In the U.S., George Soros is best known as one of the leading financial donors to the Democratic Party and other left leaning political candidates and organizations. The Hungarian-born financial expert has been building his network of philanthropic groups for more than four decades after his own personal fortune reached levels Soros himself believed was more than enough to ensure he could live happily for the remainder of his life; focusing the initial work of the Open Society Foundations on Communist-rea Eastern Europe, George Soros began to assist those fighting to live in a free and democratic manner. For the majority of the early years of the work of the Open Society Foundations, the organization was dedicated to fighting against the closed society and dogma of the Soviet Union Soros himself lived under the rule of following the end of World War II.
In an article for The Atlantic, George Soros revealed the most difficult challenge he faced as the head of the philanthropic Open Society Foundations was turning the group from a group of reactionaries to those seeking to build a better future following the collapse of Communism. For almost five decades following the end of World War II, the people of Eastern Europe were given an entire blueprint for their lives that could not be built upon in any way if members of the community were to remain active members of Societ society. Under the leadership of George Soros, the Open Society Foundations would become a force for good building upon the opening up of society across Eastern Europe. Despite the apparent democracy seen in many parts of the world, including Russia and the U.S. the Open Society Foundations has become a major provider of educational programs designed to teach the values of democracy and freedom to individuals living under the totalitarian rules of the closed society.
After living under the totalitarian rule of occupying Nazi forces in his native Hungary and hiding his Jewish faith to avoid detection during the Holocaust, George Soros has been fighting to halt the rise of dictatorships across the world, according to the Open Society Foundations. Soros has fought to extend the freedoms available to people across the world in many different areas of life, including his decision to back calls for marriage equality in the U.S. and other leading nations as the rights of members of the LGBTQ community have often been eroded. Other areas of concern for George Soros have included the legalization of illegal drugs and the protection of voter rights among minority groups within the U.S.