Category Archives: Philanthropy

George Soros’ Path to Political Power

The progressive side of the political spectrum has precious few billionaires willing to throw their weight behind it, at least in the United States. So, the rise of George Soros and his return to the political game is a super important step for progressive politicians to get back at it against their big spending right wing opposition. George Soros has mostly been out of the spotlight and out of mainstream politics since his run with Al Gore back in 2004 but something sparked him to return and that something was Donald J. Trump. The 2016 Presidential Election was one of the most divisive moments in the United States political world that didn’t involve a war and the repercussions of Soros return and the election of Trump will be studied for years to come.

George Soros was born in Hungary but he was forced to flee the country when it became occupied by Nazis. Soros saw firsthand how an oppressive, populist regime could terrify and embolden all of the worst concepts of a country and so he has spent the majority of his life combating those very traits. Soros immigrated to London where he would work his way through the London School of Economics, studying the philosophies that would later form the groundwork for his philanthropic giving and political endeavors. Soros would eventually graduate from University before setting sail to America. When he arrived in America, Soros would go on to establish the Soros Hedge Fund and thus work his way up to becoming a self made billionaire. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com

After making his fortune Soros would immediately get to work on making an impact politically. He worked alongside progressives and left leaning democrats in order to create a name for himself, culminating with a semi successful funding of Al Gore in 2004. Now George Soros is back in politics and supporting Hillary Clinton and the rest of the progressive politicians that were running in 2016 and will run again in 2018 and 2020. Michael Vachon, the political adviser to George Soros, said that the primary reason for Soros’ return to politics was simple: the rising tide of dangerous populist rhetoric had raised the stakes so much that he felt obliged to return.

George Soros return was met with progressive adulation and more than a little bit of negativity from conservatives. There are precious few billionaires who are willing to sacrifice their riches for the greater good, but Soros is one of them — a rarity for conservatives. Soros would go on to donate over $25 million to progressives up and down the ticket, including $7 million straight to a pro-Clinton committee. Now with the election over, we can expect Soros to double down and continue to ramp up his support. Read this article at Washington Times.

Education Reformer Betsy Devos Leads by Example

Betsy Devos has been in the front line for education reform for the longest time. She started becoming politically aggressive in her campus years when she joined University politics, and she has never looked back ever since. She has been at the head of many campaign committees, party organizations and other related forums that needed her leadership skills. However, the passion for reform is a family thing as the husband has been active in related matters. In fact, he was a onetime Governor nominee for Michigan on the Republican Party. This was back in 2006.

The couple has a way of looking for solutions through innovations in everything they do be it politics or business. This is clearly seen in their private Windquest Group, which is a close-knit multi-company that has operations in the tech world, manufacturing as well as the clean energy industry. Betsy and her husband founded this in 1989. Visit Betsy’s profile page on Facebook.

However, in addition to the high success in the business world, Betsy is well known for her nonprofit contributions. She holds a number of positions and plays varied roles in the different nonprofits that she is a part of. She serves on both local and national boards and her interest in charity are as diverse as they can get. She is perfectly known as an education reformist, a character that was well revealed as more insight was given in her interview with the philanthropist. The interview revealed much of Betsy’s journey as far as education reform is concerned.

Betsy Devos says that she is proud of the progress that has happened in the self-choice programs in the education sector. She is optimistic with the stats in the District of Columbia where there are at least 33 publicly funded private choice programs running in at least 17 states with more than 250000 students attending. The popularity of these programs with the Latinos is another thing that excites Betsy since she believes that the traditional public schooling system has failed which has forced people to take note and seek for a better quality of education.

The motivation of Betsy DeVos to support education reform was a gradual occurrence hat started back in her children’s school going age when she and her husband kept visiting the Potter’s house Christian school to the point that they became committed supporters of the course. It is at this point that Betsy and her husband began looking at education holistically and supporting other parents. The election of her husband as the head of the state board of education in Michigan provided a platform for the two to be hands-on. This way Betsy was able to organize scholarships and provide real solutions to students that deserved opportunities to pursue a good education but could not afford it. This was how she became involved in the educational choice movement.

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Bruce Levenson and the Do Good Institute Help Create Society’s Next Philanthropists

The work of non-profit organizations across the world are often invaluable sources of relief for untold numbers of people who are afflicted by the many disasters and crisis our world is prone to house. Whether it is providing clean drinking water to remote villages, shoes for disadvantaged youth, or simply making sure that food does not go wasted non-profit organizations are often responsible for many of the humanitarian efforts across the globe.

But as a new generation of philanthropists is born and the world of business is constantly changing, the next wave of leaders within the non-profit sector need a little more help than the previous generation to fix the world’s problems.

The Do Good Institute and Bruce Levenson

Bruce Levenson, the former owner of the NBA favorites, the Atlanta Hawks, turned philanthropists and non-profit investor, created the Do Good Institute in response to one of the major failings Levenson witnessed during his time within the non-profit sector.

Far too often, UCG chairman Bruce Levenson noticed that some wonderful people leading non-profit organizations with valid motives would watch their organization fall apart for various reasons due to a lack of real-world business skills.

So to better equip the next wave of leaders within the non-profit sector, Bruce Levenson, and the Do Good Institute are aiming to teach the students on the University of Maryland’s campus the necessary skill they will need to become successful leaders in the non-profit sector. The program by the Forbes billionaire is still very much in its early stages of creation has become a student favorite for its unique approach to teaching philanthropy and civics.

If you would like to read more about the work being accomplished by the Do Good Institute and Bruce Levenson please read Benzinga.com’s latest piece on the philanthropic efforts of the two.  https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/03/9165680/university-of-marylands-non-profit-initiative-is-changing-higher-education

Why Betsy DeVos Is the Woman to Watch American Policy Formulation and Philanthropy

Betsy DeVos recently became a prominent figure in Donald Trump’s administration as the United States Secretary of Education. Before holding such an influential post in the cabinet, Mrs. DeVos had regularly appeared on the political limelight by donating millions of dollars in philanthropic and political endeavors through the DeVos Family Foundation. From an outsider’s point of view, Betsy possesses the aura of a reformer, dedicated to finding innovative solutions to social problems plaguing citizens irrespective of their location. Aside from devoting ample time to developing sustainable solutions, Betsy serves as the chairperson of the Windquest Group; a privately owned corporation specialized in the development of technology, clean energy and manufacturing.

During a recent interview with the Philanthropy Roundtable, Betsy provided an accurate insight into the woman behind the prolific and glittering career. According to her, education holds a vital place in her heart and such passion has been the source of several projects aimed at improving education standards within the country. For instance, the current enrollment of over 250,000 students across 33 public and privately funded programs is a testament to the great strides covered by Betsy and her highly skilled team. Within the last year alone, more than 40,000 students had enrolled in various educational programs in Virginia, New Hampshire, Arizona and many more. According to a recent poll in five States, the freedom of school choice had gained massive popularity among different scholars.

Public awareness has been a major ingredient to such astronomical success within a short timeframe. Such gains have made students more open to previously undiscussed radical reforms such as tax credits, savings accounts and vouchers. On a more personal level, Betsy DeVos credits the tribulations faced by several kids while pursuing education. With constant advocacy, several institutions such as Children First America, the American Education Reform, and two national charities immediately enlisted her distinguished services.

The establishment of the tax-credit scholarship program tops the list as her best success, especially with the ever-growing number of students enrolled as well as the flexible educational choices on offer.

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Her Influence on Education and Policy

Betsy’s post as chairman of the American Federation for Children( AFC), speaks volumes about her commitment to leading reforms America’s education system. With such a position, she has positively contributed to the enrollment of over one million children in schools of their parents’ choice as opposed to being trapped in their zip code, which inadvertently fails to meet their needs.

Betsy DeVos is undeniably a key figure in the formulation of various policies regarding education. Her vast experience in several Republican leadership roles has come in handy in the identification of suitable strategies aimed at solving several political challenges. More importantly, her interactions with President Gerald Ford in 1976 have immensely contributed to political reforms in the country.

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