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What is the Open Society Institute?
A detailed description of the Open Society Institute (OSI) may be found in the Overview section of the website.
What is the Soros foundations network?
A detailed description of the Soros foundations network may be found in the Overview section of the website.
What is an "open society"?
An open society is a society based on the recognition that nobody has a monopoly on the truth, that different people have different views and interests, and that there is a need for institutions to protect the rights of all people to allow them to live together in peace. Broadly speaking, an open society is characterized by a reliance on the rule of law, the existence of a democratically elected government, a diverse and vigorous civil society, and respect for minorities and minority opinions.
The term "open society" was popularized by the philosopher Karl Popper in his 1945 book Open Society and Its Enemies. Popper's work deeply influenced George Soros, the founder of the Open Society Institute, and it is upon the concept of an open society that Soros bases his philanthropic activity.
What kind of work does OSI focus on?
OSI funds a range of programs around the world, from public health to education to business development. Most of the programs are administered by individual OSI initiatives in tandem with Soros foundations in various countries and regions. For more information on the kind of programs funded by OSI, visit the Initiatives section of the website.
In what countries does OSI operate?
OSI and the Soros foundations network are active in more than 50 countries around the world. For more information, visit the Soros foundations section of the website or select a region from the "Where We Work" navigational bar at the top of every page on the website.
Where are OSI’s offices?
OSI's two main offices are in New York City and Budapest. It also has offices elsewhere in the world; visit the OSI Offices section of the website for more information.
How is the Open Society Institute funded?
The Open Society Institute and Soros foundations network are funded by George Soros personally and by philanthropic trusts established by the Soros family.
How can I apply for a grant, fellowship or scholarship?
Information about how to apply for a grant or fellowship from any of the Open Society Institute’s initiatives may be found in the Grants, Scholarships & Fellowships section of the website.
Do OSI and the Soros foundations network form partnerships with other organizations?
Yes. Partnerships and joint ventures with the Open Society Institute are generally formed at the initiative level. For more information, visit the Initiatives section of the website and select an individual initiative.
For information on partnerships with individual Soros foundations, visit the Soros foundations section of the website and select an individual foundation.
Who is George Soros?
George Soros is the founder and chairman of the Open Society Institute and the Soros foundations network. For more information, visit the Bios section of the website.
Is George Soros involved in OSI’s work?
George Soros is not involved in the day-to-day management of the Open Society Institute or Soros foundations network. However, he does play a role in setting broad policy goals in his capacity as chairman of OSI, the network, and other related programs and institutions such as Central European University.
How do I contact George Soros?
We do not provide contact information for George Soros or his investment companies. For more information on how to contact the Open Society Institute, visit the Contact Us section of the website.
What are the annual expenditures of OSI and Soros foundations network?
Total expenditures by OSI and Soros foundations network currently average between $400 million and $500 million a year.
Can I make a donation to OSI?
OSI accepts donations from individuals and organizations in certain circumstances. You may request specific information about donating by contacting OSI directly. For more information, see the Contact Us section of the website.
How is OSI registered with tax authorities?
The Open Society Institute is exempt from United States income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Soros foundations network offices outside of the United States and individual Soros foundations are registered according to the tax laws of the countries where they are based.
In the United States, George Soros has established, and funds separately from OSI, a nonpartisan public policy organization known as the Open Society Policy Center (“OSPC”). OSPC is organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. For more information, visit the Open Society Policy Center’s website.
What is Central European University?
Established by George Soros in Budapest, Hungary in 1991, Central European University (CEU) is an internationally recognized institution of post-graduate education in social sciences and humanities. CEU seeks to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union by promoting a system of education in which ideas are creatively, critically, and comparatively examined.
The Open Society Institute's Budapest office is located within the CEU complex in Budapest. However, OSI and CEU are funded from different sources and are not formally linked with each other.
For more information, visit Central European University's website.
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