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4 Ways Human Rights Funders Can Use Impact Investments

Originally published on Greater Good on August 15, 2016, Cynthia Muller and Rachel Reichenbach of Arabella Advisors argue that human rights funders should consider impact investing as a powerful complement to grant making and other forms of philanthropic support.  “How can funders support the sustainability of human rights?” This question was the topic of last … Continue reading

Grantmaking Practice / Knowledge Tools

Funding the Frontlines: The Value of Supporting Grassroots Organizing

Originally published on the blog Philantopic by Philanthropy News Digest (PND) on August 2, 2016, Hilal Baykara of the Sabanci Foundation discusses the importance of funding grassroots movements and the value of developing a diversified grantmaking portfolio.  Over the last decade or so, human rights organizations, democracy activists, journalists, and civil society groups around the world have faced increasing … Continue reading

Environment / Indigenous Peoples / Knowledge Tools

Defending Environmental Rights: Funding Priorities in the Global South and East

Originally published on the blog Philantopic by Philanthropy News Digest (PND) on July 21, 2016, Maria Amália Souza of the São Paulo-based CASA Socio-Environmental Fund writes about why Global South and East funders are increasingly funding environmental and resource rights and dedicated a larger proportion of their support to capacity-building, coalition building, and collaboration, compared to … Continue reading

Access to Justice / Advocacy / Strategic Litigation

Being Strategic about Strategic Litigation: Four Things We’ve Learned from a Public Health Context

In Kenya, restrictions on accessing critical HIV treatment endangered the lives of hundreds of thousands of people living with HIV. In Uganda, hundreds of women died during childbirth due to the failure of the government to provide appropriate maternal health care. In Namibia, the forced sterilization of dozens of women living with HIV led to grief, … Continue reading

Human Rights Community / IHRFG Events / Uncategorized

Moving Beyond a Movement Moment

Contributed by Radha Friedman, Director of Programs at the World Justice Project. Conferences don’t usually begin with tears. But given the last few weeks, it wasn’t surprising. The killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, followed by more shootings in Texas, the brutal stabbing and shooting of a member of Britain’s Parliament for being too … Continue reading

Alliance-Building / IHRFG Events

Universal Human Rights: What Are We Sharing Across Borders?

Contributed by Natalie Ross, Director of Global Philanthropy at the Council on Foundations.  It was clear from the opening plenary of IHRFG’s 2016 conference that those of us working to protect human rights are increasingly feeling the impact of recent world events on our personal lives. It was this weight that motivated speakers to change … Continue reading

Human Rights Community / IHRFG Events

“Are you okay?”: Embracing Vulnerability to Sustain the Human Rights Movement

Contributed By Luis F. Vivaldi, Program Associate at the Foundation for a Just Society. “Are you okay?” It seems like a simple question, but it asks so much of us. Recalling the recent tragic events in Orlando, Baghdad, Dallas, and Istanbul during the opening of the International Human Rights Funders Group conference in New York City, executive director … Continue reading