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The Iris Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-11

At A Glance

The Iris Foundation

224 W. 57th St.

New York City, NY United States 10019-3212

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-08-31)

Assets: $196,042,230

Total giving: $10,027,857






Established in 1991 in NY - Founded by George Soros, an investor and philanthropist. Mr. Soros is the founder and Chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC and the co-founder of the Quantum Fund, one of the first hedge funds. He also founded and is Chairman of The Open Society Foundations, an umbrella name for a family of offices and foundations located throughout the world, of which The Open Society Institute is a part. Among the many books he authored or co-authored are "The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What It Means," "The Bubble of American Supremacy: Correcting the Misuse of American Power" and "The Soros Lectures at the Central European University."

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily for higher education.

Fields of Interest

  • Archives and special collections
  • Art museums
  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Information and Communications
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Undergraduate education
International Interests
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • People of Asian descent
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-08-31

Assets: $196,042,230 (market value)

Expenditures: $13,651,737

Total giving: $10,027,857

Qualifying distributions: $10,062,520

Giving activities include:

$10,027,857 for 5 grants (high: $9,863,357; low: $5,000)