Behind Betsy DeVos’s Philanthropic Passions

One name that is synonymous with our country’s education and the movement to give children and families more choices is Ms. Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos. She and her husband, Dick DeVos, are incredibly active in the educational system. She currently serves as the 11th United States Secretary of Education after a long history of success in the political sector. For over 3 decades she has worked in politics as it relates to education. She is incredibly passionate about ensuring that students have choices in their education, and are not sent to a specific school merely because of their family’s income status or the zip code that the family lives in. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org

A recent interview with Ms. DeVos appeared on Philanthropy Roundtable that gave a deep profile into her background and her charitable works. She served as an onsite mentor for low income schools in the Grand Rapids area for over a decade. During that time she mentored students that were likely from low income families, encouraging them to hone their skills and seek aptitudes that could prepare them to enter the job force of for higher education. While Ms. DeVos is widely known for being an extremely hands on philanthropist, she and her family are also known throughout Michigan for their financial giving. After visiting a low income Christian School, Potter’s House, she saw the amount of need that was present for the students. Many families were simply trying to make sure that their children were in a safe environment in the Grand Rapids area, and at many times that safety become prevalent over a strong education. Ms. DeVos immediately got involved as she knew her children had the option to attend almost any school of their choice, and she wanted to promote an even playing field across Michigan. She and her husband began to sponsor children of specific need financially so that they could have more independent freedom in their educational choices. While they still sponsor children, they expanded their financial giving to become overall donors for the school, helping the school ensure they have the supplies they need for the students to thrive. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.

Ms. Betsy DeVos is looking to think broader than the fact that students are assigned to a school based simply on whatever zip code they live in. She is a true advocate for educational freedom for students, especially those in low income areas. She is also widely known for helping spearhead a voucher campaign and raise awareness for the voucher program. She and her team went to great lengths to reach low income families that would receive huge benefit from the voucher program – they did print mailings, ran billboard and radio campaigns and visited the schools. It is this type of tireless passion by Ms. DeVos that has created a snowball effect that has become a true educational movement in our country.

George Soros And The Democracy Alliance Lead The Resistance Against Republican Power

The growth of the influence afforded to major political donors in the U.S. in the 21st century is something not every person in the world believes is a good or democratic aspect of American society. One of the major donors to the Democratic Party, George Soros, recently raised eyebrows when he provided the End Citizens United PAC with the largest possible financial donation of $50,000. Citizens United is the 2010 Supreme Court decision that allowed wealthy donors across the U.S. to provide almost unlimited donations to the political party or candidate of their choice; despite committing an estimated $27 million to the 2004 Presidential election and a further $25 million to the 2016 ballot, George Soros has often claimed to feel uncomfortable about the level of influence he is afforded by his vast wealth. In fact, Politico explains Soros felt so uncomfortable with his role as a major donor to the Democratic Party he largely sat out the 2008 and 2012 elections seasons.

In 2005, Soros did set out on a path that would allow the Democratic Party to benefit from major donors coming together on a regular basis to help discuss strategy and form policy for the future of the party. George Soros did assist in forming this group, but has largely avoided appearing at the events organized for the group that became known as the Democracy Alliance; this group of major donors often comes together and meets with top political figures in the Democratic Party and others with reasons to be involved with the inner workings of the party. In his work as a philanthropic and political donor the major cause taken up by George Soros in the U.S. has been the protection of the rights of individuals and the need to reform a criminal justice system Soros and his advisors believe has been subverted in a racist and economic way. George Soros established the Open Society Foundations.

After making a major political donation to the Clinton campaign in 2016 George Soros was quick to spot the power vacuum that was becoming the norm at the top of the Democratic Party with the stepping aside of Hillary Clinton. Politico reports George Soros has been looking to work ever more closely with the Democracy Alliance in a bid to build pressure on President Donald Trump and his Administration from the very first day they took occupancy of The White House. Soros believes the work of the Democracy Alliance has become ever more important and Soros went so far as to change his own schedule and attend a Democracy Alliance event in the days after the election. George Soros has been instrumental in the growing calls among Democrats to look to grassroots candidates at the 2018 midterm elections where the party agrees with George Soros that the first steps to regaining control of Washington can be taken. Read more at Washington Times about George Soros.