Philanthropist

An Overview of Betsy DeVos’ Philanthropy Work

Betsy DeVos is an American politician and entrepreneur. She holds a degree in Arts from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is married to Dick DeVos who is also active in entrepreneurship, community activism, and philanthropy. They have a big family consisting of four children and five grandchildren. She is serving in President Donald Trump’s government as the 11th United States Secretary Education. Born on 8th Jan1958, DeVos has shown to possess excellent leadership skills, innovative, disruptor, a reformer and an advocate.

 

She is said to be a pioneer in all the fields she has served in ranging from business to education to politics. She has been actively involved in removing obstacles in all these areas to enable others to thrive. For instance in education, she has gained fame for her support for choice of school, school voucher programs and charter schools. Being a leading advocate of the educational choice movement is perhaps what she is best known for in the field of education. In her efforts to be an educational advocate, she serves as the chairperson of the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice.

 

She started her political career more than 35 years ago while in college where she undertook her vacation involving herself in campus politics. She has since then remained active in the field where he has served over 35yrs, Betsy has held the position of chairperson of Michigan Republican Party for four times. She has also held various leadership roles in political action committees, campaigns, and party organizations. Her political endeavors today are geared towards promoting educational choices.

 

In business, Betsy has been looking for innovative solutions to solve social issues. She was the former chairperson of The Windquest Group, which is a private investment and management firm dealing in technology, processing, and clean energy. They established the firm in partnership with her husband in 1989.

 

She is committed to serving her community where she has served in various positions in national and local boards. She has served as the chairperson of both The Philanthropy Roundtable board of directors and the American Federation for Children. She is the chairperson of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. She has also established DeVos Institute for Arts and Management at the Kennedy Center. All these nonprofits roles and charity interests portray her efforts in reforming. On 23th Nov 2016, she was announced to be the nominee of choice for to serve as the United States Secretary of Education. She said she was honored to serve in the government of Donald Trump in making the American education sector great again just like it was Trump’s campaigning slogan.

 

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George Soros- a Renowned Philanthropist of His Kind

George Soros is a Jewish, born in Hungary in 1930 as (Gyorgy Schwartz). He lived through World War I of 1944-5 and his family survived by forging identification documents and concealing their backgrounds. Soros names then changed because of the anti-Semitic persecutions. He left Budapest in 1947 for London where he joined the London School of Economics to study philosophy and finance. He first worked as a railway porter and as a waiter in a nightclub to support his studies. He also did other casual jobs.

While in England and pursuing his studies, Soros approached a Jewish institution to see him through the hard times, but the institution did not help. George however, concentrated on his philanthropic contributions in supporting groups that had pseudo hidden anti-Semitic flavors.

George Soros together with his brother moved to New York in 1956 from where he built his fortune. He started his finance and investment business and became a very brilliant financier and knowledgeable beyond imagination. He started Soros fund management in 1970. He later created open society network of foundations in more than 100 countries. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.

George Soros has been funding to support individuals and organizations all over the world so as to help in fighting freedom of expression, transparency, accountability of governments and other civil society organizations that promote justice and equality. His giving is mainly focused to the marginalized and discriminated people. These include drug addicts, sex workers, and LGBTI people.

In 1979, when Soros began his desire to promote the welfare of people, he gave scholarships to South Africans under apartheid. In 1980’s he donated photocopiers to reprint banned texts which helped in promoting the open exchange of ideas in the Communist Eastern Bloc. When the Berlin Wall fell, Soros created the Central European University as a space to foster critical thinking.

After the cold war, George Soros expanded his work to support new efforts of creating more accountable, transparent, and democratic societies in the United States, Africa, and Asia. Soros started America’s medical marijuana movement. He also became a vocal backer of same-sex marriage efforts from 2000.

Soros has been supporting lawyers that represent unlawfully held individuals and provided University fees for promising students from marginalized groups. The organizations he has supported include Global Witness, The International Crisis Group, The European Council of Foreign Relations, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Soros travels the world to support his foundation work and to advocate for positive policy changes with leaders.

George Soros had one brother Paul, who was an engineer and also a philanthropist and an investor like his brother. George quoted that he was not doing his Philanthropic work out of any guilt, or any need to create good public relations, but because he believed that he could afford it. George Soros established the Open Society Foundations.