What We Do
Human Dignity Foundation makes grants to not-for–profit organisations that have a shared approach to working with children and young people.
Children and young people account for almost half the world’s population and although their rights to survival, development, protection and participation are guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, millions of children experience poverty and abuse. HDF recognises the importance of supporting children and young people and believes that every child and young person has a right to realise and execute their rights. HDF supports organisations working with the most vulnerable children and young people in two thematic areas: child protection and life choices in India, Malawi and South Africa.
While the majority of HDF’s funding is directed at the two thematic areas, we maintain a Discretionary Fund to support initiatives that, while outside the core strategy, are of interest to HDF. HDF only funds the following in very exceptional circumstances:
- an organisation’s core costs – in the presence of a strategic relationship, strong rationale and future viability
- relief work – where the foundation is already supporting long-term development work or where severe humanitarian need is not being met by the usual channels
- academic research – when it is closely linked to programme work, is filling a clear gap and is likely to influence practitioners and other funders