The Foundation has been a member of the Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN) since 2010.
The HRFN is a network of international foundations and is currently composed of more than 800 members representing approximately 300 organizations that provide human rights-related grants around the world and that is committed to advancing human rights around the world through effective philanthropy.
More information on the HRFN: https://www.hrfn.org
The Foundation’s working group:
Human Rights Defenders’ Working Group:
Together with the Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR), the Urgent Action Fund for Women Human Rights (UAF) and the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the Foundation is a co-founding member of the Human Rights Defenders’ working group, established in July 2011 within the HRFN.
The mission of the working group is:
- To provide the space to discuss different political realities and how these affect the work of human rights defenders.
- To be the place for coordination and resource sharing on specific issues and programs related to human rights defenders. Donors and human rights defenders can then have access to mechanisms they had not developed or didn’t know about.
- To develop Guidelines/Principles/Best Practices/Pro-active models for grant makers to maximize the effectiveness of donors in ensuring the safety of activists, as well as guarantee that they are aware of the resources available to them in times of need. Advised by HRDs, the working group prioritizes prevention, protection and funding needs.
- To serve as a platform to leverage interest on human rights defenders issues to funders outside of the human rights circle.
In 2015 the working group re-edited its directory of emergency response mechanisms to assist human rights defenders and NGOs in need of urgent support in the Arab world and elsewhere.