Bulgarian Helsinki Committee is grateful for the financial support to the following institutions:

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European Union

The European Union (EU) funds various BHC projects in the spheres of criminal justice, equality and protection from gender-based violence, predominantly through its Justice Programme and Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme. Alongside with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the EU is one of BHC’s largest public donors.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is the UN agency that coordinates the global response for international protection of refugees and asylum seekers. The UNHCR has supported the activities of the BHC Programme for Legal Protection of Refugees and Migrants since 1994.

Active Citizens Fund of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (2014-2021)

Active Citizens Fund is a mechanism for support of civil society initiatives funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area. Emphasis is given to building the capacity of the civil society sector to promote inclusion, democracy and active participation. The support is provided by the donor-states Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The Fund provides support to BHC activities in the sphere of prison reform.

Open Society Foundations

BHC has received institutional support from the Open Society Foundations since 1997. The Open Society Foundations are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. Today, the Foundations fund groups and projects in more than 120 countries worldwide.

Oak Foundation

The Oak Foundation is one of the largest private international foundations based in Geneva. It supports civil society as a pillar of democracy and justice. The foundation works in the spheres of environment, prevention of child sexual abuse, housing and homelessness, human rights, issues affecting women and learning differences. The Foundation has provided core support to the BHC since 2009.


UNICEF is the UN Children’s Fund, which works in 190 countries and territories to protect children’s rights. Since 2018, UNICEF has supported the activities of the BHC in the sphere of unaccompanied migrant-children.

Past Donors (2020-2016)

National Endowment for Democracy; Leon Levy Foundation; Robert Carr Foundation; European Council on Refugees and Migrants; Open Society Institute Sofia Foundation; European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights; European Refugee Fund; Mental Disability Advocacy Centre – Budapest