Dick DeVos is a business investor, philanthropist and even a former political candidate who is well-known in the state of Michigan’s political circles and from time to time makes national headlines. His wife Betsy, who is a leading spokesperson for private education made big headlines when she was selected to President Donald Trump’s cabinet as Secretary of Education, and in the confirmation hearing the DeVos’s were pressed on their philanthropy. They made known that their lifetime giving was an astounding $139 million, only a part of of the entire DeVos family’s charity which is estimated to be over $1 billion in lifetime giving.
Contrary to popular belief, while Dick and Betsy DeVos have supported many candidates in both the state and national Republican Party, only a small amount of that $139 million went to any campaigns. It has gone to think tanks, political volunteer groups, and heritage organizations including Action Institute, the Constitutional Society, Heritage Foundation and Hudson Institute. And other civic organizations such as the Mackinac Public Policy Center and Grand Action Committee have also benefited from the DeVos’s charity, but the organizations who have benefited the most are private, charter and even a few public schools.
Dick and Betsy DeVos have made it their mission to try and help as many families as possible afford private schools, having seen how many could barely afford to do so while they were sending their own children to these schools. They helped bring in support for these families through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation’s partnership with Education Freedom Fund and Children First America. But on top of scholarship programs they also have worked to establish legislative reforms and also have more private and charter schools built. In 2010 they had a charter school that is open to the public built at the Gerald Ford Airport in Grand Rapids where students have an aviation and high-tech curriculum known as the West Michigan Aviation Academy.
Dick DeVos’s primary business is the Windquest Group, a company he founded on the side while still working at his family’s company Amway Corporation. The Windquest Group is a holdings company for many Michigan-owned businesses that include The Stowe Company, Boxed Water, Huron Ventures, Electratherm and recently Coppercraft Spirits. Before and after founding The Windquest Group, Dick DeVos was an executive at Amway where he started in upper management positions after graduating with a business degree from Northwood University. He was President of the NBA’s Orlando Magic for a few years when he and his father Richard DeVos Sr. purchased controlling shares in the franchise. He was CEO of Amway Corporation from 1993 to 2002. Dick DeVos is also the honorary recipient of the Art of Giving award from Spectrum Health and the author of Rediscovering American Values.
George Soros is a multi-billionaire investor and hedge fund manager with a benevolent nature. George Soros is a philanthropic individual of the corporate world with strong moral views related to the current situations in the world, particularly the United States.
An online article released by Portia Crowe through the Business Insider on the 19th of January, 2017, reported that George Soros had made a recent statement expressing his concerns over the future of America and the rest of the world with the President-Elect of the United States, Donald Trump. He had restated his belief that he is a deceptive leader on a journey to be a dictator for his nation. This statement was made on the Thursday of that week at an event in Davos, Switzerland that held the prestigious World Economic Forum on Politico. Soros expressed Trump’s form of government to be a “mafia state.” He expressed concern over an uncertain future with Trump as his policies appear to be incongruous with each other. He believes Trump’s actions are unpredictable as his policies were rather formed by his advisors than himself who appeared to be more enthusiastic about building his personal brand. Despite his strong apprehension over a failing president and a failing nation, George Soros believes that the worst case scenario will be averted with the strong institutions of the United States still in existence today.
In a recent article posted by the Business Insider on the 24th of January, 2017, George Soros himself had shared his best wishes with the world that he believes is in grave “trouble” due to Trump’s victory on discoverthenetworks.org in the recent election of the US. He mentions that the world is growing closer to adopting a closed society rather than the open society history had once battled and won over. Being a holocaust surviving Jewish individual who was once persecuted, George Soros defined an open society to have a leader who would protect the best wishes and welfares of his voters while a closed society to have a leader who would manipulate his voters into fulfilling his personal wishes and his supreme wellbeing. He expressed discontentment in finding that the elite leaders who were once elected to have disappointed their voters to such an extent that they had to end up voting for Trump in major numbers on Snopes. Soros expressed disappointment that the voters seem to display a loss of hope in regards to democracy and instead opt for a potential dictator like Trump. Still, he believed that the voters in America would awaken democracy soon when they realize the actual scenario with Trump in power.
George Soros had pledged over $10 million recently to battle the rapidly growing hate crimes in the United States. He believes Trump’s recent emergence of power was the key stimulator of the recent unfavorable situation in the US.
Adam Milstein, an Israeli-American, is a real estate entrepreneur, philanthropist and the National Chairman of the Israeli-American Council. He is also the co-founder of the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation whose function is to provide philanthropic and charitable to various organizations to strengthen the American-Israeli relationship, the Jewish people and the state of Israel. The charitable services offered by the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation are in the form of partnership development, consultations, and fundraising aimed at helping programs which deal with Jewish continuity, Jewish education, and Pro-Israel advocacy.
Adam’s Family Foundation adheres to three essential principles. The first is the impact on life. The organization raises funds and creates organizations which cater to the needs of people of all ages. Programs are developed for the childhood, adolescence and the various stages of adulthood, which means that they focus on a target audience. The second is activeness in their philanthropy. The foundation has experienced staff which is almost always involved in a charitable service at any given time. Lastly, Adam’s organization also offers consultations to help other charitable organizations make connections with non-profit organizations and work towards common goals.
Adam Milstein was born to Eva Milshtein and Hillel Milshtein in Haifa, Israel. Hillel immigrated to Israel from Argentina in 1948 while Eva immigrated to Israel from Mexico in 1949. Adam spent his early years at Kiryat Motzkin and Kiryat Yam and in 1971 joined the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and was among the soldiers fighting in the Yom Kippur war of 1973. After serving in the Israeli Army, Adam joined the Technion (Israeli Institute of Technology) and in 1978 graduated with a Bachelor’ Degree in business and economics.
While is college, he joined his father in expanding the real estate business.IN 1974 he tied the note with Gila Elgrably. Seven years later they migrated with their two daughters to the United States, where one more daughter was born to them. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South California (LA). Milstein’s posts on social media are a reflection of his deep connection to the state of Israel. He is dedicated to ensuring that the great Israeli-American relationship is upheld and Jewish people make it in life.
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