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 World Is Getting More Dangerous. What Are Peace and Security Funders Trying to Do About ...
Foundation: Carnegie Corporation of New York, MacArthur Foundation, Open Society Foundations

At Inside Philanthropy, we've reported on a number of cases where foundations have had an important impact on peace and security issues—most notably, by supporting the informal, so-called Track II...more

Soros's Open Society Foundation considers shutting in Hungary
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

George Soros's Open Society Foundations are considering shutting down their office in Budapest if Hungary passes a so-called Stop Soros law restricting activities of ... Funding for recipients of OSF...more

Future of Soros's Open Society Foundations in Hungary under review
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

OSF is reviewing options for the future of its Budapest HQ — which also serves as a regional hub in central Europe — amid mounting hostility stoked by the government towards the Hungarian-born...more

“I, Too, Was a Rohingya." Soros Steps Up in a Humanitarian Crisis. Will Other Funders Follow?
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

But regional experts who spoke with Inside Philanthropy were clear that much more must be done by many actors, including funders, to defuse the crisis. “Time is of the essence. International donors...more

George Soros may invest more in fighting Big Tech
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

Billionaire investor George Soros launched a brutal attack on big online platform companies at this year's World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Now, his influential organization is "certainly...more

ACLU Educates Students on Civil Rights in Preparation for National Gun Protests
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

On June 26, 2015, history was made when the U.S. Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land. There were many forces at work in this historic change: tenacious leaders and litigators,...more

Donor Organizing: A Funder's Commitment to Next Generation Progressive Philanthropists
Foundation: Surdna Foundation , Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations

In this kind of environment, it makes sense to see a social justice stalwart like the Surdna Foundation roll out a new set of grants with an eye on the long-term future of progressive movement...more

Donor Organizing: A Funder's Commitment to NextGen Progressive Philanthropists
Foundation: Surdna Foundation , Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations

Over a year into Donald Trump's presidency, it can be tempting to see recent progressive philanthropy as a whole lot of rapid response. From standing up for immigrants to safeguarding the...more

New Venture Fund Aims to Rapidly Scale Ethical Supply Chain Technologies
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

The fund is supported by a wide variety of initial investors, from the British Government; philanthropic institutions such as the C&A Foundation and Open Society Foundations; and companies...more

RFP for $75000 Grant from Open Society Foundations
Foundation: Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations U.S. Drug Programs Drug Policy Project will provide $75,000 to support healthy alternatives to mass criminalization and incarceration by strengthening proactive...more

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