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  1. Open Society Stands with Ukraine. Russia’s war against Ukraine is an assault on democracy. In response, we launched the Ukraine Democracy Fund — so far raising $45 million alongside partners to protect Ukrainian civil society and support those displaced and affected by the conflict.

  2. Open Society Foundations ( OSF ), formerly the Open Society Institute, is a grantmaking network founded and chaired by business magnate George Soros. [2] Open Society Foundations financially supports civil society groups around the world, with a stated aim of advancing justice, education, public health and independent media.

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    George Soros, a hedge-fund billionaire whose net worth is currently estimated at $26 billion, personally sets the budget of the Open Society Foundations and has contributed nearly $12 billion to a wide array of organizations since the late 1970s. In his early life Soros was deeply influenced by philosopher Karl Popper’s concept of the “open society...

    Open Society Foundations became a formal entity in 1993 as a “progressive network” that seeks to advocate Soros’ vision of society, which he describes as a “comprehensive, liberal democracy.” Open Society Foundations launched programs in the United States beginning in 1996. As of 2015, the Open Society Foundations was labeled as one of the world’s ...

    Open Society Foundations is a “network of more than 20 national and regional foundations around the world.” According to Open Society Foundations’ president, the boards of those semi-independent national foundations as well as the larger regional foundations “make their own grant decisions and propose their own strategies.” According to the Open So...

    Financial Overview

    A combined chart detailing total revenues of the Open Society Foundations and Foundation to Promote Open Society between 2000 and 2018 is available below. A combined chart detailing total expenditures of the Open Society Foundations and Foundation to Promote Open Society between 2000 and 2018 is available below.

    Donors to OSF

    Between 2000 and 2018, OSF received $5.4 billion in donations:

    Grants from OSF

    Over the last 35 years, the Open Society Foundations behemoth has given out close to $14 billion. The total Open Society Foundations budget for 2017 is $940.7 million and is organized under 7 regions and 10 themes. In 2017, Open Society Foundations’ $537 million grant-making and direct program costs budget was distributed in the following manner across the world. Similarly Open Society Foundations’ grantmaking and direct program costs budget was distributed across the following themes.

    U.S. Programs Budget

    In 2017, Open Society Foundations plans to spend $100 million on grants and direct program costs for the United States, the largest budget amount for any single region amounting to 18% of the organization’s total grant/program spending. A leaked 2014 Open Society Foundations U.S. Programs budget indicated that the $125 million budget breaks down into five categories: 1. $50.7 million (25% of U.S. Programs budget) for Core/New initiatives that included support for grantees, “social justice lab...

    U.S. Programs Agenda

    An Open Society Foundations 2015-2018 U.S. Programs strategic plan that was taken from the group and leaked indicates that among other things, Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs platform calls for: 1. An economy governed by the “redistribution of resources;” 2. A justice system that reduces incarceration, abolishes the death penalty, and promotes “health centered” drug use punishment; 3. Enactment of comprehensive immigration reform, that gives “full political, economic, and civic partic...

    U.S. Programs Grants

    According to Open Society Foundations president Chris Stone, Open Society Foundations through its grant-making “support groups that try to raise the political stakes, putting pressure on politicians” on progressive agenda items such as environmental regulations and oversight of police. Stone says that Open Society Foundations gives money to groups that “share a commitment to social change based on common values and principles,” namely left-liberalism. The web of liberal organizations funded b...

    Lack of Transparency

    In 2016, the OSF-funded organization Transparify found that Open Society Foundations was the least transparent non-profit among those in the United States which it reviewed. Open Society Foundations earned a global transparency rating of zero stars for non-transparency of the organization’s funding. They were the only group in the United States Transparify reviewed in 2016 to receive such a low grade. Similarly, the website NGO Monitor wrote that Open Society Foundations’ “Funding of NGOs is...

    Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Protests

    Following Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court in October 2018, left-wing activists funded in part by OSF formed a protest outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. At least 50 of the left-wing groups sponsoring the protest had received funding from OSF or the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and included the:

    George Floyd Protests

    On July 13, Open Society Foundations announced that it would be donating $150 million in 5-year grants to several racial justice groups, including Black Voters Matter Fund, Repairers of the Breach, and the Equal Justice Initiative. The group also announced a $70 million donation in local grants towards policing and criminal justice reform, civic engagement, and political training for younger demographics.

    On September 11, 2017, Patrick Gaspard was appointed president of Open Society Foundations, beginning in 2018. Gaspard previously served as a top aide to former President Barack Obamaand as a national Democratic Party official. Christopher Stonewas interim president of Open Society Foundations through 2018. Before his current post, Stone spent most...

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  3. › wiki › Open_societyOpen society - Wikipedia

    t. e. Open society ( French: société ouverte) is a term coined by French philosopher Henri Bergson in 1932, [1] [2] and describes a dynamic system inclined to moral universalism. [3] Bergson contrasted an open society with what he called a closed society, a closed system of law, morality or religion. Bergson suggests that if all traces of ...

  4. Open Society Foundations. The Soros Justice Fellowships support outstanding individuals—including lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, writers, print and broadcast journalists, artists, filmmakers, and other individuals with distinctive voices—to undertake full-time projects that engage and inform, spur debate and conversation, change ...

  5. The Open Society Institute is active in more than 120 countries around the world. Its national and regional foundations and thematic programmes give thousands of grants every year to build inclusive and vibrant democracies. It has awarded over 50,000 grants so far, amounting to over $15.2 billion.

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