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The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.

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How we work

Every year, the Open Society Foundations give thousands of grants to groups and individuals who promote our values—through a unique network that is guided by local voices and global expertise. 

$15.2B Total expenditures

Over the past three decades, our giving has focused on supporting people who are trying to make their communities fairer, freer, and more harmonious.

$1.1B 2019 budget

Our decentralized and bottom-up approach allows us to focus on long-term strategies while also remaining nimble and flexible enough to respond to sudden crises.

50,000+ Total Grants Awarded

Our grants—ranging from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands of dollars—are awarded to organizations, scholars, and activists in over 120 countries.

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What we do

The Open Society Foundations are active in more than 120 countries around the world. Our national and regional foundations and thematic programs give thousands of grants every year toward building inclusive and vibrant democracies.


Where We Work

  1. Africa
  2. Asia Pacific
  3. Eurasia
  4. Europe
  5. Latin America and the Caribbean
  6. Middle East and North Africa
  7. United States
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George Soros

George Soros

George Soros is the founder and chair of the Open Society Foundations. He has given away more than $32 billion of his personal fortune to fund the Open Society Foundations’ work around the world.

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