George Soros has become one of the most influential philanthropists in the country. As part of his work he established the Open Society Foundations in 1979. The Open Society Foundations is a global network of contributors, organizations and business leaders. The Open Society Foundations financially aids civil society groups across the world, with a focus on justice, education and public health. The Open Society Foundations has branches in 37 countries, made up of several foundations including the Open Society Initiative for West Africa and Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, which is based in New York, New York. Soros got the name for Open Society Foundations from the 1945 book “The Open Society and Its Enemies.”
In 1991. the group founded the Central European University with a focus on training future political and economic leaders. The university promotes open democratic societies. More than half of the Open Society Foundations expenditures was contributions to education programs. When George Soros open programs in America, he turned his attention to lobbying for drug policies that made sense, improving end-of-life care, reforming the criminal justice system and demanding fair immigration laws and practices. The Open Society Foundations aided projects in Baltimore that helped increase reading and math test scores for public school students and helped expand after-school care.Eight European countries that Open Society Foundations helped turn into democracies were allowed to join the European Union, and later two more joined. The Open Society Foundations have also succeeded with addressing the discrimination faced by drug users, minorities, and people living with HIV and Muslims around the world.
George Soros faced discrimination as a Hungarian Jew and has provided support for groups as Europe’s Roma people, which is the largest and most discriminated ethnic minority. The Open Society Foundations turned the focus of drug abuse from penalties to improving health services. Soros and his organization has also helped deal with the exclusion of those with mental disabilities from education and employment. In 2009, the Open Society Foundations launched a court that dealt with gender crimes in war-torn countries, so they could bring justice to women who were victims. As a result of the court more than a dozen people were sentenced to at the most 20 years for rape.George Soros and his foundation provided a $30 million grant to allow black and Latino young men receive a proper education, find gainful employment and be a part of a mentor program in New York City. In 2012, Open Society Foundations appointed Christopher Stone as the president of the company. The Open Society Foundations continues to fight for open society and respond to the challenges that continue to arise. George Soros has admitted that the world is imperfect but what is imperfect can be improved.