The Open Society Foundations was originally founded by George Soros in the mid-1980s in response to the continued problems facing those individuals and groups looking for a better understanding of the democratic process in Communist Eastern Europe. The first steps into philanthropy taken by George Soros included providing copier equipment for resistance groups living in Eastern Bloc countries durin the Cold War; following the collapse of the Soviet Union, George Soros and the Open Society Foundations switched their attention to area of Africa, Asia, and North America where the human rights of individuals were seen to be under threat. The inclusion of the U.S. may seem like a difficult area of the world to imagine human rights are being threatened, but voter registration laws and a growing number of incidents across the nation leading to law enforcement officers shooting unarmed African American males led to the development of financial links between George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and a number of African American backed civil rights groups.
In 2014, the Open Society Foundations became a major force in the lives of African American groups when the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri brought the links between George Soros and the “#BlackLivesMatter” movement into focus. Through the Open Society Foundations, a number of the most prominent community organizers in the U.S. have become well-known supporters of the movement and have been funded by the Open Society Foundations that has received an estimated $13 billion in financial support from George Soros. The Washington Times reports George Soros and the Open Society Foundations provided an estimated $33 million in funding for the work of a diverse group of organizations that came together to publicize the issue of the shooting of Michael Brown to the people of the U.S. through major news media in the Summer and Fall of 2014. Learn more on Discover the Networks about George Soros.
In recent years George Soros has once again become an active political and philanthropic individual offering his support to those he believes offer the best opportunity of advancing a liberal agenda with policies Soros believes reflect his own political opinions. The hedge fund manager who established the Soros Fund Management brand has been at the forefront of many political campaigns in the 21st century, beginning with the 2004 Presidential campaign of Democrat John Kerry, according to Politico. Soros took a step back from political giving during the 2008 and 2012 election cycles but returned to the Democratic party in 2016 to back Hillary Clinton’s campaign for The White House with donations totaling around $24 million to the campaign of the former First Lady and the groups supporting her. Events in the U.S., such as the Ferguson protests appear to have raised fears in George Soros of a rising right wing element in the nation he looks to battle through his political and philanthropic giving. Know more on businessinsider.com about George Soros.