Human Rights Community / IHRFG Research / Knowledge Tools

How “Advancing Human Rights” Can – and Can’t – Support Academic Research

Merrill Sovner of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, discusses the divide between philanthropy practice and scholarship in light of IHRFG and Foundation Center’s latest Advancing Human Rights research. The International Human Rights Funders Group and Foundation Center recently published Advancing Human Rights: Update on … Continue reading

Alliance-Building / Knowledge Tools / Working Groups

Creating Shared Language: Data at the Intersection of HIV and Human Rights

Originally published on Philanthropy In Focus on September 19, 2016, Sarah Tansey from the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) and  Sarah Hamilton from Funders Concerned About AIDS discuss the first analysis of HIV philanthropy for human rights related efforts.  This past July, Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) launched a new infographic detailing $85 million in HIV-related … 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

Knowledge Tools

Knowledge Is Power: LGBTQI and Human Rights Funders, Disaggregate Your Data!

By Sarah Gunther, Director of Programs, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. This post originally appeared on Foundation Center’s PhilanTopic blog. When several LGBTQI funders set out in 2013 to better understand the landscape of funding for trans* human rights, our first stop was the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) and Foundation Center’s groundbreaking data … Continue reading

Disability Rights / Knowledge Tools

Being Counted: Funding for Disability

By Diana Samarasan, Founding Executive Director, Disability Rights Fund. This post originally appeared on Foundation Center’s PhilanTopic blog. “It’s a sad truth that in many developing countries people with disabilities simply don’t count. No data is collected on their disabilities nor their abilities, so it’s as if they just don’t exist.” —Former UK parliamentary undersecretary … Continue reading

Grantmaking Practice / Knowledge Tools

When Is Transparency a Really Bad Idea?

Contributed by Jo Andrews, Director, Ariadne-European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights and featured in the March 19, 2015 In Focus segment of IHRFG’s e-newsletter Human Rights Funding News, with counter-article “When Is Transparency a Really Good Idea?” by Foundation Center President Brad Smith. This piece originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Alliance Magazine– Fashions in philanthropy can be … Continue reading