The International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) was founded by the famous philanthropist George Soros in 1990. IRF – is one of the largest charitable foundations in Ukraine. This national fund is a part of a global network of Open Society Foundations.
IRF mission – is to promote the development of an open society in Ukraine based of democratic values by supporting the prominent public initiatives.
Over the years, the International Renaissance Foundation has contributed to important changes in the country. Our efforts resulted in the introduction of external independent assessment in Ukraine, which allowed to overcome corruption when enrolling in higher education. The foundation has contributed to the first professional association of journalists in Ukraine, movement against censorship in the mass media and the development of journalistic investigations. The foundation has supported the establishment of an independent exit poll that became an effective tool of public control over the results of elections.