Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations was established in 1979 by George Soros to help countries make the transition from communism.

The mission of the foundation is to work to build vibrant and tolerant society whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of the people. They seek to strengthen the rule of law, to shape public policies, to implement innitiatives, and to build alliances across borders and continents.

Working in various parts of the worl, the foundation places high priority on protecting and improving lives of people in marginalized communities.

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Recent News from Open Society Foundations

Into Battle: The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Steps Up Its Advocacy Giving
Foundation: Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Open Society Foundations

Chan and Zuckerberg clearly understand that, in part, effective philanthropy is a game of follow the leader: Donors who publicize their giving are...more

What Just Happened at the Open Society Foundations? And What Comes Next?
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

... for a different kind of person than Stone to lead his philanthropic operation. .... This is hardly a unique situation—which is why, as I said,...more

Philanthropy vs. Tyranny: Inside the Open Society Foundations' Biggest Battle Yet
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations is bigger than you think. In fact, it may be the largest philanthropic organization ever built, with branches in...more

In Defense of Perpetuity
Foundation: Ford Foundation, Johnson Foundation , Rockefeller Foundation, Open Society Foundations

The best way to avoid “philanthropic decay,” Parker argued, is “spending down all of your philanthropic assets during your own lifetime.” But in...more

Public Interest Journalism Needs DGR Status to Attract Philanthropic Support
Foundation: Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Knight Foundation, Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Open Society Foundations

World-wide concern around “fake news” and significant editorial jobs losses in Australia have brought into focus the role philanthropy might play in...more

Pierre Omidyar and George Soros foundations give $500000 to UK fact-checking organisation
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations was founded by George Soros and describes itself as the largest philanthropic funder of human rights in the...more

The Human Side of Digital Security and Philanthropy
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

Editor's Note: The Council's legal team regularly receives questions regarding the data security of foundation operations and donor and...more

$1.3 Million in Grants from Omidyar Network, Open Society Foundations Will Expand Poynter's ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Open Society Foundations

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism, is receiving $1.3 million in new...more

Program Administrative Specialist - Fixed Term, Asia Pacific Regional Office
Foundation: Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, Open Society Foundations

Please note, this is a 1 year Fixed Term roleThe Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO) of the Open Society Foundations aims to bolster and...more

Judicial Watch Sues State Department, USAID for Documents on Funding to Soros' Foreign ...
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

The requests sought records related to contracts, grants, and any other funding that the State Department and USAID awarded to the Foundation...more

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