Over the years I have become increasingly concerned about the direction the U.S. education system was moving in as I saw firsthand how the public school system was failing students across the nation. In the 1990s, I began to become aware of the work being completed by education reformer Betsy DeVos, who I was pleased to see was finally rewarded for more than three decades of success in the education reform community with her promotion to the position of U.S. Secretary of Education; I believe the work Mrs. DeVos has completed as a reformer and as an advocate for at risk students across the state of Michigan have prepared her to take on the most significant role in the U.S. education system and show how successful some new ideas and thinking can be in repairing a failing system. Follow Betsy on Twitter.
Educated at Michigan’s Calvin College, the philanthropic career of Betsy DeVos began in earnest when her own children reached school age prompting Betsy and her husband Dick to begin touring the state of Michigan to find the best possible school for their children. Betsy has stated in interviews about her family and philanthropic work that she cannot identify a single moment when she began feeling she had to do more about the state of the public school system, initially in Michigan and later across the U.S.; instead, Betsy DeVos points to the fact her own mother was a public school teacher and the many visits Mrs. DeVos took to the Potter’s House Christian School as moments she feels were important in forming her opinions about how to move the U.S. public school system forward. I have been impressed by the way Betsy DeVos has sought to expand her own reach as an education reformer who has championed the use of charter schools, including the Michigan charter schools program that has proven to be a major success for students across the state in improving grades across the board.
Although I initially knew of the work of Betsy DeVos in terms of her education reform work I have recently discovered the newly installed Secretary of Education has a long history of success as a philanthropist in many different areas. One of the major beneficiaries of the philanthropic work of Betsy DeVos has been the arts, which Mrs. DeVos believes plays a key role in developing a well rounded community; both the Kennedy Center for the Arts and Grand Rapids, Michigan based ArtPrize have seen major donations made by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. I have been majorly impressed by the work completed by Betsy DeVos in terms of the arts as she was even appointed to the Board of the Kennedy Center at the behest of then President George W. Bush. Visit betsydevos.com to know more about Betsy.
George Soros was born in 1930 in Nazi Hungary during the time of war and fled his country to London where he was able to get the education and other fortunes. Soros was able to join London School of Economics exposing him to the concept of open society from Karl Popper’s philosophy. He started working as a railway porter and waiter before he began his career in finance as a merchant bank. Soros moved to New York and started his hedge fund business in 1969, which later grew to be a Quantum fund. He heavily invests on the Soros Fund Management which has more than $30 billion assets. In 1992 he secured a lot of profits from shortening the British pound. Soros has recently hired Dawn Fitzpatrick as the chief officer of the Foundation.
In 1984, Soros started an open society foundation which was aiming to initiate and provide copy machines to libraries, Universities, civil society groups and the Soviet-dominated Hungary to help in reprinting banned publication. The Foundation advocates for democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, social justice and responsibilities. He uses the ideology to pass his ideas to people in more than 100 countries where the foundation operates. Soros has politically active helping and supporting many local leaders in the great works of overthrowing authoritative governments and their regimes from power like in Ukraine in 200 and Serbia in 2000. H also helped the old Warsaw pact and ex-USSR by advising them on their transition to democracy and free markets. Read more at Politico about George Soros.
George Soros highly critiques the leadership of Donald Trump. Soros has been in the forefront to confront some social injustices the immigrants and refugees face in the hands of the government. The Hungary prime minister says that Soros is very influential and initiative in his way after he asked for a common European policy that will take care of migrants from the tight migration regulations. His foundation also aims to solve social issues affecting the society. Soros is a very active philanthropist donating $500 to investments which address the issues of refugees, migrants, and host communities. He has been giving millions to the Democratic Party.
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Dick and Betsy DeVos have received a lot of critics and attention at the same time for their enormous contribution to the political world and also their support for the community. The question in the minds of many individuals especial y those in the United States is where the funding is coming from. There federal funding cannot be compared to the funding they have been giving the in their philanthropic activities which add up to about $139 million. Betsy DeVos was the United States Education Secretary; her contribution to the Republican candidate in the nation was analyzed before the hearing of being elected as the Education Secretary. At the same time, the couple who resides in West Michigan has raised the pall of their generous funding which is being funded through their family foundation.
During the vetting process for the cabinet position, Betsy said their generous contribution was about $11.6million in 2015. She also mentioned that their charitable giving is double their political funding which has been $5.3million for the last five years. Dick and Betsy DeVos come from a giving family who does not only contribute to the society but great supporters of the Republican Party. Rich DeVos who is the father of Dick and the co-founder of Amway has been a Republican supporter for decades. Rich’s family does not only support politics, but they are significant givers in the society. In 2015 Rich and his children donated $105 million to charity. The family has been great givers, and it has been listed in the Forbes as number 24 in the America’s top givers list. According to Forbes report, the family giving is put to be $1.33 billion which is about a quarter of their $5.2 billion fortune.
The DeVos family believes that education is a priority and that is the reason why they give so much in the education sector. In 2015 the family donated 26% of their giving to the education industry. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation also fund other organizations which support the education sector, and in 2015 3% of their giving went to such organizations. The couple said their giving is a reflection of how they value education. According to the DeVos family, the America education system did not give adequate and the required education to the children and households with a low-income. Over time the couple saw the need giving every child in America proper education as they fulfill the American education dream. It is the responsibilities of the DeVos family to improve the education system and help the talented children from low income earning families get a proper education.