Someone had to first observe the most obvious ideas and then act upon them for any human invention to take shape. It even took centuries how to figure out fire and the wheel, two of the simplest technologies in the current human lexicon. Even today, people can seize upon an idea that seems obvious but that has not been done. Francisco Domenech stumbled upon such an idea when he started the Young Democrats organization at the University of Puerto Rico.
Today Francisco Domenech can be found at Politank when he is not busy raising his two daughters. Here, he organizes Democratic political campaigns throughout the island. To maintain the edge he needs in his current job, he spends the day reading national and local news and answering e-mails for his contacts. Most of these tasks are done early in the morning, but he still finds time to spend with his two daughters before sending them off to school. Follow Francisco Domenech on twitter for more updates.
His work day normally finds him talking to local politicians and helping them with various local issues, but he has found himself working on campaigns with a larger focus as well. During the 2016 presidential election, he worked with the Hillary Clinton campaign team. The female Clinton lost in the end, but that has not deterred Domenech. He knows there will be other campaigns in the future.
The current state of the nation makes it hard for many Democrats to be optimistic, but Domenech maintains his positivity. Although he understands the temptation for people to give up, he says that it is more important than ever for people to oppose the agenda of the current administration. Creativity will be the best solution, and Domenech routinely comes up with creative political solutions to the island’s current problems. Perhaps the most important thing he offers is hope.
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A philanthropist is someone who has given of their time and/or money in a desire to help promote the welfare of others. One person that comes to mind when I think of great contributors is Betsy Devos. I learned about Mrs. Devos as a young mother when my kids became school aged. I’ve always read and studied who was contributing to change with their generosity, so naturally my curiosity in philanthropy sent me on a quest to see who was making an effort to affect change in education one of the most important building blocks for children.
Betsy Devos was born in Holland Michigan, in 1958. Her mother was a public school teacher which might have been a contributing factor to her early interest in Education. Mrs. Devos earned her bachelor of Arts degreee from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is married to Dick Devos a successful business owner and community activist. She has been involved in many charity works but there were three in particular that caught my attention: Potter House Christian School, Children First America an
d American Federation for Children.
Potter House Christian School is a school that was funded in 1981 by a young group of college graduates. Betsy Devos visited this school when her kids became school-aged. She continued to visit and learn about the culture of the school and the kids that attended there. After a few visits Betsy Devos decided to financially support individual students in a effort to ease the burden of those parents who sent their kids there even though the tuition payments were a great sacrifice for their mid-income house hold budgets. Her contribution grew overtime and she now supports the school on a significant level.
Children First America
Children First America funds 88 programs across the United States to enable low-income youth to attend private schools and religious schools. This is paramount to giving children and parents of limited resources more choices. During the 1990s Mrs.Devos served on the board of this organization.
American Federation for Children
American Federation for Children is focused on breaking boundaries regardless of where you may reside. For years America has been following zone schooling which is a system that might have worked well in the past but can benefit from been upgraded. AFC focuses on allowing children to attend a quality school, in a zip code other than theirs. Mrs. Devos also served on the board on this institution. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table
Betsy Devos is what I like to refer to as a philanthropist with a reformist heart. She is not only a huge financial contributor in our society but also a person seeking change within one of the most important building blocks of society and our American legacy, education.
End Citizens United began in 2015 as a committee seeking campaign finance reform. It seeks its ends primarily through contributions to Democratic candidates across the country. The endgame for the group is the reversal of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision in 2010, which ultimately led to super PACs and financial control of politics. End Citizens United has worked to amass a whopping 325,000 signatures for the reversal of the decision. Unlike other similar groups, End Citizens United seeks to actually get people elected who can effect the change necessary to stop super PACs from controlling politics. The finance reform the group seeks would go all the way down to the state and local level though the main focus currently is reform at the federal level. While the group has received some opposition from campaign finance experts, End Citizens United is receiving consistent grassroots support for their cause.
As far as actual numbers, End Citizens United amasses more than $4 million during the first three months of this year alone. Not only that, the group projects that it can garner around $35 million by the time the 2018 midterms swing around. This would be a vast improvement over the $25 million the PAC boasted in the 2016 election. The PAC is starting to reach new audiences, it would seem, as 40,000 of the 100,000 who have donated were new donors this year. While most donors only contribute around $12, the sheer number of donors has created a force to be reckoned with. Many of these donors see this as their only way of fighting back, seeing a system that is seemingly rigged against their interests. While the PAC can only accept donations of up to $5,000 from each individual, End Citizens United has also worked to encourage donors to contribute to certain political campaigns, such as that of Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia. The PAC feels it could really make a different in the upcoming 2018 midterms, particularly in defending certain senators who are sympathetic to their cause. End Citizens United was highly effective in this past 2016 election, so it is entirely reasonable that they could play a big part in the midterms next year.