Over the last 30 years, the Open Society Foundations had expenditures of more than $10 billion. Much of this spending has been directed at specific priority issues and regions for the Open Society Foundations such as:

  • $1.3 billion on democratic development in the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union;
  • $626 million for public health issues such as HIV and AIDS, TB, palliative care, harm reduction, and patients’ rights;
  • $192 million to fight discrimination and advance the rights of Roma communities in Europe;
  • $2.4 billion to defend human rights, particularly the rights of women, ethnic, racial, and religious minorities, and often marginalized groups such as drug users, sex workers, and LGBTQ communities;
  • $1.9 billion for education projects ranging from preschool to higher education reform;
  • $1.2 billion to promote reform in the United States on issues such as criminal justice, drugs, palliative care, education, immigration, equal rights, and democratic governance.

In 2012, the Open Society Foundations had expenditures of $909 million directed at the following Issues and Regions:


Education and Youth 124,270,530
Governance and Accountability 285,136,500
Health 60,648,421
Media and Information 44,947,883
Rights and Justice 247,909,978
Administration 146,824,688
Total 909,738,000


Africa 115,034,043
Asia 99,713,117
Europe 153,845,717
Latin America and the Caribbean 28,174,538
Middle East 35,327,280
United States 200,409,061
Multi-Country/Regional 130,409,556
Administration 146,824,688
Total 909,738,000

*Multi-Country/Regional activities describes expenditures made by foundations and programs to cover the costs of initiatives that have activities in two or more distinct geographic areas.
*Administration describes expenditures made by foundations and programs to cover the costs of administering our initiatives across the globe.

A breakdown of 2012 Open Society Foundations expenditures across foundations, programs, and various grants can be downloaded here as a PDF.