Grantee: Baltic American Partnership Fund
Ranking: 24th highest grantee, 2005 — 2009
Type: Public/Private Fund
Issue: Grow Open Society
About: The Baltic American Partnership Fund (BAPF) was established in 1998 as a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the OSI, operated as a private charity based in New York. USAID and the OSI each pledged $7.5 million to be dispersed to local charities and NGOs through Soros€™ Open Society foundations in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
In 2007, the BAPF listed as its significant accomplishments:
Guided by Soros€™ Open Society model of empowering NGOs, in a region where Soros enjoys economic and political power, and instituted prior to the period when his philanthropic activities came under scrutiny, the policy outcomes of the BAPF may offer a useful roadmap of Soros€™ ambitions for other countries, including the U.S.
The fact that the BAPF was supported by U.S. taxpayers, but administered by Soros€™ foundations and institutions, thus enhancing Soros€™s status in the region using U.S. taxpayer dollars, merits further inquiry. Soros denounced American foreign policy during most of the BAPF€™s taxpayer-funded decade: why was he permitted to continue deploying Americans€™ money and administering American funds overseas during this time period?
Mission Statement: Since 1999, the Baltic American Partnership Fund (BAPF) and its local partners, the Baltic American Partnership Programs (BAPPs), have invested over $10 million to strengthen civil society in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Particular focus has been placed on the development of the non-profit sector, through which individuals can come together in an organized fashion to participate in and influence political, economic and social decision-making processes in their countries. BAPF€™s support has been provided through grants, training, and technical assistance to a diverse range of organizations and individuals who, in different ways, have contributed to BAPF€™s three primary objectives for its ten year life span:
1) A clear, supportive legal and regulatory environment for civil society;
2) The institutional development of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs):
3) Financial sustainability of the NGO sector.
Soros Funding: In 1998, the OSI pledged a total $7.5 million to the BAPF for the period of 1998 — 2008. The funds dispersed between 2005 — 2009 appear to be part of the 1998 endowment.
Board of Directors: