Policy & Research

Policy & Research

Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders

IHRFG and the Foundation Center's Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders initiative is a multi-year effort to track the evolving state of global human rights funding and create a set of powerful, interactive data and research tools to help human rights funders and advocates increase their effectiveness. 

  • Advancing Human Rights Website: the first public website that visualizes human rights grantmaking. Human rights advocates, funders, researchers, and academics can delve into funding by region, issue area, population, or strategy and view sample grants through this interactive resource.   
  • Foundation Maps: Human Rights. Our funder-only map goes a step further than our public website, allowing funders to view grants-level data and search at the intersection of different issues and populations. Funders can use the map to see where they fit in the field, identify peers in areas of interest, and explore existing work and gaps at the country or city level. The map is available to grantmakers through our online member area.
Learn more about how peer funders are using this research and making it better: 6 Ways Funders Can Use and Strengthen this Research

For more information, contact Sarah Tansey, IHRFG Program Manager for Research and Policy at stansey [at] ihrfg [dot] org or + 1.646.381.7582.

About the Foundation Center

Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants - a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 450 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world. For more information, please visit www.foundationcenter.org or call +1-212-620-4230.

About Ariadne

Founded in 2009, Ariadne is a European-wide network for grant-makers invested in human rights and social justice. It enables European funders to connect with like minded peers, to share and transfer knowledge, to deepen grant-making skills and to build relationships for effective cooperation and collaboration. The network facilitates a mix of hard and soft links: Members can connect from their desks through a virtual clubhouse, which is used to coordinate events, host funder collaboratives, and discuss different areas of human rights grant-making. At the same time, Ariadne members get the chance to meet at the Annual Ariadne Policy Briefing, at seminars, tele-briefings and networking events. The network’s membership currently represents over 110 grant-making bodies in 17 countries, working on a broad range of issues such as migration and integration, intolerance and xenophobia, human trafficking, LGBT rights, women's rights, environmental rights, freedom of expression and more. To learn more about Ariadne please visit: http://ariadne-network.eu/

About the International Network of Women's Funds

Founded in 2000, the International Network of Women’s Funds (INWF) seeks to strengthen the political and financial capacity of women’s funds to empower women and redistribute resources to transform their lives and communities.

Women's Funds are philanthropic public foundations that provide financial support to women-led projects targeting a wide variety of themes related to the advancement of women’s human rights and social justice. According to the most pressing local, regional or international needs Women's Funds independently develop their working plans and strategies. Located in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, Women's Funds share a strong commitment to feminist principles, economic justice and human rights. To learn more about INWF please visit: www.inwf.org