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 2017 is $940.7 million and is organized under 7 regions and 10 themes.

2017 Program Budget by Region and Theme

In millions of U.S. dollars


The 2017 budget by programmatic theme includes the budget for each of the ten programmatic themes, plus the cross-thematic budget ($587.0 million). It excludes reserves ($143.8 million), program administration not specific to any particular theme ($59.4 million), foundation administration not specific to any particular theme ($37.1 million) and general administration ($113.4 million). The budget for the ten programmatic themes, plus the cross-thematic budget, includes direct program costs for those themes ($524.7 million), as well as program and foundation administrative costs ($12.5 million) where these have been categorized to a theme.

A detailed overview of the Open Society Foundations 2017 budget is available to download as a PDF.