The Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. We approach this mission through the illuminating principles of justice, equity, and expression—defining characteristics of any truly open society.
George Soros, the founder of the Open Society Foundations, began his philanthropic work in 1979, funding scholarships for Black African university students in South Africa and for East European dissidents to study in the West. Today, his Foundations fund groups and projects in more than 120 countries.
The Open Society Foundations champion the search for bold, democratic solutions to our urgent, common challenges that advance justice, equity, and human dignity.
We do this by supporting a wide array of independent voices and organizations around the world that provide a creative and dynamic link between the governing and the governed.
Our approach seeks to counter the narrow pursuit of political self-interest and short-term opportunism—in pursuit of a sustainable future for people and planet that leaves no one behind.
The Open Society Foundations’ staff are based in offices across our six regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and the United States.
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors helps guide our staff, partners, and grantees as they work throughout the world to promote justice, equity, and expression.