One of the greatest joys in life is being able to do good for others. When we experience difficulties in our own lives it is very easy to become totally consumed by them. We can sometimes forget that other people around us are experiencing difficulties of their own, some of which might be harder than anything we could fathom experiencing in our own lives. When we take the time to inquire about others, to extend a helping hand to them or even just a friendly smile it can brighten our own outlook on our lives and also give them the encouragement or support they need in the midst of their own difficulties. One public figure that understands the importance of looking beyond oneself and toward the needs of others is businessman and philanthropist George Soros.
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Soros is reportedly worth $26 billion. While some people have been known to spend their exorbitant wealth only on themselves from the moment that Soros came into his money as a financial services professional he went about seeing how he could spend that money on people who were dealing with a wide range of needs that were not being met. He did this by launching a large collective of philanthropic initiatives that are known as the Open Society Foundations. George Soros currently serves as the Chairman of the Open Society Foundations and Christopher Stone serves as the organization’s President.As the name suggests the Open Society Foundations’ mission is to contribute to the development of societies that are dynamic, value tolerance and a world where the public sector is accountable and citizens everywhere have the ability to participate in the direction of civic life. The organization is involved in promoting core democratic values such as democratic elections, a strong civil society, human rights protections and the advancement of healthy, just communities and education. Learn more about this article at washingtontimes.com.
The organization does work on the African continent, in the Asia Pacific region, in Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East, North Africa and Southwest Asia. One of the many areas that its philanthropic programs focus on is education and youth. For instance the Open Society Foundations have a program that focuses on strengthening higher education in Asia, Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean. The organization’s higher education initiatives have focused on improving access to higher education for refugees. The Open Society Foundation notes that there have been a higher number of refugees today than there have been since the Second World War Life for most refugees can be incredibly unstable and a college education can offer them a degree of predictability and opportunity that they might not otherwise have access to. Because periods of displacement can last for as long as nearly two decades factoring college education in programs that seek to help refugees is important. Know more about George Soros on CNBC.