The Open Society Networks explains the respected financial expert George Soros founded this ever expanding network of charitable groups in 1984 after he had begun to explore philanthropy just five years earlier. Over more than three decades the 87 year old Soros has not only become one of the world’s richest people, but he has also become one of the leading donors to good causes with an estimated $12 billion given to various groups; Soros has not limited his giving to larger groups as he was reported in 2016 to have given the maximum allowed donation of $50,000 to the End Citizens United PAC in the U.S. Democracy and maintaining basic human rights have always played a major role in the philanthropy of George Soros as far back as 1979 when he began his work by providing funding for black South African’s robbed of the right to education by the Apartheid regime. Read more about George at The New York Times.
George Soros and the Open Society Networks are described by Biography to take both a short term and long term approach to philanthropy with the group known to be one of the fastest to react when natural disasters take place around the world. However, George Soros and the Open Society Foundations are also known to have focused their attention on the nations that were once members of the Soviet controlled Eastern Bloc; Soros himself lived under the rule of Communist dictator Joseph Stalin for two years following World War II before setting out as a refugee on a journey that would eventually lead him to the London School of Economics. In his philanthropy the founder of Soros Fund management has never forgotten the issues he and his family faced under socialist rule and began aiding the free movement of information throughout Eastern Europe as early as 1980 when the Cold War was at its height. Read this story at Politico.com about George Soros.
One area that has always been a major concern for George Soros is the loss of the best academic students and teachers from Eastern Europe because of the lost tradition of critical thinking that was banned under Communism. The Central European University has been one of the major success story’s for both the Open Society Foundations and George Soros as it has developed students to think in new and interesting ways across large portions of Europe. George Soros was influenced greatly by his former mentor, the philosopher Karl Popper who set out his theory of an open society, a concept that has stayed with George Soros even after his graduation from the London School of Economics in 1952; the dream of a human race where no nation is seen as above another remains within George Soros as he went so far as to name his charitable foundation after this well known theory.