Open Society on Grant Making

Open Society on Grant Making


The place to start is to think about strategy. You need a strategy that’s going to get
you to your goal so you get the benefit of organized power, of multiple people, of people
coming together to achieve something. It very much is predicated on the strategic frame
of what you’re trying to achieve. The relationships between, for example, government
and civil society. The implementation of the law to shift public
opinion. Making sure that the values that a society
embraces are values that uphold human rights. The raising of the voices of those who are
excluded from participation. We look for grantees whose partnership, whose
collaboration, whose engagement is necessary to making lasting social change. You’re part of a vision of what an open
society looks like, whether you live those values, whether you practice transparency
and accountability. We start with the grantee’s aspirations
as being the most important thing—what you’re trying to achieve, the way in which you feel
you can make change on the ground—and from that a conversation begins. We are open to organizations of all types,
sizes, experience levels, duration. Scholarships and fellowships, grants to organizations
that work in a variety of ways, a lot of public policy work, a lot of startup development
work. People should always come if they think that
there’s a fit between them and what OSF hopes to achieve and support. If you have beautiful solutions, this one
seduces in the same way—there’s really good challenges. Open Society Foundations is very open to risk-taking
and who believe that sometimes it’s really important to stick in there for the long haul
on unpopular causes. The solutions, whether they’re immediate
or long term, are going to reside with people within a society within that context. We are likely to fund organizations in the
same field that may not agree with each other, and may actually be adopting different kinds
of strategies to pursue the same goal. When you’re an activist, or when you’re
in government, you’re trained to think that there is one good solution for everything. And I think the perspective that we have is
that diversity is more important for democracy than good, specific solutions. Once you enter the Open Society Foundations
network, it just opens huge doors. You’ll get connected into a variety of different
places where you get a platform to talk about the great work you’re doing. What the Open Society Foundations is about
is ensuring that we’re identifying those ideas that are underserved, that are marginalized. To remain curious and open-minded and constantly
on the lookout for new grantees, new groups, new opportunities. Change is never irreversible, and so success
is never final. But that change is there and can be the foundation
for another period of openness.

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    Vladimir

    Pure political undercover crap.Laundering of money. You get an NGO make a nice trick , and you get some grant. If you are human being in need … Sorry Jose , more luck in next life. Project about kids ,starving, shhit wars, prostitution violence that never ends but makes great daily subject hits on the emotion of the population and gathers more and more money., Aand all those "people" help poor water in a baket with a whole. 😉 .Just when I see such faces I feel sick. Selective helping.. you are shit!
    Do you fund general support or only projects? All these confused actors faces live on a lie. Just look are these ill cases. Just look at their eyes and expressions they learned load of bureaucratic crap and are still confused , in back of their heads " what ,why am I saying this"…but smthing makes me say .
    Open Society is able to provide both project and general support. When appropriate, we at the Open Society Foundations seek to provide grantees with flexibility on how to use the funds where appropriate, including but not limited to general support.

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