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

About Us

George Soros

Founder / Chair

George Soros launched his philanthropic work in South Africa in 1979. Since then he has given over $32 billion to fund the Open Society Foundations, which work in over 100 countries around the world

Patrick Gaspard


Patrick Gaspard is president of the Open Society Foundations.

Leonard Benardo

Vice President

Leonard Benardo is vice president of the Open Society Foundations.

Mission & Values

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.


The Open Society Foundations, which began in 1979, remain today committed to the global struggle for open society and responding quickly to the challenges and opportunities of the future.


The Open Society Foundations fund a range of programs around the world, from public health to education to business development.

Offices & Foundations

The Open Society Foundations are a family of offices and foundations created by philanthropist George Soros. This directory includes our offices and country and regional foundations located throughout the world.

Expenditures & Budget

Over the last 36 years, the Open Society Foundations have had expenditures of more than $14 billion. Much of this spending has been directed at specific priority issues and regions for the Open Society Foundations.