Category Archives: Philanthropy

George Soros, The Financial Revolutionary

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Back in the year 1992, few American entrepreneurs and economists were keen enough to predict the UK Black Wednesday. One was, and he managed to consolidate one billion dollars of profit from floating on the demand and supply forces of foreign currency. He simply sold ten billion dollars to make the profit within one working day. While the fact that he had a European decent could be used to water down the attention to small economic nuances, George Soros had been an American for a long time. The other different achievements that he boasts of bring out this man’s brilliant character. George Soros is both interesting to research into and to analyze.

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Soros was born in Hungary. His birth came at the zenith of the Nazi Regime. Times were hard for people who were any different in the country and whole region. George Soros was denied basic human rights, and even worse, his father was jailed for being Jewish. Nevertheless, despite the odds stacked against the young man, he went on to become a world-acknowledged philanthropist.

The Washington Times reported that George that the people of Ferguson might owe their voices to the charity phenom. The man whose financial assistance in planning and executing the Ferguson protests took issue with the extra-judicial killing of Michael Brown. The killings had attracted a nation-wide debate which ignited the Black Lives Matter Campaign. Politico reports that the campaign had gained so much traction that it couldn’t be ignored. The lawlessness levels had begun to increase to the point of upsetting the current governor’s, Jay Nixon, political influence. The public concern was so huge that it perpetually had the sway a presidential aspirant would need to clinch a victory. Know more on investopedia.com about George Soros.

George Soros has also been noted to work with numerous activist groups. One such group is the Colorlines. The Colorlines is an online site that focuses on reporting matters to do with racism. The news site gets published by Race Forward. For its successful push for its agenda, George Soros commits about 20,000 dollars annually. The philanthropist also contributed 5.4 million dollars to Ferguson and Staten Island. The contribution was to strengthen the push and agitation for police reforms and empowerment. The Hands Up Coalition is yet another beneficiary of Soros’ generosity.

One of George Soros’ most deep-founded beliefs is that democracy is supreme for human life. He believes that in democracy, peace, tranquility, and progress reside. He proposes the formation of an inclusive society. Such convictions are the reason for his strong political persuasions and avid intrusions to how the Democratic Party conducts its business. As a party subscriber, Soros has personally funded great presidential candidates from the party. His participation in the political scene extends further into government and governance. As an independent diplomat, he has had several plots to get involved in the emancipation of the people of several foreign sovereign peoples under dictatorial regimes. He has also been funding the Independent Diplomat who had a big role to play in the liberation of Kosovo and Northern Cyprus.

Indeed, George Soros is a man of the people and the protector of the weak and the vulnerable. George Soros established the Open Society Foundations.

Dick DeVos, Making a Difference

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Dick DeVos, current President of the Windquest group, has stacked up a career in executive positions. Beginning in 1991 and following for three consecutive years, he served as President and CEO of Orlando Magic. Then between 1993 to 2002, DeVos held the position of President at Amway. He was able to successfully open new markets and triple international sales for the company during his time there. Despite his long-standing career, Dick and his wife, Betsy, are also known to me for their abundance of philanthropy.

 

The DeVos’ have given nearly 139 million dollars in charitable donations throughout their lives. In fact, 11.6 million were given in charitable contributions in 2015. The Devos family, including Dick’s father Rich and his four eldest children, contributed 104 million dollars to various charities, getting them 24th place in a ranking of “America’s Top Giver’s”. Twenty-six percent of Dick’s overall donations went to education, and another 3% to groups that work for education reform. He holds firm the belief that all children deserve an equal opportunity to receive a quality education that is not dependent on where they live, which, I believe, is life changing. It is because of this ideal standard that he and his wife support schools that are rigorous, impeccably staffed, and responsible.

 

Five years ago, DeVos proudly launched what was the first aviation-themed charter school with a focus on aeronautical engineering, STEM, and complex robotics. The school welcomed children from 7 surrounding counties, one-third being considered economically disadvantaged and 40% of whom were classed as minorities. The school touts a graduation rate of an unheard of 86% and a graduating class including 15 newly licensed pilots last year. DeVos says he is happy about the statistics but is more concerned with the impact on the students’ lives and the satisfaction of their parents. I find this priority quite refreshing, and believe it should be more encouraged among philanthropists.

 

Dick DeVos also places arts and culture as another main focus in his philanthropy, making up 21% of his contributions in 2015. It amazes me to see a philanthropist of his caliber placing so much into arts and culture, he even went as far as giving 22 million to launch the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. DeVos is adamant to encourage the business side of arts organizations, believing that this painfully neglected side of the arts is crucial to the growth and diversity of the art community. Dick and the rest of the Devos family are not only great philanthropists but are also impressively focused on making their donations as impactful as possible.