Betsy DeVos and Her Family’s Donation to Different Institutions and Causes

Apart from the millions of dollars that DeVos family has donated to the Republican candidates in the country, Betsy and her husband Dick has given millions of dollars to different charitable institutions and causes. They make charities through their charitable foundation that they set up in 1989. It is through her choice of donations that one can easily see why she was the top choice for the Education Secretary post by President Donald Trump.

In 2015 alone, Betsy DeVos and Dick DeVos Family Foundation shelled out $10 million to different institutions and also pledged more $3.2 million grants that will be paid out in the near future. The biggest contribution went to former CNN Campbell Brown to launch her education website, the 74. She also donated the same amount to Brown’s non-profit organization, The Partnership for Educational Justice. The foundation gave $150,000 to Success Academy Charter Schools and had approved $150,000 for future payments. A Christian school in Grand Rapids, the Potter’s House, also received $200,000. Betsy was the board member of the American Federation for Children and stepped down when the President appointed her as the Education Secretary. The couple donated $100,000 to non-profit Alliance for School Choice that works in close collaboration with this foundation.

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Betsy DeVos also made donations to many conservative organizations such as Institute for Justice and Intercollegiate Studies Institute Inc. Betsy is dedicated to bringing reforms to the education system in the country, and this is the reason why she has donated to many colleges and universities. The biggest contribution went to University of Maryland College Park Foundation, and they received $500,000. Other schools that received generous amount were School of Missionary Aviation Technology, Ferris State University, Davenport University, Rollins College and more.

Betsy DeVos was the choice of President Donald Trump for Education Secretary in November 2016, and the Senate voted to confirm her appointment on 7th February 2017. She was born in 1958 and raised in Holland. She was active in politics from her 20s but did not hold any elected office. She has spent years advocating for school vouchers programs. She was Republican National Committee for Michigan from 1992 to 1997. She was then appointed the chairperson of the Republican Party in Michigan from 1996 to 2000 and again in 2003 for two more years.

Betsy is married to Dick DeVos Jr., the son of Dick DeVos Sr., who is the co-founder of the Amway and owner of Orlando Magic. They have four children together, two daughters, Elissa and Andrea; and two sons, Rick and Ryan. Even after being from one of the wealthiest family in Michigan, Betsy and Dick ensured that they donate to the causes they believed in and did so with great commitment. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com

George Soros Recent Campaign Donations and Philanthropic Work

 

Politico is reporting in its website that billionaire philanthropist; George Soros donated $6 million to Priorities USA, a Super Pac supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The donation, which was made in December, now adds to his donations to Pro-Clinton support groups to $8 million in 2015. The total amount of money raised by Priorities USA Action in 2015 also went up to $41 million. The other major contributors to Clinton’s second presidential bid include Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl Saban, Donald Sussman and Herb Sandler. Soros is seen as one of the few rich Democrats who are willing to part with 8 figure amounts during election period. It important to note that Soros 86; ranks as one of the richest people in the world.

During the 2004 elections, the Politico report indicates that Soros made a campaign donation of over $20 million supporting a bid to oust the then president George W. Bush. In 2012, he gave Priorities USA, $1 million dollars to support President Barrack Obama’s reelection. However, in a recent email report released by the US state Department, George Soros praised Hillary Clinton for giving him an open opportunity to discuss various policy matters, something Obama did not provide. The huge donation made by Soros to Priorities USA is one of many campaign donations, various Democratic Party leaning Super Pacs will push to attract in order to ward-off the anticipated $1 billion plus donations from conservative billionaires.

In 2015, the Hillary Clinton campaign raised $112 million, a CNN report indicates. On the republican side, Donald Trump raised over $12 million during the same period, even though his campaign professes that his campaign is a self funded. His GOP contenders such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are also seeing an increase in their campaign war chest. Outside his political inclinations, George Soros is a supporter of various philanthropic causes. He is the Founder and Chairman of Open Society, a network of organizations that operate in over 100 countries around the globe. The organizations promote democracy and the human rights tenets.

According to OpenSocietyFoundation.org, it all started in 1979 when George Soros began giving scholarships to black South Africans. He later started supporting philanthropic causes in the US, Africa and Asia. Open Society also supports lawyers and paralegals presenting individuals held and detained unlawfully. One of the most profound ideas ever made by Soros was bringing Roma people in Europe into the mainstream. George Soros did this by offering education opportunities to Roma people, as well as marginalized young people and refugees in conflict areas. George Soros graduated from the London School of Economics. He holds a bachelor’s and PhD in philosophy and is an accomplished writer.