Category Archives: Philanthropist

Betsy Devos Truly Supports Education through her Giving

Giving is a very important part of civic and business related responsibility. Everyone that has the ability to amass large fortunes should be willing to give some of it back to organizations and people in need.

Whether people give their time, resources or finances; everyone (rich and poor alike) should make contributions to something outside of themselves. Betsy Devos understands this truth very well.

Betsy Devos has been giving to a lot of different groups for nearly 30 years. In 2017, President Donald Trump selected her to become the 11th United States Secretary of Education of the United States. This is a very important achievement for Secretary Devos. Being the U.S. Secretary of Education gives her the greater ability to make more meaningful donations in an area of society that she is passionate about.

Betsy Devos is also married to Dick Devos who is a leading Republican Party financier. Devos and her husband had started the Dick and Betsy Devos Foundation back in 1990.

This organization is located in the Grand Rapids area and it provides donations to various groups and causes in Michigan and around the country. They primarily focus their contributions in the area of civic, artistic, religious, educational, community and free-market groups.

Betsy (and her husband) has given nearly $140 million dollars during the course of the organization. Devos is the daughter-in-law of Richard Devos, the former co-founder and leader of Amway. Her contributions with Richard, adds up to over $1.3 billion dollars for over a 30-year period. The other Devos siblings have also made contributions to help reach that dollar amount as well. Visit to know more about Betsy.

Many of the institutions that Betsy gives to are education based. She provides funding for many schools because she is very passionate about education. Betsy (and her husband) realizes that education is very important for people changing their economic and life circumstances. She is also deeply religious and believes that schools have replaced the church with its influence on the family.

Some of the receiving organizations of Betsy’s charitable contributions includes West Michigan Aviation Academy, Grand Rapids Christian Schools, University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College Foundation, Xprize Foundation and Wake Forest University. Other organizations include Kids Hope USA, New Urban Living and Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan.

Arts funding is a very important aspect of giving for the Devos. They enjoy contributing to various arts related organizations and groups inside of the city of Grand Rapids and around the state of Michigan.

Betsy Devos really enjoys helping the residents of Michigan as well as other American people all over the country. Now that she is the U.S. Secretary of Education, her giving is expected to increase and to become more effective.

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The Refugee Crisis Remains A Concern For George Soros

The financial expert George Soros has recently become more concerned than ever before with the problems facing refugees around the world, who he has been attempting to assist in living better lives through his own Open Society Foundations. Politico reports George Soros has even gone so far as to miss the conformation of Democrat nominee for President Hillary Clinton’s acceptance of the nomination at the Democratic convention in 2016 in a bid to remain updated in real time of the issues facing refugees around the world; Soros has been a major critic of many nations, including the U.S. and members of the European Union who he feels could do more to assist refugees as they seek a better life away from oppressive political regimes.

In a recent Discover the Networks article the history of George Soros was revealed to include his own refugee story that took him across Europe following a period of World War II when the Soros family was forced to hide their true Jewish identity. George Soros is a native of Hungary and was still living in his home country when Nazi forces occupied the nation in 1943 and forced George Soros’ father to hide his family members with sympathetic Christian families; at the close of World War II the arrival of a Communist regime in Hungary forced George Soros to make a drastic decision and begin a refugee journey that would take him across Europe to the U.K. and then on to New York. Both his time at the London school of Economics and living and working in New York informed the future direction Soros would take as a philanthropist as he explored left leaning political ideas that have become the backbone of his work as one of the world’s leading charitable donors. Visit his profile on

Helping refugees as they embark on and complete their journey to safety and freedom has become a major part of the life and work of Soros who has gone so far as to formulate his own plans for developing a dedicated plan for easing the passage of refugees crossing into Europe from the Middle East. Forbes recently revealed the development of a new plan from George Soros and his team at the Open Society Foundations that will provide $500 million in funding for a scheme that will provide funding for refugees looking to start their own business enterprises when they arrive in their new community; Soros believes this will not only aid the individual refugee but also the transition into their a new community that may have concerns about new arrivals in their area.