Spotlight on Betsy DeVos’ Personal Background and Philanthropy

Betsy DeVos can best be described as a reformer. She started being politically involved while still in college (Calvin College) and has remained active since then. She has been involved in the running of diverse party organizations, campaigns as well as political action committees. Betsy DeVos and her husband always strive to look for inventive solutions to the prevailing social problems in both politics and business. Here is an overview of a recent interview I read about Betsy DeVos, highlighting her family’s involvement in philanthropy and the various financial giving it has done.

Progress of the School Choice Program

I read that Betsy DeVos is so far happy with the progress of the school choice program and remains very optimistic going forward. According to the interview I read, about 250,000 students are currently enrolled in 33 private choice programs that are publicly funded in about 17 states as well as the District of Columbia. Mrs. DeVos went on to explain that the movement is experiencing an accelerating growth as it had managed to record an increase of 40,000 students in the program.

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Betsy DeVos went on to state a few states that are currently enjoying the programs among them Ohio, Louisiana, Florida, Pennsylvania and Arizona. In the interview, I noted that a recently done poll showed a huge increase in popularity of the educational choice program especially among the Latinos. According to Mrs. DeVos, more people are embracing the program due to the failing of the conventional public schools system. People have become more open to various radical reforms like tax, vouchers, education savings accounts and credits.

Motivation to Join the Movement

Betsy DeVos stated that there was no single event that drew her to the movement as it was something more gradual. I read her story that she and her husband, Dick DeVos, made a trip to the Potter’s House Christian School when their children attained the school-going age. The couple noted that the school served a lot of kids from low-income families. They noted the struggles that these parents underwent in order to keep their kids at the school and this motivated them to support the school. This desire to assist such parents drove them to start the same program in various other schools. She also helped her husband set up a charter high school at the Grand Rapids area by hinting the idea to him. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.

About Betsy DeVos

As the American Federation for Children’s chairman, Betsy has been a leader in fighting for reforms necessary to fix the wrecked education system in America. She aims at giving parents a number of options in the education of their children. Her efforts have bore fruit as over a million children are attending the schools of their parents’ choice and are not restricted by their zip code. Together with her husband, they have offered fresh educational opportunities in West Michigan.

A Look At Why George Soros Is Often Targeted By The Right

For over two decades, Soros has been targeted by a number of the most shocking conspiracy theories. However, some looked at the sea of power and identified something different. They saw an invisible hand of an individual they believe is not only just supporting liberal protest movements. In their view, Soros is pushing a global order and controlling the world’s wealth. The prominent billionaire has become a Rorschach test. The left regard him as a rich guy openly backing causes that advance the agendas of the liberals. However, some individuals in the far right view him as nefarious and more sinister despite lacking any proof. For 20 years, some people have seen him as a sort of puppet master, secretly controlling the world’s politics and economy.

In some occasions, Soros has wielded immense power. In the early 1990s, he bet against the British pound. Overnight, the bet broke the monetary system of England and earned Soros over a billion dollars. During the Asian financial crisis towards the end of the 1990s, Soros took similar steps and made huge returns. Many saw him as one who takes advantage of catastrophes. Since then, Soros has become a target of baseless right-wing conspiracy theories given that on the left, he has fewer peers like him. George Soros has been at the core of conspiracy theories since he first rose to the apex of hedge fund managers. Soros became widely known when he gave funds to groups that were seeking to block the re-election bid of President George W. Bush in 2004. His entry into politics and his stand against the Iraq War have been the main reasons behind the many conspiracy theorists claim. Learn more about his profile at businessinsider.com.

According to Michael Vachon, Soros is the enemy of choice of many despots. While several anti-Soros theories blame him of schemes as well as secrecy, his Open Society Foundation is active in its dedication to social justice. According to its site, the foundation has spent over $1.6 billion on Eastern Europe’s democratic development. When he was a child, George fled persecution from the Nazis. He played an important role in bringing capitalism to nations that were initially in the Soviet bloc. Additionally, the foundation has spent over $1.5 billion on democratic reforms, including criminal justice, immigration, and democratic governance in the United States. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.

Soros is among the leading philanthropists in the world. To date, he has donated more than $12 billion to various causes. These funds have supported many people and institutions seeking to fight for freedom of expression, societies that promote justice, transparency, and accountable governments. Often, George’s funding focuses on people facing discrimination. He has donated funds to groups supporting individuals who are pushed to the edges of mainstream society like drug users and sex workers. His network of foundations, The Open Society Foundations, runs its innovative programs in more than 100 countries. Throughout his charity legacy, Soros has remained true to his commitment to fighting the most intractable problems in the world. This information was originally published on Open Society Foundations’ website as elaborated in the following link https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/people/george-soros

$139 Million, The New Number For Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos has given to so many organizations throughout his life that it’s hard to really account for every act of philanthropy, but recently he and his wife Betsy decided to make known the mysterious number due to Betsy being selected as Secretary of Education. According to all known figures and largely excluding any amounts they’ve donated to political campaigns, it’s been found that Dick and Betsy DeVos have given around $139 million over the course of their lives. Dick and Betsy have funneled some of their giving through their business, The Windquest Group while other funds have been given through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation.

 

Dick DeVos’s family has always made philanthropy important in life, something that Dick’s father Richard DeVos Sr. did in conjunction with the company he co-founded in Amway Corporation. Dick started out his career at Amway where he served in various managerial capacities after completing his bachelor’s degree at Northwood University. It didn’t take long before he and his brothers Daniel and Douglas became vice presidents of the company and were tasked with growing the company into new markets. Dick briefly left the company in 1989 and started his own investment company, The Windquest Group that he devotes most of his time to running. But he did serve as CEO of Amway as well from 1993 to 2002.

 

Dick and Betsy have devoted their philanthropy to issues that have not only mattered to their political beliefs, but have also been important to strengthening the Grand Rapids community. School of choice has been their main target area reflected in various reform measures that Dick looked to get through while serving on the Michigan State Board of Education, and also a major part of their scholarship programs at the Education Freedom Fund and Children First America. In addition to education, healthcare has also been an area of philanthropy that even earned Dick the 2006 Spectrum Health Foundation’s Art of Giving award. Dick and Betsy also donated to the Kennedy Center’s institute for arts management in 2012.

 

Besides currently serving as Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos was the former chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party. Dick DeVos once ran in the 2006 gubernatorial race against incumbent Jennifer Granholm hoping to beat her when it came to addressing issues regarding employment and state taxes. While initially he led in the polls, he wasn’t able to perform as well as he had hoped in the debates and came up short on election day. He did continue to work with conservative think tanks and state legislators to enact other reforms including a 2012 right-to-work law. Dick has also served on the board of Grand Action Committee and is the author of Rediscovering American Values.