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Who we are

We are a group of 55+ passionate people working to strengthen human rights around the world. We do this by finding and funding the most effective human rights activists.

Our Story

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Created in 2002 by a group of prominent activists and donors, the Fund fills a critical gap in the charity sector by connecting grassroots human rights defenders to flexible funding, long-term strategic support, and a global network of allies. We look for local leaders who are protecting and promoting the rights of their community—then we provide the money, tools, and training they need to succeed.


Since our founding, the Fund has raised and invested more than $154 million into the work of 1,100+ activists and organizations in more than 80 countries. The activists we support have overturned unjust laws, pushed for progressive policies, and challenged entrenched systems of oppression. Together, we’ve transformed communities and improved millions of lives worldwide.

OUR Approach

We maximize the impact of every dollar we raise by supporting the most effective grassroots activists and organizations.

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OUR Leadership

We’re led by a global team of human rights activists and funders with decades of experience building successful movements for change.

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OUR Financials

We’re committed to being sustainable, transparent, and accountable—especially when it comes to how we use your donations.

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