Soros gives big for human rights
September 14, 2010
A $100 million donation to Human Rights Watch.
George Soros gave international whistleblower Human Rights
Watch his largest gift to a non-profit ever-$100 million over
10 years-to "more effectively protect and promote human rights
around the world."
| George Soros
The grant, from Soros' Open Society Foundations, challenges the
group to raise an additional $100 million in private
contributions to match the gift, according to an announcement.
The plan will require Human Rights Watch to increase its annual
budget from $48 million to $80 million within five years. Soros
wants to encourage donations from philanthropists outside of
the traditional supporters of human rights in Europe and North
America, according to HRW.
The watchdog group hopes that the combination of the grant and
the matching funds to be raised, as well as additional
fundraising, will enable it to become "a truly global
"Human rights underpin our greatest aspirations: they're at the
heart of open societies," Soros said in a statement.
Founded in 1978, Human Rights Watch works to focus attention on
human rights violations around the world.