Open Society Institute

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The Open Society Institute is a George Soros project that works to build "vibrant and tolerant democracies" by trying to shape public policies.

On a local level, OSI tries advance justice, education, public health, and independent media while also building alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.

Key people

Connecting "progressives"

On November 29, 2006 Open Society Institute held a roundtable discussion entitled "How Do Progressives Connect Ideas to Action?"

Individuals and organizations with similarly progressive goals often dilute their power by working alone or even working at cross-purposes. As Americans who are politically left of center move forward, questions of infrastructure, communication, and collaboration are particularly important.

Participants included several key leaders of the "progressive" movement:[1]

Initiatives

Along with the rest of the Soros Foundations Network members, the following are initiatives for the OSI:

Grants distributed

Funding Sojourners

On July 17, 2010, blogger Marvin Olasky wrote that on October 22, 2004, George Soros's Open Society Institute had given Jim Wallis's Sojourners group a grant of $200,000 for the purpose of "Supporting the Messaging and Mobilization Project: Engaging Christians on the Importance of Civic Involvement".[3] Since then Sojourners has received at least two more grants from Soros organizations.[4] These include $25,000 in 2006 for the purpose of "helping to determine a new name and visuals for the merger of Sojourners and Call to Renewal",[5] and $100,000 in 2007 "to support the Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform campaign".[6]

Unions

Grant recipient Purpose Amount Year Term
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Inc. General support $250,000 2004 1-year
Reproductive Freedom Project $100,000 2004 1-year
Second year of the Aryeh Neier fellowship prog. $75,000 2004 1-year
Union of Concerned Scientists, Inc. Scientific Integrity Program $400,000 2006 2-year
Consumers Union of United States, Inc. Democratic Pluralism in Media project $150,000 2004 1-year
Grassroots organizations and media $200,000 2005 2-year
New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation Protecting Protest project $150,000 2004 1-year
Completion of the Protecting Protest project $48,000 2005 1-year
Union for Reform Judaism Religious Action Center's Deborah Campaign $35,000 2006 1-year
Religious Action Center's Deborah Campaign $75,000 2005 1-year
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Maryland, Inc. Fundraising and management capacity $29,500 2004 1-year
Public school reform through advocacy, monitoring and public information activities $130,000 2006 2-year
Advocacy, litigation, public education and mobilization activities to secure adequate funding for public education in Maryland and effective reform in the Baltimore City Public School System $100,000 2004 2-year
Union Memorial Hospital Improve health and drug addiction treatment outcomes for heroin addicted patients transitioning from Baltimore hospitals to the community $50,100 2004 28-month
Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation Teaching and special projects exclusively to alumni of the Edmund S. Muskie/FREEDOM Support Act Graduate Fellowship Program in the 15 countries of the former Soviet Union $306,643 2004 1-year

To individuals

Grant recipient location Purpose Amount Year Term
Yaounde, Cameroon Attend the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Conference and the Treatment Action Group's Community Workshop in Paris, October 30th to November 6th, 2006 $2,199 2006 1- month
Astana, Kazakhstan Professional development of junior faculty from former Soviet Union countries $15,000 2006 4-month
Telavi, Georgia Professional development of junior faculty from former Soviet Union countries $15,000 2006 4-month
Jalalabat, Kyrgyzstan Professional development of junior faculty from former Soviet Union countries $15,000 2006 4-month
Telavi, Georgia Professional development of junior faculty from former Soviet Union countries $15,000 2006 5-month
Astana, Kazakhstan Professional development of junior faculty from former Soviet Union countries $15,000 2006 4-month
Tbilisi, Georgia Professional development of junior faculty from former Soviet Union countries $15,000 2004 10-month[7]

In 2006 for a 15-month term, the Open Society Institute awarded a $100,000 grant to the SEIU Support and Education Fund to support the Since Sliced Bread project.

Open Society Fellowship

The following have been fellows of the Open Society Fellowship of the Open Society Institute:[8]

External links

References