Dick DeVos: Unimaginable Compassion

As a proud American, I would be thrilled to visit a place that honors our veterans and former presidents, celebrates the unique artistic talents of our youth, and seeks to educate our great nation about its heritage. Where can such a place be found? Thanks to the incredibly generous financial support provided by great Americans like Dick DeVos and his wife, Betsy DeVos, current United States Secretary of Education, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. will undergo a tremendous expansion in the very near future to accomplish all of these goals and more. I cannot wait to visit our nation’s capitol for the very first time once the expansion is complete. I am confident the Kennedy Center will open my eyes to the rich history and culture of the greatest nation on Earth.

 

Rarely do you find a dedicated American like Dick DeVos: former President of the multi-billion dollar Amway corporation, past CEO of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, founder of the Education Freedom Fund which provides scholarships to children in Michigan, and 2006 Republican candidate for Governor of Michigan. Don’t forget DeVos’ passion for Grand Rapids’ medical community for which he has led efforts to improve health care centers, a heart hospital, and a medical school. Did I forget to mention that DeVos published a New York Times best-selling book in 1997? (“Rediscovering American Values“)

 

DeVos’ devotion to the success of America’s youth is undeniable. In 2016, as honorary program chair of the Boy Scouts Of America’s “Build Character Today, Lead Tomorrow” campaign. DeVos helped the Boy Scouts raise over $1 million for the campaign which seeks to provide educational programs in science, math, and technology. DeVos’ own experiences in the Boy Scouts impacted his life greatly and he wants other boys, particularly in urban areas, to receive the lessons and opportunities the Boy Scouts provide.

 

Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy (United States Secretary of Education) have dedicated their lives and personal finances to charitable giving of all kinds. The pair formed the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989 and have been making a real difference in the areas of medicine, education, and in the arts and culture that make America great. Married for more than three decades, the couple has truly spent their lives serving America.

 

Mr. DeVos is nothing short of a hero. America is lucky to have him as he champions for so many worthy causes. To use one’s own blessings to better the lives of others is admirable and certainly representative of America’s finest.

 

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Billionaire George Soros Makes a Major Comeback in the Political Giving Arena

Billionaire and renowned philanthropist, George Soros, has a reputation that continuously attracts a lot of media and public attention. He maintains a high rank when it comes to his massive political giving. In fact, in 2004, Soros spent a whopping $27 million in an attempt to bar President George W. Bush from his presidential reelection bid. The reelection of President Bush caused Soros to dial down his political giving. However, this situation changed last year during the 2016 US general elections after he reemerged as one of the top funders of Democratic politics.

Records from the Federal Election Commission cited that Soros committed over $25 million to support both Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidate hopefuls. As if that was not enough, Soros’ close associates expected more spending on political donations before the Election Day. Additionally, they noted that George Soros appeared to be more politically motivated and engaged than in previous years. They attributed this new energy to the combination of his fear for Donald Trump and faith in Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

Aside from funding political causes, George Soros has created a name for himself due to his massive support for various movements and organizations. The Ferguson protest movement placed Soros in the limelight after he donated at least $33miliion to the movement in a single year. The money was meant to back the already-established groups, which supported the Ferguson-based grassroots, on-the- ground activists.

Over the years, George Soros has encouraged the Ferguson protest movement not only through funding but also through mobilizing groups all over the United States. This information was sourced from interviews with various key players and financial records obtained and analyzed by The Washington Times.

George Soros in Brief

George Soros is one of the prominent supporters of democratic causes and ideals globally. In fact, he spearheads the support for such causes through his philanthropic organization dubbed as the Open Society Foundations. Through massive funding, Soros has demonstrated support for organizations and individuals fighting for transparency, freedom of expression, accountable government and societies that promote equality and justice. Additionally, he has supported other groups such as those representing Europe’s Roma people and those cast away by the mainstream society like the LGBTI and sex workers.

Soros had a rough upbringing whereby he escaped death in his native country, Hungary, by fleeing to London. In London, he got an opportunity to acquire knowledge at the London School of Economics while working as a waiter and railway porter. His education came in handy after moving to the US, as he was not only in a position to secure a job but also establish his hedge fund, Quantum Fund. This marked the start of Soros’ climb into wealth and prominence in the US and the rest of the world. Learn more about his profile at Forbes.com

Sources:

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/george-soros-democratic-convention-226267

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/14/george-soros-funds-ferguson-protests-hopes-to-spur/

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