The Philanthropy And Career Of Dick Devos

Dick DeVos is a highly successful entrepreneur who was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1955. He’s been a philanthropist his entire adult life but has never lifted the veil of just how much he and his wife, Betsy DeVos, have given away over the years through their Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. In a recent interview he revealed that they have given away close to $140 million.

The largest type of donation Dick DeVos makes is to educational causes and in 2015 he and Betsy gave $11.6 million to nonprofits in that industry. He is a strong supporter of educational reform as he says the current public school system is fundamentally broken. Children in rich zip codes receive a great education while those in a zip code made up of a lot of low-income families receive few resources or support. This is inherently unfair to poor children and is a system that Dick has dedicated large amounts of money to change. He believes that parents should have a choice in what schools their children attend including private and charter schools which have been shown to provide a much better education than public schools do.

In 2015, the Devos’ gave $2.4 million to art & culture nonprofits. They support ArtPrize which is an art competition that has taken place in Grand Rapids since 2009. They also support the Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management which is developing the next generation of business leaders in the arts & culture industry.

Dick DeVos’ father is Richard DeVos, a co-founder of the international firm Amway. He joined Amway himself after graduating from Northwood University with a degree in Business Administration. He was involved in many aspects of the company including sales, finance, manufacturing and research & development. In 1984 he was named one of the company Vice President’s and he was instrumental in greatly increasing Amway’s international sales. In 1993 he was named the company’s President when he succeeded his father in this position.

The Windquest Group is a privately held investment firm that was co-founded by Dick and Betsy DeVos in 1989. This company primarily invests in manufacturing and technology firms. They were an early investor in alternative energy and hired a specialist in this industry in order to be successful in it. Dick has said that sustainability is the wave of the future. The company’s he invests in need to be both environmentally and economically sustainable. He has said that he doesn’t invest in companies that rely on subsidies and tax credits because once those go away the company will inevitably fail. He only invests in companies that don’t rely on government handouts in order to be successful

 

The Billionaire George Soros Puts Political Donations to the Side to Focus on Refugees

George Soros is one of the wealthiest hedge fund managers on the planet. He chose his profession because he realized that money is what makes the world go around. He also knew he had personal interests that he strongly desired to be able to fulfill. His drive for financial success on opensocietyfoundations.org allowed him to create foundations and give donations toward issues that concern him.

Over the years he has put quite a bit toward his Open Society Foundation. George Soros’ Open Society Foundation is to create societies that have freedom of expression, transparency, and government that is accountable for their actions. Additionally, the Open Society Foundation fights for equality around the world. Soros has donated an estimated $12 billion to society and equality issues that concern him.

Mr. George Soros has donated a considerable amount to politicians he believes in. He generally donates to candidates who will fight for the similar causes of his Open Society Foundation. He recently donated quite a bit to the Clinton American presidential campaign, because he had faith in her fighting for equality, freedom of expression, and transparency. Clinton did not win. The candidate who did win -Donald Trump- has been vocal about his disdain for the refugee crisis and has shown considerable disdain for freedom of expression and transparency.

The Syrian refugee crisis is an issue that George Soros feels strongly about. He lived in Hungary during the Nazi occupation. His family were non-practicing Jews and they openly resisted by obtaining new identity paperwork. Some 500,000 Hungarian Jews died during the Nazi occupation. See on discoverthenetworks.org. The Soros family left Hungary at some point and became migrants in Great Britain. George Soros knows what it is like to resist, survive war, flee from genocide, and leave your country in hope for a safer and better life. He may not know exactly what the Syrian refugees are going through, as their story is somewhat different. Their plight has still struck him as somewhat similar to his own. He has donated $500 million to the refugees in Europe. This money is intended to help them get on their feet and start businesses of their own.

The philanthropy of George Soros and others like him may be more necessary going forward. The American President Trump is focused on nationalism, silencing press he disagrees with, and incriminating refugees to dehumanize the refugee crisis in the eyes of his followers. Now more than ever Americans and other parts of the free world ought to protect their country’s transparency and equality. Reported on project-syndicate.org.