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 $124 million into the work of 900+ activists and organizations in more than 50 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.