Humanity United: Grants for Global Security and Human Rights

OVERVIEW: Humanity United, part of the Omidyar Group, works to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable populations from exploitation. In particular, it works in the areas of modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Humanity United also supports global peace-building efforts and preventing mass atrocities.

IP TAKE: In order to get this organization's attention, potential grantees must first send a letter of inquiry. Humanity United supports both large and grassroots organizations. 

PROFILE: Established in 2005, Humanity United is classified as both a social welfare organization and public charity. Dedicated to building a “[m]ore peaceful and less violent world,” Humanity United awards grants to organizations that promote justice, engage in peace-building, advance human rights, and combat human atrocities. 

Humanity United’s Peacebuilding program concentrates on policy-strengthening advocacy, the development of strong peace and security strategies, and preventing and responding to global human atrocities. The organization works with key peace-building players, including the U.S. government, civil society outfits and the international community at large. Humanity United currently focuses its peacemaking attentions on the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, South Sudan and Sudan.

Humanity United's Advancing Freedom program also gives to organizations that combat modern-day slavery both at home and abroad. Humanity United launched two separate organizations to advance its anti-slavery strategy. An affiliated project, the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking was established in 2007 to end human trafficking and modern day slavery. Created through a $100 million private donor, the Freedom Fund is dedicated to combating modern-day slavery. 

Humanity United's grantmaking revolves around several programs: Forced Labor and Human TraffickingPublic Policy and Government Relations, Strategic Media and Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation.  

Humanity United awards grants between $5,000 to $600,000 (excluding its ongoing support of the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking and the Freedom Fund); however, it looks like most grants fall in the range of $25,000 to $250,000.

To get a broad sense of the organizations receiving financial support from Humanity United, look over its grants database.

Humanity United is a proactive organization that seeks out grantees and partner organizations to support. In addition to grants, Humanity United offers support by way of network building, direct engagement activities, and sponsorships.


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