Open Society Institute

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 initiatives, and to build alliances across borders and continents.

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

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Recent News from Open Society Institute

Busola Dakolo, Amy Jadesimi, Kiki Mordi, Mercy Chinwo, Apaokagi Maryam—here are Nigeria's ...
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Open Society Institute

From edTech entrepreneur -Titi Adewusi, who is using technology to help primary ... As a social change activist, Abimbola is committed to finding...more

Theatre Bay Area Announces New Board Leadership

... Marketing Operations and Strategy, Levi Strauss Americas; Janice E. Sager, Treasurer; Nonprofit Financial and Business Management...more

What Went Wrong (and Right) with Conservative Philanthropy
Foundation: Open Society Institute, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

Conservatives have well-chronicled the philanthropic role in conservatism's successes. John J. Miller's 2003 Philanthropy Roundtable...more

Philanthropy in the Service of Democracy
Foundation: Open Society Institute, Atlantic Philanthropies

We must overhaul philanthropy to make it better serve democratic ends. ... Unlike the Carnegie-and-Rockefeller era, when enormous...more

Open Society Fellow named among United Way of MD's
Foundation: Open Society Institute

2017 OSI Community Fellow Shantell Roberts was recently named one of the United Way of Central Maryland's “Philanthropic Five” award winners. The awards are given to “five young professional...more

Less funding for youth-led organizations limits social change, Baltimore's Open Society Institute says
Foundation: Open Society Institute

Baltimore's philanthropic community should find ways to support organizations run by people younger than 30, the Open Society Institute's local office said Wednesday. Less than 1 percent of...more

Discrepancy in funding for youth-led organizations limits social change, Baltimore's Open Society ...
Foundation: Open Society Institute

To boost the ability of youth to lead social change in Baltimore, the philanthropic community should find ways to support organizations run by people ... Releasing the report, “Young, Gifted, and...more

Shanaysha Sauls named CEO of Baltimore Community Foundation
Foundation: Open Society Institute, Baltimore Community Foundation

The Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) has named Shanaysha Sauls as its new CEO, replacing outgoing CEO Tom Wilcox, who led BCF since 2000. Sauls previously served as CEO of the Baltimore...more

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During the Global Green Growth Forum in Copenhagen, World Resources Institute (WRI) announced the launch of a process to develop a global standard for measuring food loss and waste.

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