Over the last 33 years, the Open Society Foundations had expenditures of more than $13 billion. Much of this spending has been directed at specific priority issues and regions for the Open Society Foundations such as:

  • $1.6 billion on democratic development in the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union;
  • $737 million for public health issues such as HIV and AIDS, TB, palliative care, harm reduction, and patients’ rights;
  • $214 million to fight discrimination and advance the rights of Roma communities in Europe;
  • $2.9 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;
  • $2.1 billion for education projects ranging from preschool to higher education reform;
  • $1.5 billion to promote reform in the United States on issues such as criminal justice, drugs, palliative care, education, immigration, equal rights, and democratic governance.

The total Open Society Foundations budget for 2016 is $930.7 million and is organized under 13 themes and 7 regions.

2016 Program Budget by Theme and Region

In millions of U.S. dollars


2016 Program Budget includes total budget for each of the 13 themes ($587.7 million), excluding cross-thematic budget ($7.4 million), reserves ($132.1 million), program administration ($62.1 million), foundation administration ($36.4 million) and general administration ($105.0 million). The budget for the 13 themes includes direct program costs for those themes ($524.9 million), as well as personnel costs ($48.0 million) and program and foundation administrative costs ($14.8 million) where these have been categorized to a theme.

A detailed overview of the Open Society Foundations 2016 budget is available to download as a PDF.