In light of the global trends of closing civic space and rising authoritarianism, funders must chart out new strategies for supporting human rights movements in this challenging environment.

IHRFG's New York 2017 Conference will address the following questions:

  • What are the causes of right-wing populism and nationalism? What tactics do authoritarian regimes use (such as fake news, revisionist histories, and attacks on pluralism), how do these tactics work, and how can they be resisted?
  • How are funders and human rights organizations finding space to maneuver within an increasingly repressive environment? What lessons can be culled from funders, organizations, and movements operating in challenging contexts and how can they be applied to emerging situations? How can funders continue to move resources in the face of increased restrictions (and real or perceived risks)?
  • What practices can funders use to support resilience and security among their grantees (including non-traditional philanthropic models)?
  • How can grantmakers fund movements or groups that are not staffed NGOs or registered organizations? How can funders support transformative leadership?
  • How can funders and human rights organizations break out of their silos? What lessons can be learnt from cross-movement initiatives or collaborations?
  • What tools and strategies do movements use to coordinate advocacy, campaigns, and litigation for human rights? How can funders help expand the constituency for human rights through strategic communications and grassroots organizing?

Registration will open soon. Please check back in the coming weeks.

About IHRFG Conferences

IHRFG’s conferences are an opportunity for participating grantmakers to hear and engage with leading human rights practitioners, policy makers,  and peers on timely human rights issues. These events serve as learning and networking forums that promote the exchange of information and collaboration among grantmakers.

Of, For, and By Grantmakers: Attendance Eligibility

IHRFG’s convening events are only open to IHRFG members, invited speakers, and individuals eligible for membership. Staff whose functions are primarily fundraising at their grantmaking institution are not eligible for participation.

IHRFG membership is open to staff, consultants** and trustees of private foundations, corporate foundations, community giving programs, quasi-governmental giving programs, faith-based giving programs, philanthropic advocacy and support organizations, individual philanthropists with significant giving programs, and public charities (public foundations and community foundations) whose primary activity is grantmaking and who do not relate to other IHRFG members primarily as grant-seekers.

**Philanthropic consultants are eligible to attend IHRFG's events only when sponsored by a grantmaking institution, which must allow you to represent that active foundation/grantmaker affiliation.

A "Safe Space" for Funders: No-Solicitation Policy

Fundraising and solicitation of funding/meetings/consulting clients is absolutely prohibited at IHRFG meetings. Please review our no-solicitation policy for more details.

If you are an invited speaker at this conference, please take a moment to review our non-grantmaker panelist participation policy.

IHRFG Scholarship Fund for Global South Members

IHRFG has established a scholarship fund to encourage participation at our conferences of grantmakers in the Global South and East with limited funds. If you would like to contribute to this fund, you can do so as part of the online registration process for our conferences.

If you have questions, would prefer to contribute to the fund in other ways, or would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact Keith Armstrong,


The conference and institute will be held at New York University's School of Law, hosted by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.


IHRFG did NOT block any hotel rooms for this conference. For those interested, we created a list of suggested accommodations near the conference venue and elsewhere in New York City.