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The Open Society Foundations' goal is to ensure global human rights, to the dismay of many totalitarian governments. In 2015, Open Society was banned from Russia for encouraging dissent amongst independent groups who are skeptical about their government. To fraternize with these banned “undesirables” risks a maximum six-year prison penalty in a country where those who loudly oppose leadership are killed or disappeared. Many human rights and pro-democracy groups have inherited undesirable status, including Open Society, despite their support of Russia’s advancements. Preventing these groups from doing their work puts desperate, everyday Russian citizens in the balance.
Safety For Survivors
Despite the billions of dollars Open Society spends towards building a more tolerant society, its beginnings could not have been more humble. The organization’s founder, George Soros, fled his Hungarian homeland from Nazi occupation, so helping refugees seek asylum is one of the tenets of his mission. After success as a hedge fund manager, Soros decided to use his platform and wealth for a different, humanitarian forum. Some of his first acts of philanthropy were providing education for South Africa’s Black students and creating programs for Eastern European dissidents to study abroad. Soros has most recently been very outspoken about Syria’s current immigration crisis, and is working towards safety for the survivors.
Open Society Youth Fellowship
In addition to building democracies, Open Society is also dedicated to the youth, and in 2015, established a Youth Fellowship giving young activists and allies from around the world access to the tools to create a brighter future for the global community. Young people under 30 who are involved in social justice, advocating for issues like rights for LGBTQ, women and the disabled, and in turn, raising awareness of these issues through various forms of media will be rewarded. Those awarded fellowships will be offered a stipend and travel costs, in addition to support for projects that will be completed and amplified to a broad audience.