Betsy Devos Seeks Support For Hurricane Victims

In the wake of several devastating hurricanes and tropical developments that have wrecked havoc on the coast of Texas, Florida, and the entire Puerto Rican, the United States Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos tweeted her condolences to the individuals affected by these natural disasters. The Secretary of Education is reportedly preparing for a large scaled government intervention for students who were adversely affected by the tropical storms. Devos’ support of inconvenienced students is not surprising in light of her track record with the American school system. For decades, Betsy Devos has fought for the rights of disenfranchised and underprivileged students.


Betsy Devos began her political career shortly after marrying her husband of more than 30 years, Richard “Dick” Devos. At the time of their marriage, Dick Devos was the leader of the largely successful multi-level marketing company, Amway. Dick Devos and Betsy Devos became heavily involved in the political systems of Grand Rapids, Michigan, their city of residence. While Dick chose to become politically active in a highly visible capacity, namely by entering the Grand Rapids gubernatorial race in 2006, Betsy Devos chose to affect political change through the medium of education. After leading several committees that sought policy change in the public and private school sectors, Betsy Devos was elected the chair of Grand Rapids’ largest education political action committee.


In addition to their full time work with the conservative political party in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Betsy and Dick Devos also donated millions of dollars to help underprivileged children in the Michigan area. Betsy Devos has always supported school choice for students who would not otherwise have received options. In the later portion of 2009, Devos lobbied to support the Michigan education department’s funding of school choice programs and scholarships. Because of Betsy Devos’ political involvement in the school choice programs in Grand Rapids, Michigan, hundreds of poor students were able to attend new charter and private schools instead of the failing public schools that many of these students were scheduled to attend.


Because of Betsy Devos’ remarkable philanthropy toward American students in need of financial and academic help, the lives of many students have been changed forever. As the current United States Secretary of Education, Devos seeks to implement the many changes she made to education policy procedures in Grand Rapids in the American education platform. Although her offer of assistance to students who were adversely affected by inclement weather was met with criticism by some professional social media pundits, Devos has countered ridiculous claims. Both the Secretary of Education and the staff of the Education Department agree that petty arguments should be placed aside to effectively fulfill the needs of students from Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.


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George Soros and His Open Society Foundation Combats Repression

In the latest installment of the Open Society Foundation, the topic discussed was the prevalence of cell phone cameras and the recording of interactions between police and those in close proximity to a crime. The large number of recordings made of police incidents, especially those concerning interactions with African Americans have been used to make a case for and against the police. The case discussed by the Open Society Foundation was one that occurred in France and the person who had filmed the incident was subjected by the local police to physical and verbal threats far in excess of what happens in the United States of America. Learn more on Discover the Networks about George Soros.

The philanthropic endeavor of George Soros and his Open Society Foundation is a worldwide effort to fight for the public’s right to know and to help in the fight against repressive governments. Soros was subjected to the horrors of war when as a Jewish youngster he saw the effects that both the German Army and later the Communist troops had on the people in his native Hungary. Soros escaped to London and began his studies where he came into contact with the writings of Karl Popper. Popper was a man convinced that closed societies lead to the dreadful conditions that have been experienced by Europeans during the Second World War.

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Once George Soros established his fortune by putting his education to use in the financial markets, he began his philanthropy and wrote numerous books and lectured around the world espousing the ideas of Karl Popper. Living in the United States of America, Soros has made himself available to those who wish to see the world evolve into a better planet with the elimination of totalitarian regimes and secret societies that have too large a hand in controlling every country. Learn more about his profile at

Dick DeVos’s Gifts To Grand Rapids And National Charities Totals Around $139 Million

Dick DeVos has usually been quiet about where his charity funds have gone, but when his wife Betsy DeVos was chosen to be the US Secretary of Education he revealed the longtime secret. The DeVos’s revealed that their lifetime philanthropy totaled somewhere around $139 million. While they have supported many Republican political candidates, the DeVos’s have donated most of their money to social charities including education, healthcare, arts and humanitarian causes. Dick DeVos’s gifts to a Grand Rapids children’s hospital once earned him the Spectrum Health Foundation‘s Art of Giving award.


As advocates of school of choice and donors to several notable private schools, the DeVos’s have primarily supported education through their foundation. The Education Freedom Fund was started in conjunction with Children First America and several other private school non-profit groups to supply scholarships to underprivileged children. Part of the DeVos’s efforts to reform education also included a ballot initiative that would have allowed tax credits and private school vouchers, but it was voted down on. Several years later they started the Great Lakes Education Project and it culminated in starting a charter school of their own known as the West Michigan Aviation Academy. Another large donation from Dick and Betsy DeVos went to David Rubenstein’s Kennedy Center project in Washington D.C., and its arts center was promptly renamed the Dick & Betsy DeVos Institute for Arts Management.


Dick DeVos started The Windquest Group in 1989 and is currently Chairman there. This company invests in many alternative energy, retail, food service and technology companies based in Michigan. Prior to that Dick worked for Amway Corporation, a direct selling company that his father Richard DeVos Sr. ran for many years. Dick got his bachelor’s degree in business from Northwood University, and after working his way up from a managerial role he became Vice President of Operations which placed him in charge of foreign markets. He left Amway briefly while starting The Windquest Group and serving on the Board of Directors of the Orlando Magic, but he returned as CEO in 1993 and ran the company until 2002.


Dick DeVos has helped bring business and other entertainment and profitable venues into Grand Rapids through his work with the Grand Action Committee. He and Betsy not only contributed to political campaigns but also have run a few of their own. In 2006 Dick DeVos decided to challenge Jennifer Granholm for the governor’s seat and initially it looked like he might have a chance to win, but he failed to live up to expectations in the debates. He did get involved with the Heritage Foundation and the Mackinac Public Policy Center and as a campaign donor to Republican legislators was able to lobby for a right-to-work law in 2012. When he’s not too busy with business and philanthropy, Dick DeVos has raced in the Chicago-Mackinac sailing race and also flies planes.


Billy McFarland Continues to Oversee Rapid Growth of Magnises

Over the past decade, more and more credit card companies and providers have been trying to lure new customers by providing airline miles, cash back, and other rewards.  While these credit card programs have been popular, a new credit card program developed by a recent college graduate is becoming increasingly popular.

According to Business Insider, A young entrepreneur named Billy McFarland developed the new credit card program a few years ago. The credit card program, Magnises, is much different than other credit card programs in that it focuses on marketing to younger professionals.

While the credit card program focuses on anyone under the age of 35, the majority of its clients are young professionals still in there 20s.

One of the main differences between Magnises and other credit card programs is that it doesn’t focus on attracting customer through cash rewards or other financial benefits. Instead, it focuses on providing customers with access to social networks.

Those that end up signing up for the program will be able to take advantage of the Magnises social network, which includes an online network and community, but also hosts many free parties and networking events every year.

The founder of Magnises, Billy McFarland, is a recent graduate of Bucknell University. He came up with the idea for the program while he was still in school and started marketing it while finishing his education.

The program today is continuing to attract new members and could have over 10,000 in the next year. Future growth is expected to be high as the company will look to expand into more and more cities.

Dick DeVos, an Entrepreneur with a Soft Spot for Charity

Dick DeVos is an established entrepreneur, with broad interests in business, politics, and philanthropy. Born, Richard Marvin DeVos Jnr in 1955, he is the first-born son of Richard Devos and Jay Van Andel, the co-founders of Amway Corporation.

Dick DeVos joined Amway Corporation in 1974 and worked in several departments in the company. In 1984 he became the vice president in charge of 18 countries, a position that helped him familiarize with the external offshore operations of the firm. During his tenure, he broke the company’s sales record when sales from abroad surpassed domestic sales. In 1991, Dick was appointed by his family to manage the NBA’s Orlando Magic’s franchise.

After leaving Orlando Magic in 1993, he took over as the president of Amway Corporation until 2002. During this time, he managed operations in 50 countries. In the year 2002, he spearheaded a restructuring process that led to the formation of Alticor Corporation, which constituted of Amway Corporation, Access Business Group, and Quixtar Corporation. It is also during this period that he co-founded the Grand Action Committee where he still works 23 years later

In 2006 he ran for Governor in Michigan State on a Republican ticket but lost. Always on the move, he formed the West Michigan Aviation Academy in 2010 where he is still the chairman, the first ever aviation public charter high school. He also joined Michigan’s Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Dick DeVos, is a philanthropist, donating to charitable events through the Davis and Betsy Foundation, formed in 1989. He has helped put up a heart hospital, market and medical school in the Grand Rapids area. He initiated the Education Freedom Fund that offers scholarships to the less privileged in society. Since 2009 the foundation has been sponsoring art competitions through the ArtPrize outfit.

He is married to Betsy Prince, and together they have seven children and five grandchildren. Davis is a trained professional jet and helicopter pilot.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Northwood University. He also has several honorary degrees from Northwood University and Central Michigan University.

Currently, Dick DeVos is the President of the Windquest Group, a private investment firm based in Michigan that has interests in alternative energy, manufacturing, and investment management.