

11TH HOUR PROJECT

Supports human rights projects related to the environment, energy, food, and water systems. 

AGUA FUND

This funder tends to support organizations that advocate for human rights, particularly as they relate to women. 

ALCHEMY FOUNDATION

Alchemy tends to focus its rights grantmaking on large international groups fighting for the human rights of  vulnerable populations around the world. 

ANGELICA FOUNDATION

Angelica’s grants are generally limited to organizations that address the human rights of people living in Mexico. 

ARCA FOUNDATION

Arca is an accessible funder, and a good friend to progressive groups working in the peace and human rights space. 

ARCUS FOUNDATION

Arcus supports global groups that connect human rights to LGBT rights. It focuses its grantmaking on regions of the world where discrimination, homophobia, and abuses are among the most egregious.

ASTRAEA LESBIAN FOUNDATION FOR JUSTICE

Approachable funder that favors smaller organizations addressing oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Also supports rights groups advancing racial, economic and gender justice.

SUSAN AND DONALD BABSON CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

Funds global security-related grantmaking on peacebuilding, conflict resolution and human rights.

BARING FOUNDATION

Baring’s human rights-related grants support groups fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in sub-Saharan Africa.

BERGHOF FOUNDATION

Berlin-based foundation funds organizations that have a collaborative approach to the promotion of peace and development of solutions to conflict-related challenges.

BROMLEY TRUST

Bromley focuses its rights grantmaking on combating human trafficking, slavery, persecution, torture, abuse, and cruel and unusual punishment in prison populations. Grants are restricted to U.K. registered charities. 

CALAMUS FOUNDATION

Calamus supports LGBT rights programs both in the U.S. and abroad. Calamus is a relatively approachable grantmaker, but is judicious when choosing organizations to support.

CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK

Carnegie takes a broad approach to international security, funding work on nuclear security, but also global power dynamics, peacebuilding and emerging security threats. It's keen on linking research to policy. 

CATALYST FOR PEACE

Catalyst mainly supports local efforts to rebuild communities after conflict, with occasional grants to larger international global security groups.

CHANNEL FOUNDATION

Channel is dedicated to championing women’s rights while advocating for increased female involvement in conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts around the world. 

CHINO CIENEGA FOUNDATION

California-based outfit makes modest grants for work to help communities suffering from the aftermath of war and conflict, including programs to restore natural ecosystems and build peaceful cooperation. 

CIVILIAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

Civilian Research and Development Foundation awards grants for biological, chemical, and nuclear security, women in science, and evolving funding opportunities.

COLOMBE FOUNDATION

Columbe tends to back smaller grassroots groups working in the nuclear security field. The foundation also awards grants to peace advocacy groups working to educate the public on nuclear policy.

COMPTON FOUNDATION

Compton was founded on the belief that war is preventable if its underlying causes are addressed. It remains true to that vision almost seven decades later with an expanding definition of security.

DAVID AND ANITA KELLER FOUNDATION

Keller awards grants to groups that address access to basic physical and mental healthcare, and increased government and corporate accountability for human rights violations.

DISABILITY RIGHTS FUND

DRF largely focuses its grants on advancing the U.N.’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as its SDGs. The fund wants to see people with disabilities well represented in the groups it supports.

WILLIAM H. DONNER FOUNDATION    

Donner awards millions to both grassroots and large human rights organizations.

EMBREY FAMILY FOUNDATION

Has a heavy focus on women's rights and women's equity programs, with additional interest in arts and film projects.

EVAN CORNISH FOUNDATION

The Cornish Foundation, based in the U.K., supports victims of violations, empowering people to fight for their own rights, combating violations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, women’s rights, and gender equality. 

FIREDOLL FOUNDATION

Firedoll’s grantmaking reflects the liberal ideologies of its co-founders, awarding grants to groups fighting for the rights of vulnerable populations. It also supports rights outfits working in the West Bank and Gaza.

FORD FOUNDATION

While Ford recently restructured to put more focus on combating inequality, human rights remain a core concern, with funding opportunities across multiple programs. 

FOUNDATION FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE

Supports groups working on peaceful solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a preference for smaller organizations.

FUND FOR GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS

This is a flexible and responsive grantmaker that overwhelmingly supports grassroots organizations fighting for the rights of vulnerable and marginalized populations around the world. 

FUND FOR NONVIOLENCE

A progressive funder that backs organizations working in the fields of nonproliferation, peacebuilding, gender equality, and human rights.  

GENERAL SERVICE FOUNDATION

Mexico has a serious human rights problem. This funder is aiming to alleviate some of that suffering through its grantmaking. Grants typically range from $15,000 to $70,000. 

GEORGE FAMILY FOUNDATION

This is a newcomer to the women’s rights and empowerment space. It has made grants for anti-sex trafficking work among other things. 

GIRLS RIGHTS PROJECT

Approachable funder supports organizations advocating girls' rights, particularly in education, anti-trafficking, ending female genital mutilation, and locating missing girls. Grants go to both community and global orgs.  

GLOBAL GREENGRANTS FUND

Awards human rights grants based on environmental conservation and protection concerns with emphasis on grassroots efforts for women and indigenous communities.

GROVE FOUNDATION

Funds a broad array of human rights projects, and tends to support refugees and immigrants rights. 

HAUSER FOUNDATION

Backs mostly larger organizations, as well as think tanks and policy researchers doing work in global security, improving U.S. foreign relations and preventing/resolving armed conflict.

HEISING-SIMONS FOUNDATION

Human rights grants out of Heising-Simons focus on women and girls globally, and on people involved in the criminal justice system, and undocumented communities within the U.S.

HENRY JACKSON FOUNDATION

Approaches global security through the wider scope of human rights issues related to U.S. foreign policy, with a keen interest in bridging the gap between foreign policy makers and academia.

HOLTHUES TRUST

A funder of diverse human rights causes. Tends to support the same groups year after year, but grants are usually modest in size. Groups that can accomplish a lot with smaller grants should get in touch.

HOWARD G. BUFFETT FOUNDATION

Agriculture and food are the main focus areas of this funder, which believes that conflict situations put food security at risk. This thinking motivates grantmaking in the unstable Great Lakes area in Africa.

HUMANITY UNITED

Works to combat modern-day slavery and human trafficking, as well as supporting efforts in global peacebuilding and the prevention of mass atrocities.

FOUNDATION FOR A JUST SOCIETY

Supports a variety of grassroots organizations that seek to fill funding gaps in human rights matters related to marginalized women, girls and LGBTI people.

IGNACIO MARTIN-BARO FUND

The Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund supports human rights organizations exploring the links between mental health and social injustice.

INTERNATIONAL PEACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION

Makes modest-sized, single-year-only grants to support research advancing peace and addressing the root causes of war and violence.

IRVING S. AND ALWYN N. JOHNSON FOUNDATION

This family funder focuses its rights-related grants on general human rights, battling human trafficking, and combating gender equality. Grants generally start at around $1,000 and rarely exceed $3,000.

ISABEL ALLENDE FOUNDATION

Allende tends to favor grassroots groups fighting for women’s reproductive health and education rights. It also supports programs protecting women from violence. Grants are generally restricted to groups working in Chile. 

JACOB AND HILDA BLAUSTEIN FOUNDATION

Protects the rights of Jewish people and other minorities as well as those advocating for human rights of people living in the Global South.

JOAN AND LEWS PLATT FOUNDATION

Platt doesn’t name specific areas of interest in its rights grantmaking. Strongly supports outfits fighting for the rights of women and children and combatting human trafficking.

KARSTEN FAMILY FOUNDATION

Low-profile family funder's human rights giving has, in recent years, focused on women, girls and children. 

KENDEDA FUND

Kendeda supports rights-related programs that address child marriage in South Asia. It also supports organizations that increase the global awareness and dialogue regarding child marriage. 

LANTOS FOUNDATION

Lantos is an approachable funder that awards modest grants to organizations working on the front lines of the global human rights battle.

LEON LEVY FOUNDATION

The foundation's human rights grantmaking is quite selective, mainly supporting a few top organizations.

LIBRA FOUNDATION

Libra supports human rights work targeting systemic change, often backing efforts that involve policy reform, coalition building, and legal strategies.

LUSH COSMETICS

The cosmetics company Lush funds environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights.

MAX AND ANNA LEVINSON FOUNDATION

A relatively approachable funder that often supports grassroots groups. However, its global grantmaking is pretty limited. 

MACARTHUR FOUNDATION

MacArthur seeks global security projects to prevent nuclear terrorism and inform nuclear security policies. The foundation is currently narrowing its peace and security grantmaking focus. 

MAMA CASH

Amsterdam-based funder is dedicated to the rights of all women, including those in the most marginalized segments of society. Prefers to provide operating support to grantees.

MATCH INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S FUND

MATCH pays particular attention to grassroots groups fighting for gender equality. Grants are limited to the Global South and typically range from $10,000 to $20,000 CAD.

MAYPOLE FUND

Invests in programs that raise the profile of women in the global security landscape, and oppose war and conflict through a variety of avenues. They support women and women-only groups. 

MIZE FAMILY FOUNDATION

Mize’s rights grants largely revolve around women’s rights. It also supports groups fighting for natural resource rights of marginalized and indigenous communities. Grants are typically aimed at developing countries.

MOSES FELDMAN FOUNDATION

This funder focuses its support on strengthening Israeli-Arab relations in Israel and the Middle East, increased diplomacy between the U.S. and Israel, and promoting diplomacy between Israel and the rest of the world.

MORIAH FUND

A relatively low-profile fund with a big policy footprint, Moriah supports a variety of organizations that expand the rights of underserved and oppressed persons.

NEW ISRAEL FUND

This funder focuses its grantmaking on human and civil rights, social and economic justice, freedom, and protecting Israel’s environment. Grants range widely from less than $10,000 up to $500,000. 

NEW-LAND FOUNDATION

New-Land supports projects to mitigate the threat of weapons of mass destruction, and groups seeking to ease regional conflict. Tends to support the same outfits year after year.

NOVO FOUNDATION

NoVo is committed to protecting girls and women against violence in conflict and post-conflict regions, as well as advocating for gender equality and economic justice. 

OAK FOUNDATION

Funds traditional human rights work, but also has a grantmaking program dedicated to women’s rights. Awards a limited number of human rights grants annually. 

OPEN PHILANTHROPY PROJECT FUND

This funder focuses its global security grantmaking on biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.

JESSE H. AND SUSAN R. OPPENHEIMER FOUNDATION

Supports large international groups with major rights projects. It can be tough going for smaller groups or those not already on the funding roster.

OVERBROOK FOUNDATION

Supports human rights defenders and organizations promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights, LGBT rights, and gender equality. 

PEACE DEVELOPMENT FUND

PDF awards grant to groups that target the root causes of social, environmental and economic injustice; also funds smaller, local rights groups that have budgets of less than $250,000.

NANDO AND ELSA PERETTI FOUNDATION

Based in Rome, Italy, this approachable funder supports programs in low-income countries worldwide with emphasis on human rights efforts for women and children, and the right to education. 

PLOUGHSHARES FUND

This is a passthrough outfit, but it also awards grants to nuclear nonproliferation and elimination, peace and security building, and the prevention of the emergence of new nuclear states.

POLLINATION PROJECT

Pollination Project offers microgrants to individuals and projects in a broad range of human rights causes.  

DAVID AND ELAINE POTTER FOUNDATION

Security grants from this U.K.-based funder go toward transparency, accountability, combating corruption and promotion of good governance. Favors big-name rights groups. 

PROSPECT HILL FOUNDATION

Supports organizations advocating for nuclear arms control while looking toward the eventual elimination of all nuclear weapons.  

PROTEUS FUND

Proteus, which pools funds from foundations and individual donors, has a long history of supporting progressive advocacy work on peace and human rights. 

RIVENDELL FOUNDATION

Rivendell is a small global grantmaker that supports rights projects that relate to women’s empowerment and helping local communities advocate for basic human rights.   

ROSENTHAL FAMILY FOUNDATION

Rosenthal tends to support large international organizations that conduct broad-based global rights work. 

SAMUEL RUBIN FOUNDATION

Rubin gives small grants, but this accessible funder backs progressive groups working on peace and human rights issues. 

SCHOONER FOUNDATION

Schooner’s rights-related grants tend to go to larger outfits mounting generalized human rights campaigns. Grants also go to groups working in the fields of peace and security as well as economic opportunity. 

SIGRID RAUSING TRUST

This human rights funder supports a broad range of rights work related to women and LGBT, as well as efforts in translational justice, protecting human rights defenders, and combating intolerance and xenophobia. 

PAUL E. SINGER FOUNDATION 

The Paul Singer Foundation focuses its global securities grantmaking on peacebuilding and human rights.

SKOLL FOUNDATION

Skoll's human rights funding emphasizes human rights during conflict, gender equality, peace building, government corruption, and fighting rights abuses for vulnerable populations. Favors established organizations.

SOLIDAGO FOUNDATION

This funder tends to support progressive rights groups fostering systemic change to increase social justice for marginalized groups around the world.

SMITH RICHARDSON FOUNDATION

This funder supports both domestic and international peace and security efforts toward developing effective national security strategies and foreign policies. 

SPARKPLUG FOUNDATION

The Sparkplug Foundation invests in various human rights organizations in the United States, Israel, and Palestine.

STAPLES TRUST

One of 17 nonprofits in the Sainsbury Family of Charitable Trusts. Staples' human rights grants are concerned with gender issues, the rights of indigenous people, and overall defense of human rights and liberties. 

STEWART R. MOTT FOUNDATION

This small but strategic global security funder backs organizations working in the fields of nuclear disarmament, government corruption, and constitutional rights. 

SWANEE HUNT FOUNDATION

This family foundation concentrates its grantmaking efforts on programs for a more inclusive global security and peacebuilding environment, with a specific focus on women. 

TIET FOUNDATION

Tiet awards modest grants to organizations combating the social and economic inequality suffered by marginalized and vulnerable populations. Grants are generally limited to $5,000.

TRELLIS CHARITABLE FUND

Trellis supports large national and international organizations mounting widespread rights campaigns. It tends to provide general operating support rather than program-specific funding. 

ROCKEFELLER BROTHERS FUND

RBFs peacebuilding work is heavily focused on the Middle East right now, with emphasis on improving Iran's relations with the West. The fund believes deeply in the power of dialogue to foster greater security.

THRESHOLD FOUNDATION

This progressive group is mainly concerned with "ecological destruction and human suffering." It makes global security grants through its Middle East Peace program toward nonviolent Palestinian and Israeli activists working for civil rights and lasting peace. 

URGENT ACTION FUND FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS

This accessible funder largely focuses its grantmaking activities on supporting NGOs working in women’s and transgender rights, including in some of the most oppressive societies in the world. 

WALLACE GLOBAL FUND

This progressive funder's grantmaking is shaped by key trends that threaten global security including the rise of corporatocracy, ecological collapse, women's rights, and government oppression.

EDNA WARDLAW CHARITABLE TRUST

This funder supports a diversity of groups and causes. It grants few global security grants, but is receptive to smaller and lesser-known grantseekers.

MALCOLM HEWITT WIENER FOUNDATION

MHW predominately funds larger rights groups operating projects at scale around the world.

WINSTON FOUNDATION

Winston is a quiet funder of human rights causes around the world. The foundation prioritizes large rights outfits working in the U.S. and abroad.