Betsy Devos a philanthropist with a reformist heart

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.

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Potter House

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.

Immigration Reforms with George Soros

At the of 85 years, George Soros still cares about human rights and things affecting people like he used to when he was a young man. He still supports the Democratic Party like he used to in the past. He supported the presidential bid of Hillary Clinton in 2016 US Presidential elections. He did this by making a donation of $25 million to this cause and other causes supporting her bid. Before this donation, George Soros had made a donation of the same amount to the 2004 presidential candidate. His donations usually spark donations from other rich people from the United States such as Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson.

Since time immemorial, George Soros has never agreed with policies by the Republican Party. For instance, he disagrees with them on the issue of immigration, criminal justice reform, and religious tolerance. According to the Politico, George Soros referred to Donald Trump as an agent of ISIS for instilling fear to most Americans. The Politico also revealed that George Soros and Hilary Clinton had known each other for over 30 years and this may be the reason he felt inclined to support her election bid. George Soros had promised to attend the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia to hear his longtime friend make the acceptance speech. According to George Soros spokesman, Soros felt compelled to act during the past elections as a lot was at stake. Following the defeat of Clinton, George Soros and other rich donors of the Democratic Party met for a three-day closed-door meeting in Washington DC. The agenda of the meeting was to discuss the way forward and the main issues that arose during the past election such as the role of money in politics. Senior Senator Elizabeth Warren was one of the prominent politicians who graced the meeting. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.

George Soros cares for the immigrants because he has been an immigrant his entire life. Before he moved to the United States in the year 1956, he was a scholar at the London School Economics where he discovered his passion for finance and numbers. He had moved to London from his native country of Hungary where he was running away from Nazi persecution. George Soros has made his wealth from risky currency trades. As of today, he is listed as the 18th richest man in the world. George Soros is one man who cares about democracy and constantly funds democratic causes across the world. Know more on Investopedia about George Soros.