Dick DeVos, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy launched the first charter aviation-themed school at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport about 5 years ago. As the main supporters of West Michigan Aviation Academy, they have not only given to the school donations of $315,000 on annual checks in 2013 but also gifted the school its first plane. In addition, they participate in the school’s annual fundraising gala which draws in A-list speakers through the connections of the DeVoses like Apollo astronauts and retired President George Bush.

 

The next biggest drive for Mr. DeVos and his wife is Arts and Culture of which they donated at least $2.4 Million or 21% of the total givings to charity made in 2015. Dick and his wife have garnered a lot of attention for their charitable contributions amounting to almost $139 million over time, an amount that is pocket change if compared to Dick and Betsy’s outsized donations politically. The West Michigan based couple is unveiling the money funneled for philanthropic giving through the Family’s Foundation.

 

11.6 million dollars was given as charity contributions in 2016 according to a report by the DeVoses Family Foundation site. This is more than twice the $5.3 Million donations in campaign reported by Betsy DeVos to the federal government over the past five years as part of the vetting process to get a cabinet post. Mr. DeVos, in his capacity as President of John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, started an initiative to support the arts before it grew to a separate identity. Their decision to start the DeVos Institute of Arts Management with a donation of $20 Million to the University of Maryland was to support Michael Kaiser’s initiative to strengthen the organization from the business side.

 

Other contributions for philanthropic causes done by the Devos were split as follows: Development and Leadership $1.5 Million, Community, Civic and other $ 1.8 Million, Health and Human Services $618,000, Public Policy $1.5 Million, and Churches $488,250. The DeVoses always choose to donate to causes they hope will bring positive change and also give without dictating how the contributed funds should be spent.

 

Dick DeVos Personal and Work Background

Dick DeVos is a proud father of four children and grandfather of five. He works in Michigan and is the Chief Executive Officer and President of The Windquest Group. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Northwood University.

 

Dick Devos was lucky to start off his career as Vice President of Amway International in 1984 where he worked for six years before moving to Orlando Magic where he was the CEO, President and a member of the Board. In 2002 he started working for the Windquest Group to date, and he is the President and CEO of the company.

The Inspiration of George Soros’ Philanthropy

George Soros is among the most recognized philanthropists in the world. He has donated more than $12 billion to charity works. The money that he has offered has been beneficial to people and foundations that are devoted to advocating for transparency, freedom of expression, justice, equality, and accountable governments. He has also been supporting individuals who are discriminated by the society because of who they are. These people include sex workers, drug users, and LGBTI.

Soros is motivated to support discriminated people because he experienced its first hand. His homeland is Hungary. Between 1944 and 1945, the country was affected by the Nazi Occupation that led them to the killing of more than 500,000 Jews who lived there. His family managed to survive by making false identities that enable them to hide their backgrounds. He also assisted other Jewish people to forge identities so they could survive the harsh operation.

In 1947, George Soros left the country and relocated to London. He enrolled at the London School of Economics and worked at a railway station and a nightclub to pay for his education. After graduating from the institutions, Soros relocated to the United States. He joined the finance and investments industry and managed to generate a lot of money. The billionaire founded his hedge fund company, Soros Fund Management, in 1970 and is currently recognized as one of the United States’ greatest investors. Read more about George at The New York Times.

George Soros is also the proprietor of the Open Society Foundations, which runs several foundations and projects in more than 100 nations in different regions of the world. The activities of the organization reflect his thoughts and Karl Popper’s philosophy. He believes that a society can be successful if it supports democratic governance, respects people’s rights, and offers freedom of expression.

The billionaire has been giving back to the community since 1979. His first charity work was providing scholarships to black South Africans who were affected by the apartheid rule. Since then, he has been supporting various movements. He has been offering financial assistance to paralegals and attorneys who are committed to representing thousands of people who are arrested unlawfully. Soros also gave money to pay for university fees for thousands of students who come from marginalized communities. Apart from his organization, the billionaire has been funding bodies such as the Institute for New Economic Thinking Global Witness, European Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Crisis Group.

George Soros is also recognized for his active participation in the United States’ politics. He has been a benefactor of the Democratic Party for several years now. Soros donated to support the presidential bid of Barack Obama. He also offered financial aid in the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party candidates in 2016. Learn more about his profile at washingtontimes.com.