There have been many reasons why the name George Soros is both loved and feared in the U.S., particularly the misinterpretation of his political role within the left leaning Democratic Party in the nation. However, Politico makes it clear George Soros has actually played a very minor role in the U.S. political system in recent years as he decided in 2004 to take a step back from playing a key role in the Democratic Party in terms of financial giving; it is true to say George Soros played a major role in the 2004 election when he decided to back John Kerry’s attempt to defeat incumbent President George W. Bush with around $27 million in campaign donations. Following this major donation in 2004, George Soros made only minor donations in 2008 and 2012 as he began to feel the level of influence wealthy donors like himself had on the U.S. political system was obscene and needed to undergo major change. Learn more about his profile at businessinsider.com
Despite remaining opposed to the vast levels of giving permitted by the Citizen United decision of 2010, George Soros spotted the major problems the world was facing in 2015 with the rise of right wing groups making inroads into major political parties across the world. George Soros thus made the decision to return to major political giving in support of the candidacy of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with around $25 million provided directly to the Clinton campaign and to the PAC’s that supported her through the 2016 election campaign. The need to fight right wing groups remains important for George Soros after his own early life was marred by the problems he faced as a young person born in Hungary in 1930, Soros himself was forced to hide his Jewish heritage to survive the Holocaust of World War II that saw over 500,000 members of the Jewish community in the nation murdered by the occupying Nazi forces. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.
George Soros has been backing good causes in the world to fight for social justice for minority groups since the establishment of the Open Society Foundations in the 1980s. The Washington Times reports the importance of the donations made by George Soros to various groups became important during the Ferguson protests of 2014 when groups receiving annual donations from Soros totaling $33 million per year became important to the cause of protesting the shooting of Michael Brown in the Missouri city. Human rights and a fair criminal justice system are among the major causes backed by George Soros through his charitable giving, which includes many groups that have become important to the growth of the “Black Lives Matter” movement that began as a social media based hash tag before growing to become one of the most important protest movements in the world.
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Betsy DeVos, the current U.S. Secretary of Education, has the vision to provide high-quality education system to the country. If anyone has a question on her eligibility, I have the answer for them that there is no one there more eligible than her considering Betsy’s long years of education activism and initiatives to bring quality education to the children in the country. Apart from an education activist, she is renowned as one of the top contributors to various philanthropic causes in the country. She envisions high-quality education for all children that helps them to chase their dreams without any discrimination in case of race, sex, language, etc.
During her education activity days, she proposed a number of innovative solutions to make the education sector very competitive and thus high-quality. Her ideas including the school of choice, the charter system, etc., well decorated to make the quality education for even the lowest class of the society. I always wanted to congratulate her efforts that made significant changes in wherever it applied. We must understand the meaning of even Democrats supporting and implementing her initiatives especially, the concept of the school of choice. The fact that the initiatives got a widespread acceptance is really enthralling an educational activist like me. She also has a better perception of the technology changes and accepts digital learning as an option, though she thinks it is still in the infancy stage.
She and her husband Dick DeVos are very keen on spending their time in the education sector. They set up a foundation called Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation to initiate their spending on various causes. Interestingly, a major share of their contributions goes to education uplift. To encourage arts, her family established ArtPrize in 2009, and that conducts art competitions every year in Grand Rapids. She is on the board of directors of a number of non-profit organizations, education groups, and departments such as Philanthropy Roundtable, American Federation for Children, and Foundation for Excellence in Education, Alliance for School Choice, DeVos Institute of Arts Management, etc. I admire her dedication as she spends most of her time in activism and philanthropic work than running her personal businesses. Visit dbdvfoundation.org to know more about their foundation.
Betsy completed her graduation from Calvin College located in Grand Rapids. Betsy DeVos is a long-time associate of Republican Party and held the post of Chairman of Michigan Republican Party four times. She and Dick founded The Windquest Group in 1989, a privately held investment management firm run by both she and Dick. She was the Chairman of the firm until recently, and it invests in manufacturing, clean energy, and technology. Many of the Americans including me seeing her elevation with great expectation, and she would make all her efforts to fulfill her vision by overcoming the challenges that are blocking quality education for all. Check this related article from nypost.com.
Dick DeVos is a philanthropist with his hands in many endeavors. He is president of the Dick and Betsy DeVos foundation. The foundation has helped lives by donating thousands of dollars to many community organizations. One of the organizations funded by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is Kids Hope USA. This demonstrates DeVos’s will to help and empathy for at-risk children as Kids Hope USA helps them by forming school-church relationships to guarantee the children receive mentoring. DeVos also helped form The Dick & Betsy DeVos Scholarship. A scholarship that is open to students from developing countries. DeVos has helped open more opportunities in aviation by creating the first aviation public charter school. It is called the West Michigan Aviation Academy, formed in 2010. He also is a well renowned civic leader as he developed Grand Action. Grand Action is a project that DeVos lead to initiate real change in the downtown Detroit area. This was formed as a result of the authorities in Detroit making plans they never would follow up on. Devos helped fund research on Lake Macatawa to help find it’s pollution sources, demonstrating DeVos’ genuine care for our environment and animal habitats. Everybody deserves a clean environment and drinking water and the people of Holland greatly benefited from DeVo’s efforts. DeVos has also donated a good portion of time and money towards free-market economics. He donated to the Action Institute for the study of religion and liberty. The Action Institute is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a heavy promoter of free market economics. In conclusion, Devos’ actions have greatly effected many communities and has given hope and chances to people that may not have gotten one if not for Devos. Dick DeVos is a philanthropist to remember.