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Our Approach

The Fund for Global Human Rights believes that the people whose rights are denied belong at the forefront of the push for change.

We Identify

We find grassroots activists and organizations with bold solutions to big problems.

  • We specialize in identifying early-stage groups in remote areas where activists lack access to funding.
  • Our staff, who come from and live in the regions where they work, give us unique insight into local human rights movements.

We Invest

We raise money to fund the most effective and innovative human rights defenders we find.

  • We deliver grants to activists and organizations working in difficult or dangerous regions that other funders can’t reach.
  • Beyond grantmaking, we provide tools, training, emergency support, and a global network of committed allies.

We Trust

We give activists the support and solidarity they need to turn their own ideas into action.

  • We offer flexible funding with no strings attached because activists know best how to use their resources.
  • By taking smart risks on new and nontraditional activists, our approach to philanthropy is bolder and more inclusive.

We Transform

We build powerful movements for change that have improved millions of lives worldwide.

  • The activists and organizations we fund overturn unjust laws, push for progressive policies, and challenge entrenched systems of oppression.
  • Together, we’ve transformed communities across the globe by protecting and promoting their human rights.

Learning and Assessment

Learning and assessment (L&A) are at the heart of our support for human rights activism. Our global L&A team ensures that the Fund’s core values—respect, integrity, agility, sustainability, and inclusivity—inform and guide our decisions as we work to meet the needs of the Fund staff and grantees. Key aspects of our approach to learning and assessment include:

  • Diverse practices
    We draw on a range of L&A practices—including surveys, peer learning groups, and more—to design, adapt, and assess the impact of our programmatic work.
  • Decentralized structure
    To respect the experience of frontline activists, we work with Fund grantees to identify outcomes and indicators relevant to their contexts.
  • Grantmaker strategies
    In some instances, program strategies include funding and strategic support for grantee-led learning agendas or research to generate activist-informed knowledge.
  • Sharing knowledge
    We create space for Fund grantees to share experiences with each other. We also strive to share our learning with peers in the human rights movement.

Our Impact


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