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Sigrid Rausing Trust

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Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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  • Sigrid Rausing Trust (SRT) is a “UK grant making foundation, founded in 1995 by Sigrid Rausing to support human rights globally. Since then, the Trust has given away approximately £299 million to human rights organisations all over the world.”
  • The Trust states: “Since all political parties or movements, and all governments, have the potential to abuse human rights, we ask that our grantees’ commitment to human rights transcend political loyalties.”
  • SRT supports numerous NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict, some of which engage in anti-Israel delegitimization campaigns and promote a narrow political agenda inconsistent with the stated principles.

Funding

  • In 2016, total income was £20.2 million; total expenses were £20.8 million.
  • SRT’s finances are transparent, with past and current grantees listed clearly and details such as amounts and project duration provided.
  • SRT states that it funds organizations, not projects: “Most of our grants take the form of core grants, or in other words grants that are not ear-marked for specific projects…We believe that organisations are more imaginative and innovative if they are able to follow their own ideas rather than donor-driven projects.” (emphasis added)
  • One of SRT’s “Guiding Principles” is “long-term relationships with grantees.” It is unknown if and how SRT evaluates long-term grantees, and how SRT responds to false claims, bias and political exploitation of human rights by its grantees.

Current Grantees (complete list)

NGO RecipientGrant CategoryAmountDuration
AdalahAdvocacy, Research and Litigation£300,000July 2017-2020
Al MezanAdvocacy, Research and Litigation£240,000March 2015-2018
Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)Advocacy, Research and Litigation£450,000December 2017-2020
Aswat – Palestinian Gay WomenLGBTI Rights£150,000April 2016-2019
Breaking the SilenceAdvocacy, Research and Litigation£270,000January 2017-2020
B'TselemAdvocacy, Research and Litigation£450,000January 2017-2020
Gisha – Legal Center For Freedom Of MovementAdvocacy, Research and Litigation£240,000February 2017-2020
HaMokedAdvocacy, Research and Litigation£420,000April 2016-2019
Physicians For Human Rights - IsraelAdvocacy, Research and Litigation£240,000July 2015-2018
Social TVFree Expression£150,000March 2016-2019
Military Court Watch£15,000January 2018-2019
Mediterranean Women’s FundWomen's Rights£255,000August 2017-2020

 

 

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