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Our History

George Soros began his philanthropic career in 1979, when he started by supporting scholarships for black students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and for Eastern European dissidents to study abroad.

    1979

    Starting to Build a More Open World

    1984

    Encouraging Dissent Behind the Iron Curtain

    1986

    Supporting Democracy in China

    1989

    Fostering Open Societies in the Former Soviet Bloc

    1991

    Central European University Opens Its Doors

    1992

    Expanding Access to the Arts

    1993

    Helping Sarajevo Survive

    Taking a Lead on Early Childhood Education

    Funding Research in the Former Soviet Union

    1994

    Nurturing Democracy and Addressing Inequality in Post-Apartheid South Africa

    Seeking a Better Future for Myanmar

    Backing New Thinking on Global Drug Policy

    Bringing End of Life Care out of the Shadows

    1996

    Focusing on Threats to the Open Society in the United States

    1997

    Standing with Europe’s Roma

    Expanding Open Society Work in Africa

    1998

    Mobilizing against Tuberculosis

    1999

    Engagement with the European Union

    2001

    Supporting Democracy in Indonesia

    Countering Discrimination toward Muslims

    2002

    Prosecuting the Most Heinous Crimes

    Promoting Justice and Peace in Israel-Palestine

    2005

    Building a Brighter Future in Pakistan

    2007

    Helping People Living with HIV and TB in Africa

    More than a Decade of Breakthroughs on Disability Rights

    2008

    Accountability in Afghanistan

    2009

    Supporting Development in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone and Liberia

    2010

    Helping Haiti Recover from a Devastating Earthquake

    2011

    Holding Soldiers Accountable for Rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    2013

    Expanding Work in Latin America

    Supporting Justice for One of Central America’s Most Murderous Generals

    Creating Space for Civil Society After the Arab Uprisings

    2014

    Confronting a Legacy of CIA Torture

    2015

    Advocating for the Rohingya

    Celebrating Marriage Equality in the United States

    Helping Refugees and Migrants Fleeing War and Poverty

    2016

    Investing in Economic Power for Social Justice

    2017

    Helping Puerto Rico Rebuild after Hurricane Maria

    Reducing Harm from Drug Use

    Shining a Light on Roma Artists

    2018

    Expanding the Drug Policy Debate through Art

    Moving to Berlin

    2020

    Supporting Higher Education on a Global Scale

    Building Black Power

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