Betsy DeVos; Bringing About Educational Reforms Through Philanthropic Initiatives

The current eleventh Secretary of Education position in the United States is occupied by the prolific philanthropist, businesswoman, fundraiser, and activist, Betsy DeVos. She is a globally acclaimed advocator of educational policies that equalize all children in the country. Betsy is also recognized for her numerous charitable initiatives that basically concentrate on humanitarian efforts that aim to create a better environment for the average American citizen.

Armed with over three decades of experience in politics, Betsy DeVos has been committed to giving the average American a choice over the kind of school and quality of education for their children. Presently, all her political ventures are geared towards the advancement of various educational options. She has been able to successfully bring about educational reforms in the country by tearing down the institutional barriers. This has ultimately led to the creation of an enabling environment where students have unlimited opportunities to thrive. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.com.

Background

Elisabeth Dee ‘Betsy’ DeVos went to Calvin College and was able to graduate with a Bachelors of Arts Degree. As she was taking her studies at this institution, Betsy was dominantly involved in campus politics. This period also characterized her entrance into the versatile life of politics. After her education, she set off her career by devoting her times as the chairman of a company known as Windquest Group Enterprise. The company was involved in the implementation of innovative solutions particularly in technology, manufacturing, and channels that propel the use of clean energy.

Betsy DeVos got interested in delving into the educational sector by observing her mother during her time as a public school teacher. Once her children were enrolled in different learning institutions, she gained firsthand experience of what many parents went through in the name of securing quality and valuable education for their offspring. What she particularly took note of, was the fact that children who were considered to come from the wrong side of the tracks, were not as privileged to penetrate the education system which was optimized for their counterparts.

Betsy has been instrumental in championing the rights of all students alike. She has vocalized the concerns of the parents and has selflessly devoted herself to eliminating the needs of what society has termed as risk children.

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Philanthropic Ventures

Betsy DeVos took to highlighting her philanthropic ventures in an interview with the Philanthropic Roundtable. She reiterated that her ultimate destination was to bring about innovative and realistic solutions to challenges that the average citizen faced. Particularly, Louisiana, Michigan, Indiana and Florida have been on the forefront of the private school voucher program incepted by Betsy and her team. The project has garnered a large amount of support from different communities and fraternities in the US.

Betsy is motivated by the fact that every child has a right to access conducive, equal and safe learning environments. She serves on the boards of several foundations and organizations including the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation as well as two other reputable charities.

George Soros Becomes Boogeyman to the Right Due to Progressive Ideals

The election of Donald J. Trump to the highest office of the United States, and possibly the world, has served as a lightning rod for politics around the world. The day after his election millions of people around the globe took to the streets and began marching. This was the resistance and the right wing attack ads seemed to hone in on a secret orchestrator: George Soros. George Soros is the boogeyman that the right wing media needs: he’s rich, connected, and hugely philanthropic. Soros may be the right’s version of a boogeyman but the truth is far more enlightening.

George Soros grew up in Nazi-occupied Hungary. He was born in 1930 and had to endure the occupation of 1944 – 1945. During that time Soros saw half a million of his fellow Hungarian Jews dragged off, beaten, and even killed. Among those victims were his own flesh and blood, friends and family, and neighbors.  Soros came to the realization that the only way to fight totalitarianism, of the kind he saw firsthand, was to live in a world where people felt free. A world where democracy was prized, intelligence was cherished, and social justice was the norm. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.

In order to live up to these lofty ideals George Soros would eventually set sail, quite literally, to New York City. It was here that Soros joined a brokerage on Wall Street and began investing. A few years later he would establish his own company, the Soros Fund. What followed was a career in investments that made Soros one of the most successful investors in the world and one of the most celebrated political activists. Soros had found his platform and he was going to do what he could in order to help his fellow man thrive.

Of course, when a progressive person rises to these heights it makes them an easy target for right wing media hit pieces. Every counter-conservative protest is met with a wave of conspiracy theories implying that George Soros must be behind it. He’s turned into a hidden ghoul out to subvert the conservative agenda by any means necessary. However, this is not the truth. Yes, George Soros is a progressive and a liberal but he does his work from the spotlight, not the shadows. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.

In fact, George Soros established the Open Society Foundations in order to network thousands of charities and partners across over 100 different countries. He’s focused on bring democracy, social justice, and freedom of expression to as many places as he possibly can.

Sources:

https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/people/george-soros

http://www.biography.com/people/george-soros-20926527

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-did-george-soros-become-the-favorite-boogeyman-of-the-right-2017-5

George Soros Puts Money to Work

One of the richest men in the world, George Soros, a Hungarian-American, was born in l930 in Hungary and educated at the University of London. It was there that he started his financial career. He came to the United States in 1956, became a citizen, and developed strong liberal beliefs that merged with the American Democratic Party. Soros founded the Soros Fund Management Firm in 1969, and this management firm is the primary adviser for the Quantum group of Funds which deals in investment markets worldwide.

During their growth period, this Quantum Group was restructured several times as they invested in public equity, foreign exchange, and a variety of capital funds which touched many industries around the world. Although Soros was always a part of the Quantum Group, he formed the Soros’ Management Firm in 1969 in New York City, and it has served as chief financial adviser to Quantum since that time. The company was reported in 2010 to have created profits of $32 billion since 1973 and was one of the top profit making funds in the industry.

Hoping to make money speak, Soros, as CEO of The Soros’ Fund, made his first impact on the American election scene in 2001, but in the recent election of 2016, $8 million dollars was given into the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton thru super pacs. The big money began to create big news on the political scene of the United States of America.

Long before he touched American politics however, George Soros recognized the need for money and began his philanthropic endeavors. In the l970s, he provided funds for black students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He also began funding movements toward democratic thinking behind the Iron Curtain. In the following years, he has encouraged non-violent demonstrations aimed at tolerance of new ideas and free thinking. Encouraging societies to be more open to differences of governing has resulted in an estimated $500 million per year in donations by the Open Society Foundation. Soros has often used this organization to structure his gifts.

In 2007, Time magazine cited his $100million given for internet at Russian universities, and for his $50 million given for the Millennium Promise to rid extreme poverty in Africa. He has given freely to such projects in the US and to universities in Europe where financing is desperately needed. The Microfinance Bank of the Nobel Peace Prize winner received support from OPS. Soros has received degrees and honorary citations from a number of universities for his interest and financial support of the many projects around the world.

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George Soros Donates $10 Million to Help Combat Hate Crimes

Although in 2003 Soros donated large amounts of money to remove George Bush from office because of his “War on Terror,” it was thru his books that he began to get public attention. Claiming that war creates innocent victims, he began to invest in the political scene in this country. After Bush was reelected in 2004, Soros and others backed a group called Democracy Alliance which seeks to develop a strong progressive infrastructure in America. They encourage and support progressive causes.

Soros again supported Obama’s reelection with the donation of $1million to the super PAC Priorities 2012. In 2013, he donated $25,000 to Ready for Hillary, and in the 2016 race, George Soros donated $8 million to support Clinton. After the election loss, Soros and other big-money donors began meeting in Washington to decide how to use their cash against President-elect Donald Trump. No reports from that meeting have been verified. Trump has announced that he believes the non-violent protests after the election are backed by George Soros, but there is no proof of this.

Today’s headlines indicate that Soros is maintaining his dedication to be involved in the politics of his adopted country, although money is not speaking as clearly as might be predicted. One of the progressive movement’s core goals was “Safety and Justice”, and Soros has already put some of his wealth into reshaping the American justice system. He gave $3 million into seven DA campaigns in six states. The African American and Hispanic candidates all ran on progressive platforms reflecting Soros’ goals. Money went into their campaign success, as it also did in a Florida race for a central state attorney. One DA candidate expressed his surprise and gratitude when a higher priced, more effective ad appeared for his success.

Much talk is being directed to the problems of different sentences for black and white men who have committed the same crime. Much discussion and media coverage is now being given to these progressive ideas, and some believe that its Soros’ dedication to the progressive cause that speaks louder than the money.

For many years, George Soros has recognized that the value of money is in what it can do to make a better life for the people of this world. Opinions may vastly differ as to how to use this tool, but few question the fact that it is a powerful one. Soros must certainly be commended for trying to make it work for the best.