William H. Donner Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: Donner Foundation awards millions in annual grants with much of it going towards both small and large human rights organizations.

IP TAKE: Donner aims to advance human rights in areas of the world where violations abound.

PROFILE: The William H. Donner Foundation awards between $4 million and $5 million in annual grants to a variety of causes beyond global security. Its sparse website offers little information beyond William H. Donner’s history; however, Donner’s tax filings reveal a distinct pattern of human rights funding.

On occasion, the Donner Foundation awards grants that are upwards of $100,000, but most grants—including those awarded to human rights efforts—range between $25,000 to $50,000. Larger awards tend to go to larger organizations such as Amnesty International and Humanity in Action; however, the foundation also funds grassroots organizations. 

Grants are by invitation only, and as such, the foundation does not acknowledge unsolicited proposals. However, Donner’s human rights grantees are diverse in both size and areas of interest. 


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