Blessed Woman

Betsy DeVos is one of the few blessed philanthropically oriented women in today’s culture that has both made a difference and continues to touch lives: She has been all over the world and likewise given plenty of profits to numerous top charity endeavors. She and her husband Dick have also contributed billions of dollars to the Republican campaign in hopes of restoring America to its great conservative values upon which it was founded by President George Washington himself. Betsy DeVos has been an active politician as well for over 35 years but has not been lacked the humility to serve her community throughout this time. When needed, she steps up to her roles and faithfully advocates for all urgent causes. When she steps off the platform, she puts on a T-shirt and happily goes to serve the community by planting gardens or assisting with local community events to further promote unity and equality all around. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.com.

It all began back in the good old days of high school. DeVos was a senior, graduating out of Holland Christian High School with a passion for serving others and a desire to further grow in charitable giving, helping not only the local community but the country as well. She later went on to receive her BA degree from Calvin College – based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After that, she happily married entrepreneur, philanthropist and community volunteer Dick DeVos; together, they have five grandchildren from their four grown children. From 1993 to 2016, Betsy Devos has worked for the Windquest Group as a chairman, later followed by a planned retirement.

She has also served as a member of the board and a chair member for numerous other organizations, such as the AFC or American Federation for Children, the Alliance for School Choice, Art Prize, the Philanthropy Roundtable, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Great Lakes Education Project, the Potter’s House School and even the DeVos Institute for Arts Management. In addition, she and her husband founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which approved $400,000 in funds to Loudspeaker Media Inc. in efforts to help former CNN anchor – Campbell Brown – to launch her educational site known as The 74. Brown recently mentioned that she would praise DeVos repeatedly in the future for her efforts and generosity, which he later did many times. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table

DeVos’s foundation later gave another $400,000 to Brown’s nonprofit Institute, The Partnership for Educational Justice. In 2015, DeVos donated $150,000 to Success Academy Charter Schools. Such generosity eventually caught the public eye, and the school’s chain founder was later considered for President Trump’s Education Secretary. The DeVos Family Foundation also gave $5,000 to Great Schools Inc., a nonprofit charter school.

George Soros: Using Philanthropy As A Global Effort

Open Society Foundations (OSF) isn’t like other foundations that award discretionary grants. Largely based on the significant ideologies of founder, George Soros. Soros created OSF in 1993; which is unique political and social backing gift giving network. Because it definitely bears the philosophical imprint of George Soros, as a grant making organization, OSF continually strives to make the greatest impact in political, social and global arenas.

George Soros started out by selecting a name from the title of a book by Sir Karl Raimund Poppe. However, long before OSF, Soros was a visionary of change; he felt compelled to help conform the “ideology” of Communism. His first philanthropic endeavor was signed in May, 1984. It was a joint effort that established a working partnership between the Soros Foundation and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. That initial signed contract would later be preserved as an original document, as a part of the Soros Foundation Budapest.

Soros’ foundations concentrates the bulk of their time on supporting a variety of human rights initiatives. As with all of Soros charitable and philanthropic work, he isn’t afraid to put strong financial backing towards worthy causes. Some of the most notable gift giving expenditures have included: $2.9 billion dollars to help protect the rights of women and rally against ethnic, racial and LGBTQ discriminatory practices. Another $2.1 billion was spent improving the quality of education and also to strengthen democratic roots in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

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George Soros philanthropic organizations are often overshadowed by the American political climate. But, one only has to look closely to see how he isn’t just a man of ideas; he puts his financial support wholeheartedly towards causes that have global importance. In the introduction to his Open Society Foundations biography, we are provided with more personalized details about his philanthropic organization. Read more on NYTimes.com.

Having given a measurable sum of $12 billion to numerous foundations over the years; George Soros is making a firsthand social impact. His interest in global human rights, was etched into his soul by the atrocities he witnessed growing up in Hungary. Soros talks about his family’s fight for survival, it was a profound struggle against Communism. The gift giving he has done and continues to do was born out of determination to help those people who are still struggling.

After the Communist takeover of Hungary, a young Soros departed his homeland. He moved to London and began his educational pursuits; later starting a financial trading career. A career that helped amass a substantial fortune. He immediately founded, the Soros Fund Management. This American hedge fund would lead to George Soros being regarded as one of the most successful investor in current times.

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Dick DeVos Is Invested In The Grand Rapids And Other Michigan Communities

Dick and Betsy DeVos have given a lot to the Grand Rapids and general Michigan business communities, but they’ve also taken up a lot of causes in issues that matter. They both have worked hard to reform education and labor laws affecting locals in Michigan and have been involved in nationwide efforts as well. They both are chairs of the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation that has given millions to education and healthcare endeavors around the state, and this work is part of the reason President Trump chose Betsy to be Secretary of Education. Dick and Betsy certainly have donated to the campaigns of both national and local Republican political candidates, but even excluding that it is estimated that their total charities total over $139 million in lifetime giving.

 

Dick DeVos is the Chairman of The Windquest Group, an investment firm whose portfolio consists of alternative energy suppliers, water purification companies, local restaurants, a home storage retailer and non-profit groups such as ArtPrize and the West Michigan Aviation Academy. Dick DeVos started this company back in 1989, but prior to and even after founding it, Dick worked at the company his father Richard DeVos Sr. helped found, Amway Corporation. Dick got his degree in business from Northwood University and started out as a company manager, but soon worked his way up to the executive board along with his brothers Daniel and Douglas.

 

As company vice president, he and Daniel started making more decisions in establishing operations overseas and growing the customer base. Dick left Amway briefly when he started the Windquest Group, and he even was president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic for a time shortly after his father bought the team. He returned in 1993 and led Amway as CEO for about 10 years growing their sales and profits even further. In 2002 he stepped down and has made The Windquest Group his sole priority.

 

As education reformers, Dick and Betsy have helped start scholarships such as the Education Freedom Fund and Children First America. They’ve given to private schools such as Potter’s House and Grand Rapids Christian School, and they’ve also supported university business programs at places such as Grand Valley State and Dick’s alma mater Northwood. They helped start the West Michigan Aviation Academy in 2010, a charter school whose curriculum is primarily based in aviation.

 

Dick and Betsy also have run for public office themselves. Dick’s first election was to the Michigan State Board of Education in 1990, and Betsy was elected to chair of the Michigan Republican Party. In 2006 he decided to run against incumbent Governor Jennifer Granholm when he felt there needed to be changes to the state’s economy. He lost by a 14-point margin, but he didn’t let that deter him from running grassroots efforts to make changes at the state level. In 2012 his efforts paid off when he helped get a right-to-work law passed. Dick DeVos is also the author of Rediscovering American Values, a book that defines his conservative beliefs.

 

Dick DeVos’ Philanthropic Activities

Dick DeVos is a devoted individual to his craft and has dedicated his entire career to the family business that was created by Richard DeVos several years back as a business that has not only helped individuals all over the world have access to affordable products, but that has also helped to build the family name of DeVos. DeVos knew even at a young age that he wanted to be involved in business and made sure that his path followed closely to the path of his father, Richard DeVos. Dick DeVos is one of the most successful members of the DeVos family who has over forty years of experience within the world of business.

 

Dick DeVos knew even at a young age that he wanted to be a businessman and that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, Richard DeVos. Dick DeVos, even before a formal education, knew that he wanted to help build Amway Corporation to become the best company that there is. Even before a formal education, Dick DeVos has fond memories of he and his brother helping where they good within the company. Dick DeVos and his brother remember filing papers, running errands for the employees, as well as giving product descriptions to the clients and customers of the company.

 

Dick DeVos has followed the DeVos path in several ways. Not only has Dick DeVos become a billionaire and has helped to build the family business, but Dick DeVos has also become a prominent philanthropist who is dedicated to helping others across the United States live a better life and to have some of the benefits that he has as a wealthy businessman. Dick DeVos believes helping individuals at the local level in order to make a difference with one person at a time. Dick DeVos believes that this will translate to millions of individuals in the long-run.

 

Of the many activities that Dick DeVos specifically supports, Dick DeVos is particularly interested in improving the education system due to the fact that he wants to make sure that education is available to all individuals that are inspired to learn more. As a result, Dick DeVos has given millions of dollars to scholarships in his name and has even donated millions of dollars to build schools that will bring more education opportunities to students across the United States in even the poorest regions in the country.