Betsy DeVos- Working for Educational Change

Finding people who are dedicated to educational change is not always easy. Many people simply are not in the process for the long haul. Betsy DeVos is not such a person. DeVos has spent her entire life working to make education better. In addition her goal is that all children will have access to the best education. She has devoted both her time but her money to this cause. She continues to look for new and bigger ways to make an impact in this space.

In a recent interview with Philanthropy Roundtable, DeVos shared some insight into her desire to work for change in education. As a mother DeVos took her own children to visit the Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. DeVos was moved by the number of parents that she witness at he school. Their passion and dedication to making sure their students had a quality education was inspiring to DeVos. Many of the children came from poor homes but that didn’t stop their parents from doing whatever it took to provide a great education for their kids. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org

DeVos would continue to visit Potter’s House regularly over the next few years. She began helping some students with tuition assistance. As time past however Betsy DeVos wanted to do more. Her and her family became very dedicated to doing whatever they could to produce change. Her husband ran for and was elected to the State Board of Education in Michigan. Betsy herself decided to start a scholarship fund to help even more children pay for a quality education. Betsy also became a member of many charitable boards. Two of those boards include Children First America and the American Education Reform Council. Both of these groups took the approach of using tax credits and vouchers to help produce more educational choice. Betsy even worked in Florida to a very successful tax-credit scholarship program.

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Today Betsy DeVos serves as the 11th U.S. secretary of education. She has earned even more influence on educational change. Her passion for education is rooted in watching her mother who worked for years as a teacher in Michigan public schools. DeVos herself work for more than fifteen years as a mentor to at risk students in Michigan public schools. She has worked with several groups over the years donating her money and working for educational change. Some of these groups include ArtPrize, Mars Hill Bible Church and the Kendall College of Art and Design. A graduate of Calvin College, DeVos and her family remained committed to doing anything they can to produce change in the educational world.

George Soros – Highly Respected Political Contributor and Philanthropist

In the political landscape of the United States and many other countries, George Soros is a well-known personality. He has played a pivotal role in the political space of the United States in the last couple of decades, by supporting politically and financially, some of the most influential Democrats. It includes the recent U.S. Presidential Election, where George Soros spent close to $30 million to back Hillary Clinton, and defeat Donald Trump, who he severely dislikes for his policies.

As one of the most successful hedge funders on the planet with the wealth close to $25 Billion, George Soros is known as one of the most influential political contributors on the globe. George Soros is a Hungarian-born Jew, who was forced to leave his country while still a teenager to escape the atrocities of Nazis. He along with his family fled to the United Kingdom, where George Soros joined London School of Economics to study Economics. After completing his studies, George worked with a local merchant bank for a while before moving to the United States to try his luck at the world’s most powerful and largest financial district, the Wall Street.

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After several years working on Wall Street, George Soros managed to start his fund with $12 million, which is now known as Quantum Fund. It marked the birth of the Soros Management, which till date continues to be one of the largest and the most successful hedge fund and asset management firm on the planet with over $30 Billion in assets under management. George Soros is also the founder of Open Society Foundation, which is regarded as one of the wealthiest and high-funded philanthropic organizations in the world. Open Society Foundation supports and donates to charitable and independent organizations that support the causes George Soros feel for, including migrant rights, justice reforms, racial disparity, equal opportunities, financial empowerment, developing close-knitted communities, and more. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.

In a recent move, George Soros pledged $500 million to support the businesses started by immigrants and refugees. He feels that immigrants are not able to get the kind of opportunities they deserve and are treated as second class citizens. It is also one of the reasons for him wanting to defeat Donald Trump as his policies aim to destroy what George Soros has worked for so long. Few other organizations Open Society Foundation donates to include Arab American Institute, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, All of Us or None, America Coming Together, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, Change America Now, Drum Major Institute, EarthJustice, Four Freedoms Fund, Gamaliel Foundation, Human Rights First, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Immigration Advocates Network, and more. George Soros aims at building a better tomorrow with the wealth he has accumulated over the years to support organizations that align with the causes he believes in. Know more on Investopedia about George Soros.