The Soros Foundation Moldova is part of the Open Society Foundations group founded by George Soros. The Foundation’s priorities are strategically aligned with the common priorities of the regions of Europe and Central Asia. Our vision is for the Soros Foundation Moldova to be a democracy lighthouse, a well-known, innovative and sustainable organization, a trusted partner which promotes and defends a free, just, and healthy society with efficient and accountable institutions and a functional free economy, where individuals and communities have the confidence and opportunities to build a meaningful future.
The Open Society Foundations is a global network of organizations and specialized programs.
Our network includes national and regional foundations as well as programs with regional or global coverage that are active in over 120 countries, including hubs in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States.
The Open Society Foundations structures its work in global, geographic, and advocacy programs that work with individuals and organizations willing to advance the mission of building a more open society in the world and work with them toward that end.
The Open Society Foundations work toward building vibrant and inclusive societies based on respect for human rights and the rule of law, whose governments would be accountable and open to the engagement of all people.
The Soros Moldova Foundation was founded in
1992 by philanthropist George Soros.
Our mission is to advance open society and safeguard democracy by supporting innovative ideas and encouraging visionaries that drive positive changes, to make Moldova a better place to live in.
Fields of activity
We act in four areas aimed
at building the open society in our country.
Justice and Human Rights
We support justice reform by working with civil society and experts to promote fight against corruption in the justice sector and by producing studies and working papers for the country’s law enforcement agencies. Our partners also implement projects in the field of activism, education, and human rights monitoring.
Since its establishment, the Soros Foundation Moldova has supported education in our country. To this day, we continue implementing projects that promote visionary teachers and modern technologies in Moldovan schools. The foundation supports the efforts of government agencies and civil society aimed at combatting corruption and achieving economic equity. Another field that is traditional for us is the promotion of civic activism in the communities of the Republic of Moldova.
The Soros Foundation Moldova has a reputation for being one of the biggest and consistent supporters of the independent and high-quality press. Over the years, we have helped tens of editorial offices to develop high-quality journalistic products of interest for the public. During the last three years, we have been implementing the New Media Incubator—a project that provides expertise and training for content creators working in new media, including vlogs and podcasts.
From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Soros Foundation Moldova has donated almost 1 million USD for purchasing protection and disinfection equipment, improving medical education, conducting researchabout the pandemic, and combating its effects, including on the economy. Currently, the Soros Foundation Moldova implements projects that aim at monitoring and improving the legal framework on healthcare. One of the recent major accomplishments of these projects is the inclusion—with all that it entails—of palliative care in the national health insurance system. Jointly with the Delegation of the European Union and several other partners, we work toward creating and developing tens of social services across the country.
"My success in the financial markets has given me a greater degree of independence than most other people"
George Soros experienced ethnic and political intolerance firsthand. Born in Hungary in 1930, he lived through the Nazi occupation of 1944–1945, which resulted in the murder of over 500,000 Hungarian Jews.
His own Jewish family survived by securing false identity papers, concealing their backgrounds, and helping others do the same.
Soros later recalled that “not only did we survive, but we managed to help others.”
“1944, the year of the German occupation, was my formative experience. Instead of submitting to our fate we resisted an evil force that was much stronger than we were—yet we prevailed.” —George Soros
As the Communists consolidated power in Hungary after the war, Soros left Budapest in 1947 for London, working part-time as a railway porter and as a night-club waiter to support his studies at the London School of Economics. In 1956, he emigrated to the United States, entering the world of finance and investments, where he made his fortune. In 1973, he launched his own hedge fund and went on to become one of the most successful investors in the history of the United States.
George Soros used his fortune to create the Open Society Foundations—a network of foundations, partners, and projects in more than 120 countries. Our name and work reflect the influence on Soros’s thinking of the philosophy of Karl Popper, which Soros first encountered at the London School of Economics. In his book Open Society and Its Enemies, Popper argues that no philosophy or ideology is the final arbiter of truth, and that societies can only flourish when they allow for democratic governance, freedom of expression, and respect for individual rights—an approach at the core of the Open Society Foundations’ work.
George Soros began his philanthropy in 1979, giving scholarships to Black South Africans under apartheid. In the 1980s, he helped promote the open exchange of ideas in Communist Hungary by funding academic visits to the West and supporting fledgling independent cultural groups, as well as other initiatives. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he created Central European University as a space to foster critical thinking—which at that time was an alien concept for most universities in the former Communist bloc.
With the Cold War over, he gradually expanded his philanthropy to Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States, supporting a vast array of new efforts to create more accountable, transparent, and democratic societies. He was one of the early prominent voices to criticize the war on drugs as “arguably more harmful than the drug problem itself,” and helped kick-start America’s medical marijuana movement. In the early 2000s, he became a vocal backer of same-sex marriage efforts. Though his causes have evolved over time, they continue to hew closely to his ideals of an open society.
“I believe that in philanthropy one should do the right thing, whether or not it succeeds.” —George Soros
Throughout Soros’s philanthropic career, one thing has remained constant: a commitment to fighting the world’s most intractable problems. He has been known to emphasize the importance of tackling losing causes. Indeed, many of the issues Soros has taken on—and he would be the first to admit this—are the types of issues for which a complete solution might never emerge.
That independence has allowed him to forge his own path toward a world that’s more open, more just, and more equitable for all.
Petru CuleacExecutive Director
Varvara ColibabaDeputy Director
Dmitri GudumacCommunications Manager
Elena VacarciucHead of the Finance Department
Irina BejenaruChief Accountant
Liuba CotorobaiFinance Assistant
Dumitru ChitoroagăHead of the Grants Management and IT Department
Victor AndronicLAN Manager
Nicolai GudimaHead of the Operations Department
Mihai LunguDriver and Operations Manager
Alina MoșneaguAdministrative Assistant
Public Health Department
Liliana GhermanHead of the Public Health Department
Vitalie SlobozianProgram Coordinator
Svetlana HanganProject Director
Ala CojocariFinance and Program Manager
Diana TeacăMonitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Ștefan IvanovFinance and procurement specialist
Tatiana CiolacProject assistant
Justice and Human Rights Department
Victor MunteanuHead of the Justice and Human Rights Department
Marcel VarmariFinance and Program Manager
Natalia MarcociProgram Coordinator
Denis AlbuProgram Coordinator
Antonina StratuProgram Assistant
Good Governance Department
Natalia CamburianHead of the Good Governance Department
Ana CorețchiProject Director
Cristina VîrlanProgram Coordinator
Irina IstratiFinance and Program Manager
Artur UcolovProgram Assistant
Maria VatamanProgram Assistant
Victoria MironHead of the Media Department
Adrian BivolProgram Coordinator
Dorin ScobioalăNew Media Incubator Project Manager
NATIONAL BOARDSoros Foundation
- Eugen Burdelnii
- Doina Nistor
- Ana Țibuleac
- Sergiu Conovalu
- Natalia Balta
- Alexandru Dorogan
- Cristina Mogîldea (Leva)
- Mariana Tacu
- Tatiana Puiu
- Alexandru Voloc
- Valentina Vilc
- Viorel Gorceag
- Svetlana Plămădeală
Justice and Human Rights
- Aliona Bleah
- Mihaela Vidaicu
- Viorica Grecu
- Denis Arcușa
- Traian Țurcanu
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