A recent article description on Opensocietyfoundations.org discusses the giving nature of George Soros. Soros is a founding member and chairman of the Open Society Foundations. He originally created the foundation with the hope that it would help those who face some type of discrimination based on who they are and how they express themselves. He has used his foundation to support many people and organizations that fight for accountable governments, equality, and the ability to live their lives as the people they chose to be. Soros has little tolerance for prejudice in modern day society, meaning that he uses his power and position to fight back against it.
One of the reasons why Soros is so committed to helping the downtrodden is that he has lived through one of the most horrific events in history. In 1944 through 1945, Soros lived in Hungary through the Nazi occupation. Being of Jewish heritage, Soros and his family were in grave danger. To survive, they acquired false identity papers. The Soros family were not interested in laying down and taking their fate, they concealed their background and went on to help countless other families do the same. This was a time of survival, and Soros looks at it as a defining moment in his life.
Recently, Soros donated a large amount of his personal wealth to the Open Society Foundations. This large-scale donation of $18 billion was intended to help continue to fund the causes championed by the Open Society Foundations and their network of partnerships all over the world. He has been committed to this cause from the very start, with his most recent donation adding to his overall giving contribution of $30 billion. Soros sees his work as not only a personal crusade to fight against intolerance and injustice but as a legacy that will continue as a strong, benevolent force.
Sadly, with every giving philanthropist, there is someone standing there to quickly demonize their actions. A recent article in The Jerusalem Post, entitled “George Soros and the Demonization of Philanthropy” discusses this troubling phenomenon and how it relates to Soros. While it is true that someone of Soros’ giving potential can wield a lot of power, he has only been shown to support socially benevolent causes. It is natural for some to want to fight back against those that may possess an uneven amount of power, but any power that Soros may have is used for the benefit of society. In fact, many conspiracy theories centered around him fail to take his history into account and often feel forced by an authoritarian author.
While Soros continues to be a successful businessman and a giving person, there are those that seek to desecrate what he has worked so hard to achieve. He has pushed through barriers for many of the persecuted, but nay-sayers have questioned his actions and cheapened his cause. It should always be about the work that someone or an organization does, and not the power of large-scale giving that helps make it possible.