what we do
The Open Society Foundations give grants to a diverse array of groups and individuals in more than 100 countries who work in different ways to promote democratic principles, human rights, and justice. We support this work at both national and global levels through advocacy in our own name, as well as through impact investing and legal action.
Where We Work
We are committed to climate justice and addressing the unequal burdens of the climate crisis. We support grassroots action and global efforts to take common action in the face of this common threat.
We view equal treatment for all—regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, or sexual identity—as a fundamental part of healthy democracies. At a global level, we support efforts to redress continuing inequities in global governance and in the global economy that are a legacy of colonial exploitation.
Against the background of the rapidly evolving media environment, we promote robust and independent journalism and we support efforts to strengthen freedom of expression, privacy, and access to information.
Access to justice and the rule of law based in human rights are the bedrock of peaceful, sustainable futures. We support human rights movements and institutions, as well as the reform of judicial and systems, and the promotion of democratic participation at all levels.