My career path for years now has been focused on trying to unearth and understand the life and philanthropic works of the renowned investor and business mogul Mr. Dick DeVos. In trying to understand who he is it is vital that we look into his family that has for many generations been involved in donating to those that are needy in the society. From time immemorial most of the family’s givings have been focused on giving towards political causes, but I came to understand that Dick DeVos on the other deviated from this.
In keeping up with his family traditions, Dick DeVos focuses his charity donation towards promoting the improvement of the education system in the United States of America. Doing this has rough him a lot of recognition because of the positive impact his funds have brought. In unraveling his philanthropic works, I came to understand more about who he is as a person going back to his time as a dedicated young student at Northwood University to his career life. His career life saw Mr. Dick DeVos occupy many executive leadership roles in many companies such as the Amway and the very famous Orlando magic basketball team playing in NBA.
An essential organization that Mr. Dick DeVos established with his wife Betsy DeVos is Education Freedom Fund which has been on the forefront in facilitating scholarship programs for students in America. Through the Fund that he helped established with a colleague Mr. Dick DeVos has been able to help fund more than 4,000 students in receiving a better education in Michigan.
It is important also to state his charity works not only involve donations but his active participations in schools as a board member of various institutions. For example, he had the opportunity of serving as a board member of West Michigan Aviation Academy.
His ambition to be able to fund children from low-income backgrounds led to him establish Alliance for School Choice that closely works with the American Federation for Children. A student that enroll in this program has the opportunity of accessing tax-free student loan that helps fund their education. The program itself has had tremendous success in the Florida with over 50,000 students registering to obtain the loans.
The program also allows a student to be flexible enough when it comes to choosing the institutions they want to attend. As evidenced by this Dick DeVos has mainly impacted the lives and education of so many students in America.
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Thor Halvorssen is a well-known human rights activist and a founder of the Human Rights Foundation. In a recent Fox TV interview, he openly criticized Socialism, yet admitted to supporting Bernie Sanders, a Democratic Presidential candidate known for Socialist proposal.
Mr. Halvorssen claimed that he would rather have him in the office than Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Clinton, as he went on, has accepted contributions from Middle Eastern states known for totalitarian regimes, suppression of human rights, and banning of Christmas. So, support for Mr. Sanders was a result of opting out for a lesser evil.
It seems, though, that Bernie will not win the nomination anyway. Now, the choice will be between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The problem is, as Thor Halvorssen portrayed, when a Socialist leader makes lots of populist promises to the people, but then ends up looting the country. An example that was given is Venezuela where the government froze prices of certain products and services, which then resulted in shortages and a humanitarian crisis.
Thor Halvorssen thinks that democratic Socialism can exist if there’s a rule of law. The problem is when the executive in charge decides to take control of everything.
Mr. Halvorssen’s family comes from Venezuela. His father was a political prisoner there, and his mother was shot. Presently, his first cousin is in prison in this South American country.
As this famous activist says, you don’t end poverty by redistribution of wealth. You need to create more wealth. But, not every Bernie Sanders supporter seems to understand that.
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