Betsy Devos is a woman of steel

Betsy Devos is the wife to Dick Devos and together they have channeled millions of dollars to charity organizations. They began a foundation aimed towards philanthropy in their community in 1989 known as the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. In 2015 alone, they gave out more than 10 million dollars for different charity events and had pledged about 3.2 million dollars to be paid in the later years. Betsy was brought up in Michigan and after she was born in 1958. She has a BA in business economics from the Calvin College. She has been active in politics as a member of the Republican Party since 1982. Betsy DeVos has held different positions in the party such as the Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman. She was elected and appointed as the Secretary of Education in the United States of America since 2016.

 

 

Most of their charities are geared towards the education of children. A good example is the 400,000 dollars they gave to Loudspeaker Media Inc. to assist Campbell Brown anchor the education site she was advocating for. They later funded Campbell with another 400,000 dollars to boost the Partnership for Educational Justice. 150,000 dollars has been given to Success Academy Charter Schools with a pending approved pledge of the same amount for a later date. The nonprofit organization – GREAT Schools and the Christian school -The Potter’s House have also been beneficiaries of these grants and funding’s from the foundation. The Alliance for School Choice received 100, 000 dollars from the Foundation. Betsy previously worked as a chair at the American Federation for Children, which relates closely with The Alliance for School Choice before stepping down. Another beneficiary of the Foundation is the Foundation for Excellence in Education which received 50,000 dollars. The management of Art Institute that took up the DeVos name at the University of Maryland College Park Foundation was given half a million dollars. Davenport University, Rollins College, Ferris State University, The School of Missionary Aviation Technology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medical Center among others have been part of the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation’s beneficiaries over the years.

 

 

The Foundation is also focused on funding organizations that are conservative in nature. Betsy as a member of the America Enterprise Institute for Public Policy board used her family foundation to donate 750, 000 dollars to the think-tank in Washington D.C. They have also approved a pledge of 1 million to be granted to the same organization in the near future. Apart from that, a funding of 10, 000 dollars has been donated to the Institute for Justice to continue funding lawsuits related to schools. A further 6,500 dollars was given to Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Inc. to proceed with their good work of promoting college viewpoints that are conservative in nature.

 

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Dick DeVos, Building Society through Charitable Giving

No man loves to give back to society like the wealthy, mighty, and influential Dick DeVos. Having so generously been blessed by the means, Dick DeVos has become more of a blessing to strangers and friends. Today, Dick DeVos gets celebrated for his role in helping raise funds for the expansion of The John F. Kennedy Center. When complete, The John F. Kennedy Center will host a riverfront pavilion, an extension of the existing center, a pedestrian bridge, office complexes, dining space, educational facilities, and rehearsal spaces.

 

Initially, the campaign had planned to raise a total of $125 million for the entire project. However, significant design changes called for an additional $19.5 million. Presently, the campaign has raised a total amount of $135.9 million. In four years, the campaign has brought together the American people, a testament to the love that the national community has towards arts and culture. When the facility opens its doors to the world in 2018, it will serve more than three million individuals annually.

 

Some of the biggest contributors to The John F. Kennedy Center expansion campaign include the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, David M. Rubenstein, The Boeing Co., Jacqueline Mars, The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, and Iris Smith among many others. As a man who has always inspired confidence among the masses, Dick DeVos also happens to be a devoted entrepreneur and author.

 

Dick DeVos also has a shared passion with his wife Betsy to participate in active politics. It is at the age of fifty-one years that Dick DeVos tried his hand in contesting for a top government position as the Governor of Michigan. As a staunch Republican, Dick DeVos has since maintained close ties with the national party through philanthropy. Above all, Dick is an active participant in the civic leadership of his country. To date, DeVos has still advocated for the local interests of the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan and Grand Action.

 

Through his time, Dick DeVos has helped the American people rediscover themselves. It is in 1998 that he authored the book, ‘Rediscovering American Values,’ a piece that at the time became a New York Best Seller. Dick DeVos is a man that has withstood the test of time and lived to see another day. As the recipient of the Art of Giving Award, Dick DeVos has stood with the American people, inspiring both old and young people.

 

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Troy McQuagge Is The Winner At The 2016 One Planet Business And Professional Excellence Awards

USHEALTH Group, Inc. CEO is Troy McQuagge. Everyone in the company is delighted about the fact that he has been named as the Gold Winner. This means that he is CEO of the Year and has been nominated for the prestigious One Planet℠ Awards. These are global premier awards program that honors professional excellence in general. This is not limited to any industry as such. In fact, anybody from any industry can be nominated and win this award. In the same way, it is not limited to any country or any area specifically. Anybody belonging to any place around the world can apply for these awards. Any kind of organizations from anywhere in the world is eligible to submit their nominations. Hence they can be public or private, or even for-profit or non-profit firm. It can be a large company or a small one or just a start-up.

Troy McQuagge has been with USHEALTH since 2010. He started his work here by re-building its distribution agency, USHEALTH Advisors. He was able to achieve a lot of success here as he could re-tool the Advisors. This led to the election of Troy McQuagge as the President and CEO of USHEALTH Group, Inc. This happened in 2014. It was during his tenure that USHEALTH Group, Inc. managed to register exceptional growth and success.This is why this award cannot belong to Troy McQuagge alone. It has to belong to everyone in the company. After all, the growth and profitability that has been achieved in the highly competitive individual health insurance market cannot be contributed to one person alone. Each person in the company is responsible for this unique achievement.

Troy McQuagge stated that this award would motivate them to work harder and strive to provide better services to their esteemed clients. Presently the One Planet Awards are recognizing companies for their excellence in business and professional achievements. The categories include sections for executives, teams, as well as new products besides services. Next are categories that include PR, Marketing, along with Corporate Communications. Hence these are highly coveted awards for anybody, anywhere in any industry.

The Good Side of the Devos Family

According to a report released recently, Dick and Betsy DeVos have become acquainted with criticism and attention especially for the large political donations they make to the Republican Party. Over their entire life, the Devos family has given over $139 million to charitable causes. This makes their political contributions pocket change. According to a report by the federal government, Betsy and Dick DeVos made a donation of $5.3 million in the form of campaign donations in the year 2015. On the other hand, the family made a donation of $11.5 million to charity organizations in the year 2015.

 

The Family has been involved in the Republican Party politics for a while. In the year 2015, the larger Devos family made a contribution of $104 million to charity donations. This meant that the family became the 24th most generous family by the Forbes Magazine. This also meant that the family had spent a quarter of their wealth on donation. The family has an estimated wealth of $5.2 billion, and it is estimated that they have donated more than $1.33 billion. Betsy DeVos has a Dutch descent as his father was Edgar Prince who was also a notable philanthropist.

 

A recent report showed that the family allocated over $3 billion to educational causes in the year 2015. This meant that the family used 26 percent of their donations to education. At the same time, 3 percent of their donations was driven towards education reforms. The family said that they made this donation as they felt that the current system was underachieving in the fulfillment of the American Dream. The family feels that despite some teachers and administrators dedicating their life to children’s education, there is still room for improvement.

 

Some of the beneficiaries of this fund include the Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids that received 50 grand, the Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning that received 25 grand, the Ferris State University Big Rapids that received 100 grand as well as West Michigan Aviation College that received 315 grand and Northwood University Midland that benefited with 200 grand. Other than education, the couple also supports art and culture. In the year 2015, they spent over $2. 4 million on the agenda. This makes it 21 percent of their donations. The good thing about their donations is that there are no strings attached. There is no specification on how their money should be spent.

 

Dick DeVos was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan 67 years ago. He holds a degree from Northwood University where he majored in business administration. He also holds honorary doctorates from several institutions such as Central Michigan University, Grove City College, and Northwood University.

 

He has been involved with Amway Corporation since the year 1974. During this period, he has held several positions such as president, chief executive officer, and senior vice president. He has also worked with the Orlando Magic.

Billionaire George Soros the Philanthropic Political Activist

George Soros is a Hungarian and among the most successful businessmen in the United States. He was born on August twelve 1930. His businesses are widely spread, and he serves as the chairman of Soros Fund Management. George Soros is on the list of top 30 richest people the world has. He has been involved in political activism fighting for good governance, and he is also in a lot of philanthropic activities. He has for a long time supported America progressive and liberal politics. George Soros has contributed over eleven billion USD towards philanthropic activities. In the late 1980s and early 1980s, Soros had a very vital contribution that saw Eastern Europe transition swiftly from being a communist country to a capitalist. Soros attended London School of Economics, and he earned a bachelor of science and a master of science in philosophy in 1954.

Even at 85 years, George Soros is still active in day to day running of his family businesses. In the recently concluded United States elections Soros was actively involved and supported Hilary Clinton and democratic activities and even other candidates who were vying for different political seats. George Soros contributed twenty-five million dollars which were a very good way to show his support for Hilary Clinton. In the 2004 elections in the United States George Soros supported democratic causes by contributing twenty-seven million US dollars. George Soros is a risk taker entrepreneur and will never back off whenever an opportunity to increase his worth comes across he recently got an estimated twenty-four billion US dollars from currency trades that many investors are wary of. George has never allowed fear to hold him back an attribute that should motivate any entrepreneur. George Soros had plans to attend the first Democratic convention to watch Hilary Clinton accept the Democratic nomination, but he had to closely follow how Europe economic situation is, making him cancel the Democratic convention.

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Here’s How George Soros’s Latest Predictions Have Played Out

People close to George Soros said during the elections he was involved in politics than he had ever been citing it to a lot of faith he had in Hilary Clinton whom they have over twenty-five years relationship. He was also not supporting the president-elect Donald Trump who he accused of causing fear. Michael Vashon who advises George Soros on political issues said that Soros contributions in the just ended elections were exceptional though for a long time George Soros has been supporting democratic activities. He even motivated more rich political activists to contribute to Hilary Clinton campaign which was a good sign for her. Among the other activists who got motivated by George Soros contributions and gave good cash for Clinton’s campaign were Tom Steyer an environmentalist, Don Sussman a New York hedge funder and Heim Saban who runs media business. The money the rich activists contributed went a long way to help Hilary Clinton campaign successfully. Though Clinton didn’t win, the elections losing to Donald Trump. George Soros doesn’t regret he contributed to a good cause. George Soros never seems at any time to stop funding the democratic activities he didn’t want John Kerry to win in 2004 and even at that time he committed billions that saw Bush re-elected. He has numerous international foundations that he has supported for a long time. George Soros has a big heart, and his good deeds and commitment to serve and help the needy is a challenge to us to do what we can to our position to help a needy person.

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True Colors: George Soros And The Nature Of Ethics

While brilliant billionaire philanthropist George Soros is no stranger to the trollish antics of contentious conservatives attempting to garner attention and he knows not to pay them much attention, it is interesting when his critics are caught openly trying to spread disinformation. Recently someone attacking George Soros did just that, and dug himself a grave in the public eye. James O’Keefe, a well known conservative agitator accidentally self-sabotaged his attempt to get inside access to an organization financially backed by George Soros himself. Soros’ said organization is part of his Open Society Foundations, a network functioning to disburse grants to civil society groups. O’Keefe managed to throw himself under the bus when he called one of the foundations and after introducing himself as ‘Victor Kesh’ in a message, that included conservative activist subsequently outing himself because he forgot he hadn’t hung up the phone and continued to talk to someone present during his call, accidentally revealing his true colors. O’Keefe called Dana Geraghty, proclaiming to be of Hungarian descent, like Soros’ himself, and awkwardly mumbling about wanting to help the foundation. The voicemail continued after O’Keefe kept talking after he though he hung up. The message left on Geraghty’s voicemail features O’Keefe participating in a ten minute talk with a group of other unidentified men detailing what he planned to do within the Soros’ sponsored group. Despite James O’Keefe demonstrating himself to be a dishonest and bitter political contrarian willing to troll the lowest of depths for political attention, he additionally showed himself to be profoundly technologically incompetent. Geraghty and her colleagues were both disturbed and amused by James O’Keefe’s strange, embittered rhetoric that reflects the recklessness and ethical poverty of the political opposition to a wildly admired man like George Soros who personifies what a powerful man can do when he is singularly concerned with positivity and making the world a better place for everyone, including those who might disagree with his ideas.
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A true role model, a figure emblematic of progressive values, full of life experience, who is actively concerned with the well-being of humanity, look no further than George Soros. From Budapest, Hungary, Soros was born in 1930, and survived World War II in a country occupied by Nazi Germany. In the late forties, Soros managed to find his way out of his home country, then overran by communists and landed in England in 1947. He obtained an education at the London School of Economics before eventually settling in the United States.

Concerning his overall success, Soros is known for starting and running both Open Society Foundations and Soros Fund Management. He is an artist when it comes to financial investment on an international scale. George Soros is perhaps even more known for his philanthropy since the late seventies. His Open Society Foundations are facilitating the perpetuation of human rights and the establishment of societal transparency. In short, Soros is the epitome of humanist. He’s earned everything he has and is actually concerned with helping the globe. 
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Dick DeVos Helps Develop Young Sailors

The 2016 Gold Cup in sailing, hosted by Lauderdale yacht club went off without a hitch. Day two of the racing action in Fort Lauderdale Florida was exciting. Dick DeVos led by a single point. The reigning world champion Alessandro Romebelli was in second place. Ben Schwartz on Pisces was in third place, followed by Richard Goransson’s Inga in fourth. Rick DeVos on Delta was in fifth place. The major issue of the day though was the high infiltration of young sailors courtesy of the Lauderdale yacht club sailing foundation. This allows each boat to carry a junior sailor on-board, giving them the experience of working with expert, experienced sailors.This is just one of the charitable events Dick DeVos is involved with.

He has spent his adult life working in executive positions at companies like Amway, Orlando Magic and Windquest Group. The organization has awarded more than 4000 scholarships to underprivileged children in the region. He also started and supports the West Michigan Aviation Academy. This is a high school that provides a rigorous education program focused on aviation. This stems from his personal interest in aviation. He is a licensed jet aircraft and helicopter pilot. Dick has also served on the State Board of Education.

Dick DeVos is a co-chair to the Grand Action Group which is been a leader in revitalizing downtown Grand Rapids Michigan. He serves as a board member of several organizations including RTV Corporation, Willow Creek Association, Spectrum Health System and other local organizations. He wrote a book “Rediscovering American Values” in 1997 which reached the New York Times bestseller list.

Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy have four children and two grandchildren. They have spent their lives working hard and supporting charities that support the development of young people in the Michigan area .