Ever since George Soros starting donating copious amounts of money to charity, he was demonized by people, especially those on the alt-right or extremists in the Republican Party. According to The Atlantic, this is nothing new. People have been demonizing philanthropists even before the term philanthropy came to denote large scale giving. George Soros makes an easy target for conspiracy theorists in the alt-right. He is Jewish. Many of the people who are demonizing him are doing so on anti-Semitic stereotypes. They blame him for global events, as many anti-Semites are prone to do about Jews in general. Most are too ashamed to say it openly, but their claims about him clearly have to do with anti-Semitic stereotypes, though they will say that it has nothing to do with his Jewish identity. Many think of George Soros as a globalist and an internationalist, and they think that his philanthropic donations are because of his quest for global domination and control. Sadly, that is an anti-Semitic stereotype that many people on the alt-right have.
However, George Soros has done a great deal of good in the world, if you will remove your partisan glasses for a moment. He has funded many organizations that promote freedom, democracy, and social justice. He started out by supporting students in South Africa who were suffering from the system of apartheid that was then prevalent there.
He then moved on to focus his efforts on Europe. He started out in Hungary, where he was born and where he grew up. He started funding democracy and freedom there, right under the nose of the communist regime. He gave money for liberals to get printing machines, which they used to distribute newspapers and flyers that promote freedom and democracy. He then moved on to other parts of Europe to plant the seeds of democracy after the fall of communism. He started the Central European University. He helped many students travel from one country to another, especially from communist countries to free countries. He did a lot for the Roma children. He helped support immigration policies in Europe and the immigrants themselves who came from Syria, Africa, and war torn countries to see a better life for themselves in Europe.
In a 1997 article in The Atlantic entitled The Capitalist Threat, George Soros explained that the Open Society Foundations were named after a book by famed European philosopher Karl Popper, which was called The Open Society and Its Enemies. He said that he had made a lot more money than what he really needed, so he wanted to set up a foundation to help out others who were not as fortunate as he was. George lived under the oppression of the Nazis and the communists, and he realized that what he wanted to support was an open society in every country. He wanted to turn closed societies into open ones and to generally turn the world into a place that is more viable for open societies.