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

The boards of America's most powerful foundations are dominated by wealthy, white men
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

... give credence to the charge that major philanthropic institutions are insular, ... Rebecca Koenig, staff writer for 'The Chronicle of...more

Caroline Anstey Named COO of the Open Society Foundations
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

News type. Appointments & Transitions. Funding Area. Philanthropic & Nonprofit Sectors · PhilanthroPOST logo. Recent News. Mark Zezza...more

Rajiv Shah on Rockefeller Foundation priorities, multilateralism and philanthropy
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Open Society Foundations

Amid a mood of global distrust toward institutions, philanthropic foundations must prioritize winning public confidence, including by partnering...more

Sick of Online Hate? So Is This Billionaire Philanthropist
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

If you haven't visited Pierre Omidyar's Twitter feed lately, take a look. The founder of eBay and veteran philanthropist has been posting multiple times...more

New Hungarian Law to Require NGOs to Disclose Foreign Funding Sources
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

Lawmakers from Hungary's governing Fidesz party likely will submit new legislation regulating nongovernmental organizations in the next two...more

The Critical Country: Foundations and the Struggle for Nigeria
Foundation: Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Open Society Foundations

American foundations have sought to improve life in Nigeria—Africa's most populous country—for at least half a century, with the Ford Foundation...more

Yemen: Another Humanitarian Crisis That Poses a Test for Philanthropy
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

Funders may feel that the scale of suffering is such that philanthropic dollars can't make a decisive difference and that emergency relief is a job...more

George Soros' Philanthropy Has Deep Personal Roots
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

Soros' philanthropic efforts began in 1979 and focused on supporting black South Africans under the apartheid regime. His subsequent efforts...more

Rockefeller Foundations Enlist Journalism in 'Moral' Crusade Against ExxonMobil
Foundation: Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rockefeller Family Fund , Rockefeller Foundation, Open Society Foundations

“It became increasingly uncomfortable to be fighting global warming on the one hand [through charitable grants] and then investing in businesses...more

Foundations Form Research Sharing Group
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, Johnson Foundation , Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Laura and John Arnold Foundation

Eight grant-making foundations on Thursday announced the formation of the Open Research Funders Group, an effort to promote sharing of...more

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