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. Only paid subscribers can access this resource (subscribe here).
Supports human rights projects related to the environment, energy, food, and water systems.
This funder tends to support organizations that advocate for human rights, particularly as they relate to women.
Alchemy tends to focus its rights grantmaking on large international groups fighting for the human rights of vulnerable populations around the world.
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.
Angelica’s grants are generally limited to organizations that address the human rights of people living in Mexico.
Appleton focuses its global security grantmaking on supporting peacebuilding movements in Latin America. The foundation also awards grants to organizations fighting for the rights of indigenous and marginalized populations in this region.
The Arab Human Rights Fund makes long-term investments in a wide range of human rights work across the Arab region.
Arca is an accessible funder, and a good friend to progressive groups working in the peace and human rights space.
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.
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.
Funds global security-related grantmaking on peacebuilding, conflict resolution and human rights.
Baring’s human rights-related grants support groups fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in sub-Saharan Africa.
Berlin-based foundation funds organizations that have a collaborative approach to the promotion of peace and development of solutions to conflict-related challenges.
Protects the rights of Jewish people and other minorities as well as those advocating for human rights of people living in the Global South.
The Bright Horizon Foundation focuses its global security grantmaking on conflict resolution and peace-building.
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.
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.
The C&A Foundation’s human rights related grants support organizations that address systemic challenges within the apparel industry.
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 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 mainly supports local efforts to rebuild communities after conflict, with occasional grants to larger international global security groups.
Channel is dedicated to championing women’s rights while advocating for increased female involvement in conflict resolution and peace-building efforts around the world.
The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation focuses its human rights grantmaking on protecting vulnerable and underprivileged children.
This 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 awards grants for biological, chemical, and nuclear security, women in science, and evolving funding opportunities.
Colombe 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 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.
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.
The Devon Creek Foundation supports organizations promoting the “[u]nfettered exercise of basic human rights.”
Diamondston does not restrict its human rights grantmaking to any particular area of focus or region of the world. This funder typically awards grants to large international organizations rather than local and grassroots groups.
The Digital Defenders Partnership funds individuals and organizations that seek to maintain internet freedom.
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.
Donner awards millions to both grassroots and large human rights organizations.
Has a heavy focus on women's rights and women's equity programs, with additional interest in arts and film projects.
The Eucalyptus Foundation’s human rights grantmaking is relatively broad; however, it prioritizes awards to projects that support the rights of those living in conflict zones and peacebuilding movements.
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.
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.
While Ford recently restructured to put more focus on combating inequality, human rights remain a core concern, with funding opportunities across multiple programs.
Supports groups working on peaceful solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a preference for smaller organizations.
Freedom House offers emergency assistance to frontline human rights defenders, activists, civil society organizations, survivors of religious persecution, and defenders of religious freedom.
Frontline Defenders offers emergency grants to human rights defenders around the world.
This is a flexible and responsive grantmaker that overwhelmingly supports grassroots organizations fighting for the rights of vulnerable and marginalized populations around the world.
Supports a variety of grassroots organizations that seek to fill funding gaps in human rights matters related to marginalized women, girls and LGBTI people.
A progressive funder that backs organizations working in the fields of nonproliferation, peacebuilding, gender equality, and human rights.
The David Geffen Foundation supports a wide range of human rights organizations across the United States.
Mexico has a serious human rights problem. This funder aims to alleviate some of that suffering through its grantmaking.
This is a newcomer to the women’s rights and empowerment space. It has made grants for anti-sex trafficking work among other things.
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 organizations.
The fund almost exclusively gives to woman-run, majority-women NGOs working to expand women's reproductive, economic, and political freedoms in lower-income countries.
Awards human rights grants based on environmental conservation and protection concerns with emphasis on grassroots efforts for women and indigenous communities.
The Greenbaum Foundation’s human rights grantmaking largely focuses on children, women, combating modern-day slavery and fighting against human trafficking.
Funds a broad array of human rights projects, and tends to support refugees and immigrants rights.
This small family foundation supports general human rights causes and work related to women’s and reproductive rights.
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.
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.
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.
Works to combat modern-day slavery and human trafficking, as well as supporting efforts in global peacebuilding and the prevention of mass atrocities.
This family foundation concentrates its grantmaking efforts on programs for a more inclusive global security and peace-building environment, with a specific focus on women.
Makes modest-sized, single-year-only grants to support research advancing peace and addressing the root causes of war and violence.
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.
The Violet Jabara Charitable Trust focuses its global security grantmaking on peacebuilding in Middle Eastern Countries.
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.
The Jubitz Family Foundation supports organizations working to shift peace-building approaches away from militarism and toward non-violent alternatives.
Low-profile family funder's human rights giving has, in recent years, focused on women, girls and children.
Keller awards grants to groups that address access to basic physical and mental healthcare, and increased government and corporate accountability for human rights violations.
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.
The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation takes a broad approach to funding human rights organizations across the United States.
Lantos is an approachable funder that awards modest grants to organizations working on the front lines of the global human rights battle.
A relatively approachable funder that often supports grassroots groups. However, its global grantmaking is pretty limited.
The foundation's human rights grantmaking is quite selective, mainly supporting a few top organizations.
The Levi Strauss Foundation’s human rights grants largely focus on the rights and protections of textile workers. However, this funder awards grants for other rights work as well such as the rights of sex workers, social justice causes, and women’s rights.
Libra supports human rights work targeting systemic change, often backing efforts that involve policy reform, coalition building, and legal strategies.
The cosmetics company Lush funds environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights.
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.
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.
The Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund supports human rights organizations exploring the links between mental health and social injustice.
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.
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.
The Minderoo Foundation’s human rights grants focus on modern slavery, forced labor and human trafficking.
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.
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.
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation invests in local, national, and international organizations that conduct human rights work.
This small but strategic global security funder backs organizations working in the fields of nuclear disarmament, government corruption, and constitutional rights.
The Nasiri Foundation awards unrestricted grants to organizations around the world fostering non-violence and diplomacy.
The Nduna Foundation does not have specific human rights grantmaking program; however, it supports the rights of vulnerable populations around the world including women and refugees.
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 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.
The New Prospect Foundation invests in established and larger human rights organizations that work internationally.
The Nexus Fund focuses its global security grantmaking on combating violence and hate speech, as well as preventing mass atrocities.
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.
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.
This funder focuses its global security grantmaking on biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.
Supports large international groups with major rights projects. It can be tough going for smaller groups or those not already on the funding roster.
Supports human rights defenders and organizations promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights, LGBT rights, and gender equality.
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.
Based in Rome, Italy, this approachable funder supports programs in low-income countries worldwide that emphasize human rights efforts for women and children, and the right to education.
Pershing maintains a broad approach to its investments in human rights organizations around the world.
Platt doesn’t name specific areas of interest in its rights grantmaking. Strongly supports outfits fighting for the rights of women and children and combating human trafficking.
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 offers microgrants to individuals and projects in a broad range of human rights causes.
Security grants from this U.K.-based funder go toward transparency, accountability, combating corruption and promotion of good governance. Favors big-name rights groups.
Supports organizations advocating for nuclear arms control while looking toward the eventual elimination of all nuclear weapons.
Proteus, which pools funds from foundations and individual donors, has a long history of supporting progressive advocacy work on peace and human rights.
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.
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.
The Roddick Foundation supports human rights organizations in the United States and around the world. However, it prioritizes U.K.-based nonprofits.
Rosenthal tends to support large international organizations that conduct broad-based global rights work.
Rubin offers small grants, but this accessible funder backs progressive groups working on peace and human rights issues.
The Sandler Foundation supports human rights organizations working in the United States and abroad.
Schooner’s rights-related grants tend to support larger organizations mounting generalized human rights campaigns. Grants also support groups that work in peace and security, as well as economic opportunity.
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.
The Paul Singer Foundation focuses its global securities grantmaking on peacebuilding and human rights.
This funder tends to support progressive rights groups fostering systemic change to increase social justice for marginalized groups around the world.
This funder supports both domestic and international peace and security efforts toward developing effective national security strategies and foreign policies.
The Sparkplug Foundation invests in various human rights organizations in the United States, Israel, and Palestine.
The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation awards grants to organizations that advance conservative values in addressing U.S. national security.
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.
The Swift Foundation’s human rights grantmaking focuses on restoring and protecting the rights of indigenous people.
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.
Trellis supports large national and international organizations mounting widespread rights campaigns. It tends to provide general operating support rather than program-specific funding.
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.
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.
This funder supports a diversity of groups and causes. It grants few global security grants but is receptive to smaller and lesser-known grantseekers.
MHW predominately funds larger rights groups operating projects at scale around the world.
The Reid Williams Foundation seeks to advocate for social and economic justice through its grantmaking.
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.
The Zegar Family Foundation’s human rights grants support people in the United States who are denied their rights.