Billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros on Tuesday announced that he would donate $100 million spread out over 10 years to Human Rights Watch, on condition that the funding be matched by other philanthropic grants to the organization.
The grant from the Soros-founded Open Society Foundations is slated to be used to expand Human Rights Watch operations around the globe. The expansion will require Human Rights Watch operating budget to grow from $48 million to $80 million per year within five years.
Human Rights Watch was founded in 1978 with the goal of investigating and help rooting human rights violations around the globe. The organization currently maintains a staff of almost 300 to address human rights conditions in nearly 90 countries. Human Rights Watch also publishes around 100 reports on human rights abuses in different countries across the globe.
The new grant will be used to expand the organization's reporting network and research staff to cover more countries and issues in greater depth.