George Soros’ Long History of Donating to Human Rights Causes
When George Soros was a child, his Hungarian-Jewish father determined that the safest way to preserve his family in the Holocaust was to split them up and spread his children as widely as possible. This early experience with migration seems to have been foundational for the philanthropist who has long supported an open border, global society agenda.
For decades, Soros has understood the precarious position of both legal and undocumented immigrants in the United States. As an immigrant himself, he saw clearly the abuse, oppression, and human rights violations that occurred, and from its earliest days Soros’ foundations supported those agencies who sought to alleviate these pressures on immigrants. George Soros established the Open Society Foundation.
Soros’ flagship foundation, the Open Society Institute, opened in 1993, and in the years from 1999 to 2008. Soros’ foundations donated over $11 million to the ACLU and Human Rights Watch (HRW) to support their efforts to create awareness about systematic racism and human rights violations in the United States.
George Soros didn’t stop with donations during that time period, however. He has continued to fight for minority and immigrant rights in voting laws, as well. In 2013 he donated $1 million to the NAACP to assist with litigation in protection of the Voting Rights Act when Republican legislators sought to implement a variety of voter ID laws to disenfranchise voters. In 2015, he similarly contributed to litigation efforts to fight a new wave of voter ID laws and spoke in support of refugees seeking support across Europe. Visit projectsyndicate.com to know more about George.
Soros’ philanthropic experience has been decades in the making, and his commitment to human rights and the protection of minorities and immigrants has been clearly demonstrated. He has a long history of using his significant wealth to benefit those in need, and he will likely continue to shape the world towards the global society he dreams of.