Also see the similarly named Open Society Foundations (nonprofit)
The Foundation to Promote Open Society (FPOS) is one of two major grantmaking foundations funded by liberal financier and billionaire George Soros. It is closely affiliated with the Open Society Foundations (OSF; formerly Open Society Institute).
FPOS was founded in 2008 with a $1 million endowment from OSF, which endowed the foundation with an additional $1 billion in 2009. It has also received substantial funding from various organizations in the Soros Network, including hundreds of millions of dollars from George Soros himself. 
While OSF remains the primary foundation in the Soros Network, FPOS has become Soros’s primary grantmaking foundation. In 2018 alone, FPOS paid out nearly $491 million in grants to other nonprofits.  Altogether, from 2008 to 2018 FPOS has granted $3.8 billion to other nonprofits, particularly left-of-center and far-left advocacy and activist groups. 
The Foundation to Promote Open Society and Open Society Foundations have their origins in the early philanthropy of Holocaust survivor and hedge fund investor George Soros, who in 1979 paid for scholarships for Black South African students denied opportunities by the racist apartheid policies of the nation’s White-dominated government. Soros also funded students from the Communist Bloc to study in the West. He opened his first foundation in Hungary in 1984 to expand access to information behind the Iron Curtain and expanded Eastern Europe and Russian-focused operations throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He also operated a foundation in China and engaged in post-apartheid work in South Africa.
The Foundations began significant operations in the U.S. in the 1990s, focusing on liberalizing drug policy, liberalizing and expanding immigration, ending the death penalty, and easing incarceration policies. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Foundation focused on alleged discrimination against Muslims and backed legal recognition of same-sex marriage. As of February 2020, 20 percent of the Foundations’ money is spent on U.S. operations.
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The Foundation to Promote Open Society is the Open Society Network’s grantmaking arm. It funds several categories of left-progressive advocacy and research: They are democratic practice, health and rights, early childhood and education, higher education, equality and anti-discrimination, and human rights movements and institutions.
Internationally, the Foundation’s work is often used to oppose dictatorships and to support human rights, though much of its work in Europe is focused on left-leaning political objectives. In the U.S., the Foundation normally promotes left-leaning policy and cultural positions about sexuality, abortion, immigration, climate change, and gun control. Fellowships are a significant part of the Foundation’s support work.
The Foundation to Promote Open Society and other Soros Network nonprofits fund broad-spectrum left-progressive advocacy with a focus on internationalism (including liberal expansionist immigration policy) and social liberalism.
Foundation to Promote Open Society has given millions of dollars to support legalized abortion and expanded access to and public funding of abortion in the U.S. and elsewhere. The group heavily funded a successful effort to repeal some of Ireland’s pro-life laws as part of a larger Europe-wide goal to increase access to abortion. Amnesty International’s Irish chapter was one of two pro-abortion groups ordered to return money from the Open Society Network because the dollars were illegally received.
The Foundation opposes the Mexico City Policy, which does not allow U.S. tax dollars to be provided to groups which provide or promote abortion internationally. It funds abortion advocacy groups like the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Sex Work Advocacy
The Foundation promotes legalized prostitution. The Foundation takes the position that prostitution should be legal and that laws which reduce online prostitution promotion and make prostitution illegal create unsafe work environments for prostitutes. 
Catholic groups and the Church itself have been targeted by the Foundation in the U.S. and elsewhere. Abortion advocacy in Ireland has been alleged to have been the first step to undermine abortion restrictions in historically Catholic European nations. In the U.S., the Foundation funded left-of-center groups which oppose the Church’s teachings on various matters of morality and faith. The group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good received hundreds of thousands from the Foundation. The Alliance was founded by former Center for American Progress president and 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta to undermine the Catholic Church’s social teachings against abortion and contraception.
The Foundation was an early promoter and funder of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples inside the United States and the Open Society Network continues to push the campaign internationally.
In January 2020, Foundation to Promote Open Society’s chief donor George Soros vowed to dedicate $1 billion to build a university through Foundation grantees which would fight authoritarianism and climate change. The Foundation urged the European Union to take action on climate change through environmental regulations, tax increases, and higher spending on environmentalist-friendly infrastructure. Its climate change alarmism focuses on preventative policies and changes as well as creating alliances in nations like Senegal which climate alarmists say are being affected by climate change.
The Foundation’s U.S. policy arm spent approximately nine million dollars pushing for gun control policies in the first nine months of 2019. The Foundation has backed gun control groups like the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Board of Directors
- George Soros: Chairman
- Jonathan Soros (son of George Soros): Vice Chairman
- Alexander Soros (son of George Soros)
- Andrea Soros Colombel (daughter of George Soros)
- Patrick Gaspard (OSF President)
- Maija Arbolino: Board Treasurer
- Gail Aidinoff Scovell: Board Secretary
FPOS is a private grantmaking foundation. In 2018, it reported total revenues of $1.3 billion, total expenditures of $498 million, and total assets of $10.8 billion. It made $499 million in grants to other organizations in 2018. 
In 2018, FPOS gave grants to the following groups and their projects:
New Venture Fund
- $75,000 – to support Demand Progress Education Fund.
- $125,000 – to create network of Ohio-based artists and influencers for helping those affected by the opioid crisis and the criminal justice system.
- $250,000 – to support Next Century Cities.
- $400,000 – to support Coworker.org.
- $100,000 – to support civil legal aid for immigrants and asylum seekers.
- $24,500 – to support convening faith-based groups in Columbus, Ohio to discuss policy on the overdose epidemic.
- $300,000 – to support Media Democracy Fund.
- $60,000 – to research how banks can mitigate de-risking of civil society.
- $375,000 – to support the Social and Economic Justice Leaders Planning Group.
- $150,000 – to support organizations pushing for state-level redistricting.
- $200,000 – to ensure policies for accurate 2020 Census.
- $124,995 – to support the AgroEcology Fund.
- $500,000 – to start a resource hub to support local police reform.
Contributions Approved for Future Payment: (Total: $1,490,000)
- $375,000 – To support the Social and Economic Justice Leaders Planning Group.
- $250,000 – To support Next Century Cities.
- $90,000 – To support SPARC’s general programmatic activities
- $350,000 – To support get out the count and other 2020 Census work.
- $75,000 – To support Demand Progress Education Fund.
- $350,000 – To support Communities for Just Schools Fund.
Donors to FPOS
FPOS was formed in 2008 with a $1 million endowment from the Open Society Foundations (OSF; then Open Society Institute), the main private foundation of George Soros. In 2009, FPOS received a further $1 billion from OSF and $50 million from George Soros himself. Since then, FPOS has been funded directly by Soros, Soros’ foundations, and various affiliated groups in the Soros Network.
The following chart is a list of all donors to the Foundation to Promote Open Society from 2008 to 2018: 
|Year||Donor to Foundation to Promote Open Society||Amount|
|2014||Soros Economic Development Fund||$28,467,683|
|2014||Soros Fund Charitable Foundation||$374,923,199|
|2013||Soros Charitable Foundation||$183,015|
|2013||Soros Humanitarian Foundation||$601,230|
|2012||Soros Humanitarian Foundation||$123,263,512|
|2012||Soros Charitable Foundation||$59,665,334|
|2012||Open Society Institute (Foundations)||$283,678,743|
|2009||Open Society Institute (Foundations)||$1,000,000,000|
|2008||Open Society Institute (Foundations)||$1,000,000|
The Foundation to Promote Open Society is a private foundation. Its IRS Form 990 filings for 2018, 2017, and 2016 are available below: