Human rights
Existing collaboration

Aims and activities

Aims and questions

Ariadne is a network for funders set up and run by funders. It is a private community that connects European donors and foundation staff working to support social change, human dignity, human rights and justice.

What connects the diverse membership of Ariadne is our efforts to create societies that are inclusive, just and offer opportunities to all. This includes work across a broad range of issues, including migration and integration, disability and inclusion, children’s rights, empowering young people, LGBTI rights, labour rights, tolerance and diversity, gender and women’s empowerment, civil and political rights, good governance, environmental justice and many other topics.

It was set up by a number of European funders because they felt that peer support could strengthen philanthropy, help funders to work more strategically, and encourage new donors to enter the field with maximum impact.

Information about the range of activities and resources that Ariadne provides to help funders is available here.

How to get involved

Ariadne is open to grant-makers and donors who meet its membership critieria. Further information about Ariadne membership can be found here.

All Ariadne members are asked to make an annual voluntary contribution towards the network at a level they choose.

Ariadne UK is currently the largest of the Ariadne satellites, with than 150 members from a diverse range of organisations, who are all united by their interest in social change and human rights.

Its members use Ariadne in a variety of ways, to convene events, to get issues they think are important in front of their colleagues, to expand their networks, to improve their skills and to support new members entering this field for the first time.

For more information about Ariadne UK, please contact Julie Broome.

Who's involved

Learning and Resources

A selection of publicly available resources relating to Ariadne's fields of interest can be found here.

Further resources are available to Ariadne members via an online portal.

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