In recent years, the concern of hedge fund icon and philanthropist George Soros has largely been seen by the public as focused on the problems facing the European Union in terms of the “Brexit” decision in the U.K. and the refugee crisis that has been causing problems across the E.U. for a number of years. In a less public way, George Soros has been seeking new ways of assisting the civil rights and social justice movement of the U.S. with a growing level of financial support in the years prior to the 2014 Ferguson protests taking place in the Missouri city across the Summer and Fall of that year; through the Open Society Foundations, George Soros founding in the 1980s the Hungarian born investment specialist has become one of the most important financial supporters of organizations protecting the rights of African American and Latino communities across North America. Read more about George at The New York Times.
The Open Society Foundations reports George Soros became concerned about the future of the U.S. following his own refugee journey across Europe to the London School of Economics following the arrival of communist rule in his native Hungary; while studying at the London School of Economics, George Soros studied philosophy under his mentor Karl Popper, who developed his open society theory that included the belief in the U.S. Constitution being a fluid document that only protects individuals when the civil rights of the U.S. are fought for by the citizens of the nation. Across the U.S. African American and Latino civil rights groups have been fighting for the rights of individuals who are affected by a loss of their rights on a regular basis, which has resulted in Soros taking a proactive approach to fighting the rising right-wing groups of the U.S. who supported President Donald Trump as he fought for and won the Presidency in 2016. George Soros became a major critic of the rhetoric of Trump and his fellow Republican nominees who the hedge fund icon accused of doing the work of ISIS during the campaign and resulted in Soros backing the campaign of Democrat Hillary Clinton with $24 million, Politico reports.
Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/george-soros/
Civil rights groups have been a major area of concern for the Open Society Foundations and George Soros in the 21st century as the issues facing African American communities have become more prominent in causing issues across the nation. The Ferguson protests of 2014 are a good example of the work being completed by the Open Society Foundations and George Soros as more than $33 million in funding made its way from the not for profit network of charities to groups including the Dream Defenders who played a major role in creating the media buzz about the Ferguson protests throughout the latter half of 2014. Learn more about his profile at Forbes.com.
To most people, Dick DeVos is best known as the 2006 gubernatorial candidate for the state of Michigan. The billionaire businessman is famous for having spent almost $40 million of his own money on a campaign to unseat then incumbent governor, Jennifer Granholm. But in reality, DeVos has had a long and successful career in business. As the son of Rich DeVos, the billionaire cofounder of Amway, he has had a great deal of opportunity and privilege in his life. But he has also made the most of it, having had not just a spectacularly successful business career but also having become one of the country’s foremost philanthropists.
DeVos’ wife is hardly any less successful than he is. Betsy DeVos has just been appointed by President Donald Trump to be Secretary of Education. This has involved an extensive vetting process, as do most appointments to cabinet positions. One of the issues that have come up in the vetting of Betsy DeVos is the nature of her family’s charitable contributions, specifically whether or not the majority of money that the DeVos family gives away is political in nature or is given to more charitable causes.
This has revealed as much about Dick DeVos’ charitable giving as it has about that of his wife. As it turns out, although most people associate Dick DeVos’ name with politics, the vast majority of his philanthropic activity has been directed towards educational goals. More specifically, the majority of DeVos’ charitable contributions have been to educational institutions in and around the state of Michigan. Most of these have been within the West Michigan area.
Some examples of the considerably varied institutions that DeVos has contributed large sums to are the Grand Valley State University Downtown Grand Rapids Campus, the Compass College of Cinematic Arts, Ferris State University, the Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning, Northwood University, and an urban charter school catering to talented African American youth called Potter’s House. This is just a small sampling of the many institutions that DeVos has directly contributed money to. He has long been famous for not attaching any stipulations to the money that he gives, trusting the administrators and stakeholders of the institutions 100 percent in how they dole out his largesse.
I have always been an admirer of the work of Betsy DeVos in both the education reform activism industry and as a private individual looking to aid as many people and groups as possible in the U.S. and around the world; Mrs. DeVos has been an avid supporter of a range of causes that are obviously close to her heart as she has continued to be a major supporter of many different areas of education reform and philanthropy that are located on an international, national, and state level.
It has been difficult for me to understand just how the people of the world have made it difficult for Betsy DeVos to achieve her work as a reformer on many different levels, which strikes me as a difficult thing for many to achieve as they do not have a good understanding of what the newly appointed Education Secretary is attempting to achieve and how it can benefit the people of the U.S. The public school system of the U.S. is not always attempting to do the best thing for the children of the U.S. as union influence plays a key role in the choices that are often made about how the education system will be run; Betsy DeVos is simply looking to make sure families and young people have the choice of how best to achieve their education goals for the future.
Visit their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org
Betsy DeVos has achieved much that can be seen as a success in her life and I believe has been at the forefront of many of the major advances in many different areas for her local community; in terms of her background, Betsy DeVos has always had a strong belief system that includes a powerful Calvinist faith she has maintained throughout her life. I believe it was during her studies at Calvin College that Betsy DeVos found her political calling and has remained politically engaged ever since in her bid to make sure the people of the U.S. remain an integral part of the political landscape. The dedication to politics has seen Betsy DeVos take up a number of roles in her career long before her recent appointment as Secretary of Education; I believe a sign of the importance of Betsy DeVos was her appointment as a member of the board of the Kennedy Center for the Arts after after she was appointed by President George W. Bush.
Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter