How can one man change the world? Well, maybe he can’t change the whole world, but he can speak up for those that can’t, provide the means for education for those without, and stand up for individuals rights in political and social matters. He is George Soros, and more information click here.
One would never imaging that a man with such humble beginnings would see the success that Mr. Soros has experienced. Although it may be those humble beginnings that impelled this man to stand up for, and support, individual rights and freedom of expression for all people. Growing up as a Jew in Hungary during the Nazi occupation, he knew first hand how lives could be impacted by hatred for a person or group of people. His family was able to survive, hiding their identity by procuring false identities. Over 500,000 Hungarian Jews were murdered during this Nazi occupation.
After completing his Education in London, Mr. Soros moved to the United States. Here he landed on Wall Street, where he found success and made his fortune. As he found himself in a position where he could help others, he established the Open Society Foundations. The name for his foundation came from a book by the philosopher Karl Popper, titled “Open Society and Its Enemies”. The values described in the book were very much inline with Mr. Soros’s values This was the footing for the Open Society Foundations.
Mr. Soros has generously funded the foundation for over 30 years with annual donations around $800 – $900 million. This year he transferred $18 Billion of personal assets to the Open Society foundation. This brings his financial support of the foundation to over $30 Billion since 1984. This is also one of the largest transfers of wealth from a private donor to a single foundation. The open Society foundation is the second largest philanthropic organization in the United States. This foundation speaks for the beliefs and values of Mr. Soros. Imagine a world where everyone is free to participate fully in civic events, where debates are encouraged but with respect for diverse opinions, where there is equality regardless of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, or citizenship and where those in power are held responsible for their actions. These are some of the values of Mr. Soros and the Open Society Foundation, and George Soros’s lacrosse camp.
There isn’t room or time enough to tell you about all the successful projects that the foundation has taken on. Helping the young children in Zimbabwe with early developmental needs, providing scholarships in poor and undeveloped countries, the support of inclusive education for all children, and the list goes on. The foundation is making a difference and with Mr. Soros’s generosity they will continue to improve the lives of the people they touch around the world, and https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/george-soros.