THE OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS WORK TO BUILD VIBRANT AND INCLUSIVE DEMOCRACIES WHOSE GOVERNMENTS ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO THEIR CITIZENS.
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HOW WE WORK
Every year, the Open Society Foundations give thousands of grants to groups and individuals who promote our values—through a unique network that is guided by local voices and global expertise. 
$16.8B
TOTAL EXPENDITURES
Over the past three decades, our giving has focused on supporting people who are trying to make their communities fairer, freer, and more harmonious.
$1.2B
2020 BUDGET
Our decentralized and bottom-up approach allows us to focus on long-term strategies while also remaining nimble and flexible enough to respond to sudden crises.
50,000+
TOTAL GRANTS AWARDED
Our grants—ranging from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands of dollars—are awarded to organizations, scholars, and activists in over 120 countries.
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WHAT WE DO
The Open Society Foundations are active in more than 120 countries around the world. Our national and regional foundations and thematic programs give thousands of grants every year toward building inclusive and vibrant democracies.
Democratic Practice
Early Childhood and Education
Economic Equity and Justice
Equality and Antidiscrimination
Health and Rights
Higher Education
Human Rights Movements and Institutions
Information and Digital Rights
Journalism
Justice Reform and the Rule of Law
Where We Work
Africa
Asia Pacific
Eurasia
Europe
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and North Africa
United States
GEORGE SOROS
George Soros is the founder and chair of the Open Society Foundations. He has given away more than $32 billion of his personal fortune to fund the Open Society Foundations’ work around the world.
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VOICES
Read the latest from our staff, grantees, and partners about how we’re working around the world to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.
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HOW WE FUND
Every year the Open Society Foundations give thousands of grants to groups and individuals that work on the issues we focus on—promoting tolerance, transparency, and open debate.
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