George Soros is world known philanthropist whose works and generosity has touched many souls and organizations in general. Soros was born in 1930 in Hungary. As a boy,he experienced the hard times during Nazi-occupation between 1944 -1945 whereby about 500,000 Jews were murdered in Hungary. It was a very difficult moment for Soros and his family to the point that they had to forge identification papers to hide their true identity to survive Hitler’s regime. It was an experience he would address in his later years as captured in Open Society Foundation platform. He would note that his family resisted a force that was much stronger than them and managed to help others do the same.
He would later leave for London in 1947 to study in London School of Economics. Forbes reports that he had a rough time during his college years since he had to take two part-time jobs as a waiter and as a railway porter to finance his studies. In 1957, we went to United Stated where he started his investment journey in finance investments. He created the Soros Fund Management in 1970. It was from his personal gains that Soros founded the renowned Open Society Foundations. This is a very robust network of projects, partners and foundations represented in at least 120 countries as captured in NY Times.
Soros based the fundamental approach of the foundation on the works of Karl Popper, a philosophy who argued in his book,’ Open Society and his Enemies,’ that such societies can only grow if they encourage;
Democratic governance of the populace
Freedom of expression for all people
Due respect for human rights for all people
It is the above core principles that the Open Society Foundations’ works are anchored. This explains why many humanitarian efforts around the world are backed by Open Society and George Soros’s lacrosse camp.
The role of the foundation on promoting democratic governance has been key and with changing effects politically. In fact, he supported an exchange program for Hungary scholars to visit the western world in a bid to forge exchange of ideologies in 1980s. He also supported scholars in South Africa right after Apartheid via offering scholarships in 1979 hence leading to massive improvements politically socially.
The Open Society Foundation has played an instrumental role in giving voices to the marginalized in the society such as groups that represent Europe’s Romanies People. It has also supported the LGBT movement whose sexual orientation has seen the society isolate and reject them. The society hence gives such people a platform in which they can express themselves. This helps in pushing for their rights in the society in returnand Follow him Twitter.com.
As reported by NY Times, George Soros made a very generous contribution of $18 billion of his personal fortune in 2017 to the Open Society Foundation. The Foundation confirmed the amount was meant to finance the future endeavors in fighting fascism and authoritarianism in different parts of the world. This amount was an addition to George Soros contribution to the Foundation since 1984.