There has been a widening divide in the United States over the past year that may not ever be truly healed. The 2016 Presidential Election campaign of Donald Trump, in all of its horror, may have fundamentally shifted the political climate forever. With that being said, there are still figures out there that are fighting to do the right thing in order to get the country back on track. Of those figures, George Soros remains one of the most prominent. When Donald Trump first got into the Republican Primaries, the world laughed — but Soros didn’t. George knew right away that Donald Trump represented a dangerous brand of nationalism that could cripple America, and he was right. Now, in order to do something about it, George Soros is shifting nearly $18 billion of his own wealth directly into his charitable foundation, the Open Society Foundations.
George Soros is a world-renowned philanthropist, progressive leader, and investor. He rose to fame after betting against the British pound and since then he has established himself as one of the most prominent investors in the world. As a billionaire progressive, George Soros has always been in the unique position of ensuring that his voice is heard on behalf of people who cannot speak up. This line of thinking led Soros to establish the Open Society Foundations in 1979. The Open Society Foundations was established in order to offer out grants to grassroots foundations that wanted to focus on fighting for social justice, freedom of expression, freedom of the arts and transparent government.
Over the years, the Open Society Foundations has played a major role in countries all over the world. The OSF was active in Africa during Apartheid, helping those that were oppressed. The OSF was also active in America during the march for marriage equality. Now, Soros is guiding the Open Society Foundations to become a champion for justice and equality in the era of President Trump’s disastrous administration. George Soros made a donation of $10 million after Trump was elected to the role of President and he doubled down by donating a full $18 billion over the past several years to the foundation.
The decision to shift the vast majority of his wealth to charity is probably one of the most important ones that Soros could make. By making this massive donation, Soros is telling the rest of the world that he wants the Open Society Foundations to have as loud of a voice and as far of a reach as possible. Despite the OSF’s impeccable track record of life-changing philanthropy, there are still those that are shunning Soros for his decision to make the incredible donation.
Members of the right wing of American politics have turned George Soros into the perfect villain. Whenever anything goes wrong or if anything untoward happens to a right-wing politician, George Soros is to blame. Soros has faced scrutiny his entire political career because he represents something that Republicans cannot touch: a wealthy man willing to put it all on the line for the good of the common people.