George Soros is Dedicated to Promoting Change

Billionaire philanthropist and investor George Soros recently transferred $18 billion dollars of his own fortune to his nonprofit, Open Society Foundations. He established the organization in 1979 and has managed to turn it into one of the largest philanthropies in the world. The organization focuses its funds and attention on global issues such as governance, discrimination, and injustice. George Soros feels a deep sense of obligation in helping individuals all over the world who are unable to take a stand for themselves.

Many around the world have vilianized George Soros solely for his immense wealth and resources. They have painted him as an elitist and have attempted to create a negative image of this Jewish philanthropist. Soros made an unheard of $1 billion by shorting the British pound in 1992, and ever since, has become a looming figure in the imaginations of the right wing. He has, in fact, spent millions of dollars and time organizing anti-right movements as well as funding Democratic agendas. He donated $27 million to the Democratic campaign to prevent George W. Bush from being re-elected. Most recently he has donated money to help the Black Lives Matter and Antifa movements. This funding has unnerved the right wing and sparked further talk of ulterior motives and unscrupulous plots to undermine the right.

Over the course of history, many philanthropists, especially the individuals who have done the best, tend to be vilianized by others with different agenda. George Soros doesn’t allow this talk to distract him from his goals. He pursues his causes with vigor and is determined to make a mark for the better by funding those who need it most. He realizes that he will continue to be a target for criticism because his Open Society Foundation is only second in size to the Gates Foundation. Some right-wing conservatives have labeled this organization as “The Death Star”. George Soros knows that he will face heave opposition, but he will continue to assist the needy all over the country, as well as champion a variety of Democratic cause that he feels need his support and attention. As an immigrant and having insight into the needs of countries in turmoil due to his experiences with the Nazi invasion of his homeland during WWII, he has committed to donating his vast resources to promote peace and harmony for other across the world. With the donation of the bulk of his fortune, he has shown the world the depths of his commitment.


The Significance of Betsy DeVos’ Contributions to Charity

Betsy DeVos is an established businesswoman who has accomplished a lot in politics and philanthropy. She currently works for President Donald Trump’s administration as the secretary of education. Betsy is also appreciated for her involvement in education activism. She has led campaigns in more than 25 states to transform the U.S school system so that it can be favorable to all children. According to her, people from low-income neighborhoods are not able to access a decent education due to the current structure. Mrs. Devos has partnered with her husband, Dick DeVos, in most charity undertakings that she conducts. The two have given a total of about $139 million to charity and Forbes listed them as the 24th most philanthropic family in 2015. Betsy serves the Windquest Group’s board of directors as a co-chairperson.


Since 1989, the Dick and Betsy Family Foundation has been in charge of the charitable undertakings of Mr. and Mrs. DeVos. The organization is committed to supporting important causes such as justice, art, education, leadership, and community development. In 2015, it gave $11.6 million to facilitate charity work in hospitals, churches, Christina schools, health research organizations, and art-based in institutions. The DeVos family’s donations totaled to about $100 million from 1999 to 2004 and half of the sum was given to support Christian activities. Organizations that have received money from the couple include Baptists for Life, Center for Individual Rights, Action Institute, Institute for Justice, and Michigan’s Pregnancy Resource Center.


The DeVos family has been supporting the education sector in different ways. As from 2000 to 2014 they offered $8.6 million to Christian-based schools. Public schools and charter schools also received $59,750 and $5.2 million respectively. The schools that have been given funds by the family include Grand Rapids Christian High School Association, Holland Christian Schools, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Ada Christian School, and Success Academy Charter School. Betsy’s love for art related activities enabled her to be offered a position at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by George W. Bush in 2004. In 2010, Mrs. DeVos co-founded the DeVos Institute of Arts Management and donate $22.5 million to the organization. Her son, Rick DeVos, is also devoted to transforming the art sector and he is the founder ArtPrize. The institution has hosted several art competitions since 2009.


For decades now, Betsy DeVos has supported the Republican Party as a member and a sponsor. She served the party’s Michigan division as a delegate in the 1980s and was later voted to be its chairperson. Her family has offered financial support towards the election campaigns of various party candidates. They have given about $17 million to date. George W. Bush and Jeb Bush, who is his younger brother, are among the politicians who have benefited from the DeVos family’s donations.


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