George Soros in the Fight for Progress

George Soros is spreading his knowledge and wisdom throughout the world by supporting independence from systems of government that promote reclusive, self-serving goals. As one of the world’s most famous philanthropists, George has dedicated over 12 billion dollars towards humanitarian efforts. His efforts serve to give support in the fight against the type of discrimination he suffered as a child at the hands of a totalitarian regime.

Soros was born in 1930 to a Jewish family living in Budapest, Hungary, and they lived through the Nazi occupation of 1944 and 1945 when George was just a teenager. Through this experience he and his parents Tividar and Erzebat learned the importance of helping others and working together in order to survive. By changing their last name and securing false identities they were able to help others conceal their heritage and avoid becoming part of the 500,000 Hungarians who were exterminated by the Nazis. Read his profile at Washington Times.

After the war communism dominated the political theater of his region, prompting Soros to develop a worldview that rejected totalitarianism and the influence of indoctrination these systems sought to impose. His biography explains that his study of Karl Popper helped to develop a philosophy that supported human growth and progress through the liberation of thought and respect for human rights. This led him to understand that creativity flourishes when the mind is free from the constraints of oppressive ideologies. After finishing his studies at the London School of Economics, Soros immigrated to America and established the Soros Fund Management hedge fund, which gained support from some of the most successful investors in the United States. His success allowed him to establish a foundation with the sole purpose of advancing personal and intellectual freedom for suppressed people around the world. (www.biography.com/people/george-soros)

Through his organization, the Open Society Foundations, George Soros supports the advancement of “justice, education, public health, business development, and independent media” in more than 100 countries suffering from economic and political disadvantages. Serving as a hub for humanitarian efforts, Soros provided a foundation for others to coordinate their efforts to establish a more dominating platform in the fight against totalitarianism. (www.opensocietyfoundations.org)

For George, many of society’s problems stem from philosophies that serve to oppress individualism through government control and a lack of opportunity. Using his influence to combat inequality, his efforts have advanced progress on issues most would think were impossible to fix. George prides himself on his commitment to the forgotten. By standing up for people others have given up on, his example will influence a new generation towards the understanding that our success as a species relies on compassion, empathy, and cooperation. Learn more about his profile at businessinsider.com

Dick and Betsy DeVos Opens Up on Their Philanthropic and Political Giving

With the appointment of Betsy DeVos as the Education Secretary in Donald Trump’s administration, a rigorous vetting process ensued. Betsy and her husband, Dick DeVos, were required to make public all their philanthropic and political donations. The couple took the chance to prove critics wrong, especially because some argued that the DeVoses were contributing too much to political campaigns. From the data released, it was clear that contrary to critics’ arguments, philanthropy took the lion share of the couple’s cumulative donations.

 

Going by the data presented to the federal government, Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donated $5.3 million to political campaigns from 2011 to 2015. The data also showed that the couple gave $11.6 million to philanthropy in 2015, which roughly translates to over 200 percent of philanthropic donations over the said period.

 

 

Education Funding

 

Narrowing down to the couple’s philanthropic donations in 2015, a sizeable percentage of it went to educational ends. According to Dick DeVos, this is a clear indication of their commitment to revolutionizing education systems in the United States. In an interview with MLive and The Grand Rapids Press, Dick lamented over the inadequacies of the school system in the country. He argued that zip codes were barring some kids from accessing quality education, against the American dream. Changing this unfortunate reality remains as the DeVoses primary philanthropic agenda.

 

Most of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation’s donations in 2013 were directed towards Michigan schools. The main beneficiaries of these donations were West Michigan Aviation Academy and Potter’s House in Wyoming, with each receiving over $300,000. Other recipients include the Ferris State University, Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning, and Northwood University in Midland.

 

Critics argued that the donations made by Dick and Betsy were geared towards advancing a selfish political agenda. Responding to these unfounded claims, Mark Brewer, a brilliant American attorney, said that the donation records were available for anyone who cared to verify. The DeVoses spokesperson, John Truscott, stated that the data would have been made public regardless of whether the vetting panel asked for it.

 

 

More about Dick DeVos

 

Dick DeVos is a BBA graduate from Northwood University in Midland, an institution he has been giving huge financial donations. A native of Grand Rapids, Dick has an impressive entrepreneurial profile in the region. For over seven years, DeVos has been sitting on the board of directors at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. He has also been chairing the Grand Action Committee since 1992. Dick is the president of The Windquest Group as well as the founder and chairman of West Michigan Aviation Academy.