The Foundation has a long history as a leading human rights funder, beginning with its very first grant in 1978.
Since then, MacArthur has supported more than 600 organizations that have been fundamental in providing the infrastructure for the human rights movement. Most recently, the program has sought to strengthen human rights protections, advance government accountability, and improve the reach and quality of justice globally.
What We Fund
With the shift in MacArthur’s grantmaking approach from long-term programs and initiatives to several Big Bets and Enduring Commitments, we are concluding the Human Rights program. Going forward, the Foundation is committed to advancing justice through all of its grantmaking strategies.
Final grantmaking under the Human Rights program focuses on time-limited opportunities for important progress in legacy areas. In Africa, we support a range of efforts to advance transitional justice policies and practices at the continental, regional, and local levels in select countries. The Foundation also supports a final set of grants to strengthen the human rights field’s effectiveness in its use of new and emerging technologies. This grantmaking will conclude in 2018.
Grantmaking in Mexico under the Human Rights program will continue through 2019, and will contribute to efforts to safeguard the values of autonomy, impartiality, transparency, accountability, and effectiveness in the creation of the new National Prosecutor’s Office.
The program is not currently accepting unsolicited proposals.
Updated October 2017