Betsy DeVos: Champion of Choice

Education reform has been the goal of Betsy DeVos for a good portion of her life. She is currently the US Secretary of Education and has impressive experience in the field.

 

Her interest in the field began over 30 years ago when she and her husband, Dick, visited the Potter’s Home Christian School, a school for low-income children in Grand Rapids. She was very impressed with the atmosphere, and they decided to help out. The couple decided to help those parents who were struggling to pay the tuition and later became more deeply committed financially.

 

Betsy was motivated by this visit to become a lifelong advocate for education reform. And Dick became inspired as well. He ran for and won a seat on the State Board of Education in 1990. Betsy and Dick were well-known philanthropists in Michigan, Dick being the son of the founder of the Amway Corporation. Betsy also was from a wealthy family.

 

She believed deeply in school choice. She worked to expand tax credits, vouchers, and charter schools. Politics also appealed to her, and she became chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. In 2001 and 2002, she was successful at promoting charter schools. She also wanted to educate the public about the benefits and persuade legislators to pass and implement reform.

 

Her efforts became national. She formed the Alliance for School Choice and a PAC to smoothly coordinate the effort. It was successful in various states, such as Florida, where there was much public and legislative support. Louisiana and Indiana also saw educational reform established through legislation.

 

Spreading the word about school choice was accomplished by ads on radio, billboards, mailings, phone calls, internet ads, and coordination with churches and community groups. In 2012, 5000 signed up in Louisiana for the new program.

 

Betsy believes that freedom is crucial for parents and children when it comes to education. And children should not be limited to schools in their zip code. She says that homeschooling is even a valid option, as well as magnet schools, charter schools, and virtual schools. Parents are fed up with not having the freedom to choose, she has said.

 

Success for Betsy means, “That …all students have had the opportunity to fulfill their God-given potential.”

 

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The life of an Israeli Philanthropist: Adam Milstein

Adam Milstein is a popular name among the Israeli-American philanthropists and activists who have been working for a humanitarian cause. He is the co-founder of Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation and actively supports many other organizations which are working to reinforce the Jewish community, Israel, and the U.S. – Israel relationship.

Adam Milstein was born in 1955 in Israel, and he spent his childhood in different cities in the country including Haifa, Kiryat Yam, and Kiryat Motzkin. In 1971, he joined Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and served during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Later on, Adam graduated Cum Laude from Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology in 1978 and joined his father’s real estate construction and development business. He migrated to the USA in 1981 and completed his masters from the University of Southern California in 1983.

After his post-graduation, Adam Milstein worked as a commercial real estate agent and in 1986 he joined Liberty West Inc. and retired as the president of this sister concern of Hager Pacific Properties in 2000. Now he is serving as a Managing Partner of Hager Pacific. He is married to Gila Milstein, and they live in Los Angeles, California with their three children and three grandchildren.

Adam has a keen interest in improving the condition of the Jewish communities and the relationship between USA and Israel. He has been actively involved in some pro-Israel initiatives throughout his life. He founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation along with his wife in 2000 that focuses on the Jewish community. He is also the co-founder and National Chairman of the Israeli-American Council that is working on the US-Israel relationship. In addition to that, he is involved with a number of pro-Israel organizations such as Israel on Campus Coalition, StandWithUs, Jewish Funders Network, AISH Los Angeles and many others. Adam’s philanthropic initiatives are actually directed by his three unique principles which are Active Philanthropy, Life Path Impact and Philanthropic Synergy. He invests a significant portion of his fortune and time in helping and developing organizations and individuals to strengthen the Jewish community.

 

 

How George Soros Fights For Justice in the Society

George Soros was born in Nazi-Hungary back in 1930.His father Tividar was an attorney general who loved Esperanto, and in 1936 he changed his name to Soros. In 1944, Soros handed George to a Hungarian official in fear that his family will diminish in the war after Nazis occupied Budapest. In 1947, the family reunited and moved to England where George was able to join London School of Economics. He adopted the works of Karl Popper, a philosopher who believes in the concept of open society. George engaged in railway porter, waiter and later to a banker before leaving to New York. In 1969, George started his hedge fund business and later founded the Soros Fund Management

Soros has used the open society ideology to restore the values of the society. He supports democracy, the rule of law, human rights, social injustices and social responsibility. Soros has been in forefront fighting for injustices in the society. In 2000, Soros wrote a letter to then President of United States Bill Clinton opposing the death penalty rule imposed to the blacks and Hispanic offenders. Soros fights for refugees and illegal immigrants from social injustices and more so oppression and harassment from the government. Through a letter to the United Nations Secretary General, Soros addressed the issue of using harsh measures against drugs saying this will bring more harm. He proposed that drug abusers should be rehabilitated with moderation to prevent more harm to the society like the spread of diseases. Read more about George at The New York Times.

George Soros has highly supported organizations and charities in improving the lives of people in the society. Soros gave over $3 million to Super PAC to help in mobilizing Hispanic voters. Through his open society foundation, Soros awarded ACLU $8.69 million as a grant to the organization. Soros also donated $6,386,447 to HRW in the year 2000 to 2008. He also funds organizations that are concerned with immigrants and the refugees. Soros also donated funds to the Drug Policy Alliance to help loosen laws in drugs and enhance te rehabilitation process. The alliance also provides syringes to the drug users to curb the spread of diseases.

Soros is an influential politician who has toppled many dictatorial regimes from power. He is a staunch supporter of the Democratic party and gives both financial and personal support. Soros has to be an active campaigner of Bill, Hillary and also Barrack Obama in their leadership. He has worked closely with Bill Clinton as they embraced his views and agendas on the open society ideology. George Soros also condemned dictatorial and oppressive leadership. He was on the front line to oppose the use of military action on the terrorism crisis. In August 2003, he warned the citizens on reelecting George Bush saying that he was leading the United States in the Wrong direction. Learn more about his profile at Forbes.com.

Jason Hope Drives The Future

Jason Hope was the subject of a recent Engadget article. A philanthropist and futurist, Hope is a leader that sees promise in technology and science.

Writing for Engadget, Jesse Boskoff detailed some of the thoughts of Hope on the controversial Internet of Things. Hope believes in the promise of the Internet of Things, seeing potential for social betterment in persistent, ubiquitous connectivity. This foresight is what makes Jason Hope the sort of leader that will push society forward into new territory.

Hope works as a consultant and entrepreneur. He boasts a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University. Hope is an Arizona native that operates out of the Tempe area. His education and business acumen makes him an invaluable aide to businesses looking to modernize or remain modern in an increasingly digital world.

In addition to his career in business Hope lends his talents and resources in the form of philanthropy. He has pledged over $500,000 to the SENS Foundation to help combat age-related illness and continues to offer grants to individuals and groups that present new and unique ideas about business and technology. Hope’s charitable contributions set him apart from his peers as a man whose kindness and sagacity benefit us all.