George Soros on the Power of Philanthropy and Grassroots Protest

We are entering an unrivaled time in political discord. Never before has our country been so divided, at least in modern times. In fact, this divide has grown so great that it has brought George Soros back into the fold for the progressive party. George Soros is a billionaire philanthropist who made his name as an investor before turning into one of the greatest charitable individuals that the world has ever seen. Soros has made sure to focus his charity on more than just money. Soros frequently funds progressive and social justice movements around the world. The election campaign of Republican Donald Trump, now President Trump, has brought Soros back to the forefront of public attention in a great way. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.

It’s not easy to sit idly by while watching a man campaign against everything that you stand for. George Soros had vowed to scale back his involvement in American Presidential races after working with Al Gore in 2004. However, he could not just sit by and watch the 2016 Presidential campaign go by. So Soros came back in order to start working with Democrats and progressives in order to create a gameplan to battle the nationalistic jingoism of what passes for Trump’s America. In fact, Soros has come out so strongly against Donald Trump that he has publicly lambasted the sitting President.

Still, we get ahead of ourselves by focusing on solely the current election campaign. Instead we should look back over George Soros’ career and really take in the power of some of the movements that he has helped to pioneer. We can look at, for instance, the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. The shooting sparked protests around the country and in particularly the city of Fergus. Soros himself has worked hand in hand with grass roots activists over the years in order to get protests like those in Ferguson off of the ground.

In fact, Soros has given upwards of $33 million in a single year to support grass roots activism. These donations came by way of his Open Society Foundations. It’s hard to undersell just how important these contributions actually are. Without someone like Soros backing them, the Ferguson protests would have died with a solitary whimper within a day or two. Instead, Soros was able to help turn these protests into a national rallying call for equality and justice for people of all races.

George Soros knows a thing or two about equality and inequality. He had been living in Nazi-occupied Hungary as a child, seeing firsthand the atrocities committed by nationalistic and racist individuals. Since then he has put himself in a position to make true change and reform all around the world. Read more about George at The New York Times.

Betsy DeVos: Making A Positive Impact On People’s Lives

Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos is a businesswoman, philanthropist and education activist. She is also the current Secretary of Education of the United States. A passionate advocate for school choice, charter schools and school voucher programs, she is expected to work to give parents a number of great choices when it comes to their children’s education. A Foundation for Excellence in Education board member, DeVos is also Alliance for School Choice as well as the Action Institute board chairwoman and the head of the All Children Matter political action committee.

A Republican Party member, Betsy DeVos is very active politically. She was the Michigan Republican Party chairwoman from 1992 to 1997 and Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman from 1996 until 2000. She was re-elected to the position in 2003. Betsy DeVos has been intimately involved in the Michigan Republican Party since 1982. Beginning in 1986, she was elected to serve 16 consecutive two-year terms as a Michigan Republican Party local precinct delegate. Described as an excellent behind-the-scenes organizer and fund raiser, DeVos raised over $150,000 personally for George Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004.

Born in Holland, Michigan, Betsy DeVos is the daughter of billionaire industrialist Edgar Prince. Her husband is former Amway CEO Dick DeVos and her father-in-law is billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of Amway. Former officer in the U.S. Navy SEALs and founder of private military service contractor Blackwater USA, Erik Prince, is her brother. DeVos is a Christian Reformed Church in North America member. She attended Holland Christian High School and is an elder in Grand Rapids, Michigan based Mars Hill Bible Church. She has a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids.

Betsy DeVos has been deeply involved in philanthropy for decades. Through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation which was founded in 1989, she and her husband have given more than $139 million to education, the arts, justice, leadership and community organizations. The DeVos foundation has given millions to hospitals, health research, Christian organizations, evangelical missions and conservative think tanks. She has also provided financial support to Michigan’s Pregnancy Resource Center, Baptists for Life, the Right to Life Michigan Educational Fund and many others.

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The arts are an area in which Betsy DeVos is deeply involved and to which she has given her support for many years. President George W. Bush appointed her to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts board of directors in 2004. She remained on the board until 2010. She helped fund a center to teach people to manage and raise funds for cultural institutions. The DeVos family gave over $22 million to the organization. It’s called the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. Betsy DeVos helped to create the international art competition called ArtPrize.

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The Positive Political and Social Impact of George Soros

George Soros is a Hungarian-born American philanthropist, investor, and businessman. He was born in Budapest in 1930, but during his childhood, the family relocated to London. He has proven superiority as a hedge fund manager, with extensive success at Quantum Fund, and his startup, Soros Fund Management.

In London, he put himself through university working as a waiter and as a night railway porter. He graduated from the LSE with a bachelor’s degree, and a Master’s in Philosophy.

During his course at LSE, he was introduced to the idea of open societies through Karl Popper’s book, “The Open Society and Its Enemies.”

According to George Soros, an open society is one whose moral codes and norms are based on principles that aim to improve the human welfare and the quality of life. It is characterized by accountability, democracy, and transparency, which makes it a utopian kind of society because these principles are considered to be universal.

After completing his education, George Soros began his career working at several brokerage firms and merchant banks such as Singer and Friedlander in London. This gave him proficiency in international stock arbitrage.

He relocated to New York in 1952 and became a stock broker on Wall Street. George Soros started his career in hedge fund management when he incepted Double Eagle; his first hedge fund. The fund was later renamed to Quantum Fund.

Owing to the success and profits from Double Eagle, he began a second fund, named Soros Fund Management in 1970. Visit bigthink.com to know more about George Soros.

He views himself as a divinely mandated missionary with a responsibility to change the institutions of the world into better systems. To this effect, George Soros is an active philanthropist committed to several political and social change ventures across the globe.

He has donated over $11 billion between 1979 and 2011 to various causes. George Soros is the founder of Open Society Foundations, an entity that supports human rights and democracy in various states. The Foundation is active worldwide in over 70 countries. Learn more about his profile at Forbes.com.

Through the foundation, he offers donations to American Liberal and Progressive political ideals and causes. He is a prominent supporter of refugees and left-wing groups and causes.

He has also been able to provide scholarships for black students during the South African apartheid.

George Soros was primarily involved in Eastern Europe’s peaceful move from communism to capitalism. He funded several cultural exchanges between Western and Eastern Europe in the 1980s. These exchanges played a major role in the process because it helped the Soviet bloc to open itself to the capitalist world.

He has also been part of raising political support and funding for the campaigns of notable individuals such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, and Joe Biden. He has also made contributions to the Democratic National Committee Services Corporation and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.