Category Archives: Philanthropist

Betsy DeVos Pushes for Reform in U.S. Educational System

Betsy DeVos is the U.S. Secretary of Education in President Trump’s administration. She and her husband Dick DeVos are business people, philanthropists and political activists. Betsy is a Republican and supporter of school choice, voucher programs and charter schools. She worked for many years in Michigan to promote educational reform. She was chairman of the Michigan Republican Party for several years. DeVos is a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

Betsy was the Vice President of the Prince Foundation, a charitable foundation set up by her family, primarily her father and mother, Edgar and Elsa Prince. She and her husband Dick DeVos started the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. Its purpose is to donate funds to various charitable organizations. Most of the donations are based on Dick and Betsy’s Christian faith.

The foundation focuses on education, community projects, arts, justice and leadership programs. In 2015, the foundation donated $11.6 million. This brings their lifetime donations to $139 million. The foundation has donated to hospitals, research in health care, Christian schools, religious missions, and other conservative causes.

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DeVos has been involved over the years in the Action Institute. Its purpose is to study Religion and Liberty. It strives to promote a free society where individuals can use economic policies within the framework of the Judeo-Christian beliefs to promote economic growth.

From 2004 to 2010 Betsy Devos served on the board of directors for the Kennedy Center of the Preforming Arts. She was appointed by President George W. Bush. She and her husband, funded a center to teach art managers to raise funds for their institutions. In 2010, they donated $22.5 million to keep the program going.

Betsy DeVos has been very active in charitable work within her community in Michigan. She served as chairwoman of the American Federation for Children and The Philanthropy Roundtable. The American Federation for Children promotes educational choice, and works to help every child get a quality education, no matter what their economic status is

DeVos promotes the expansion of charter schools and more private schools being available to all students through financial assistance programs. She says the current school system is closed and restricts access to better options. If the market was opened up and parents had better options, children would receive a much better education no matter where they lived. She continues to support reform in the current U.S. educational system to provide a much higher quality of education to all children. Visit dbdvfoundation.org to know more about their foundation.

Equal Protections Through George Soros’s Wealth Restores Greater Humanity

After immigrating to the United States in 1956, George Soros founded Soros Fund Management in 1970, and became one of the wealthiest inventors in history. In 1979, George founded Open Society Foundations, which has become a great organization that brings vibrant and tolerable civilizations together with holding their governments accountable, across the world. The organization’s foundation was built on helping to shape public policies, for equality in the political, legal and economic process. In addition, they focus on human dignity, minorities, and human rights. Their continued mission is to provide safeguards, for all fundamental rights and human decency.

Since 1979 and to the present day, George Soros has contributed an estimated $11 billion to philanthropy causes. He directly supports American progressive political causes and American liberal political causes through his foundation. Open Society Foundations has contributed $2.9 billion towards defending human rights, including those in the LGBT community. The organization has branched alliances with groups, for strengthening LGBT inequalities, as well as women, ethnic and religious minorities. Open Society Foundations recently has provided grants of $33 million towards civil rights and the social justices which has perpetuated the African-American community.

For many, the donating of billions of dollars means that there can be hope of change and George has been placed in the role as that change agent, for great causes. At 85 years old, George has taken on many causes; the last political season was of no exception. In June 2016, George donated $7 million to the Priorities USA Action, a political action committee (PAC) aimed at providing sustainable opportunities, for American families to get ahead despite any inequalities they face. The group is dedicated to the fundamental rights and democratic ideals of impartiality, for all Americans. The group was also supported by then nominee Hillary Clinton, which George also endorsed, for President of the United States. Read more at Politico about George Soros.

George’s continued interest in supporting political causes brings the necessary awareness by using his wealth. He’s had a formidable role within certain groups such as his $5 million donation to Immigrant Voters Win, a PAC that has worked tirelessly to defend the anti-immigration laws needed and to execute them with dignity and respect. George, being of Hungarian decent, knows first-hand of those needing protection under the law and receiving compassion. During the 1940’s, George and his family were afflicted by the need to falsify documentations to conceal their identity in order to protect their lives. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.

George founded Open Society Foundation on the basis of equality, for one and equality for all. He holds the traditional values of building a society where it is based on human rights, dignity and the rule of law, for all people, regardless of creed, color or ethnicity.