Dick DeVos and His Philanthropy Work

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Dick DeVos is a reformer and a renown philanthropist. He is also a former president of Amway Corporation. Together with his wife Betsy DeVos, he has also co-founded Windquest Group as well as a family charity organization. The couple has devoted a greater part of their lives reforming policies and institutions. They also have a high political influence which has enabled significant changes in laws affecting labor and education.

 

Dick and Betsy lifetime charitable contributions add up to almost $139 M. The DeVos Family Foundation donated $11.6 M to charity in 2015 alone. They also gave $5. 3 million to campaigns over the last five years. Dick and Betsy are part of a family dynasty that has involved itself in Republican politics for many years. Dick’s father, Rich DeVos who was a co-founder of Amway was also a key player in Republican politics. The DeVos extended family is also involved in philanthropy, the elder DeVos together with his children gave out $104 million to charity in 2015.

 

Together with his wife, Dick focuses more on education in their philanthropy work. Their foundation offered $357,000 to organizations that support education reform. The couple also allotted over $3 million to education-based philanthropy which accounted for 26% of their donations in 2015.

In 2013, Dick and Betsy DeVos contributed $301,000 to Potter’s House, $100,000 to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, and $50,000 to Rehoboth Christian School in Mexico. Other amounts donated included $50,000 to Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, $315,000 to West Michigan Aviation Academy, $200,000 to Dick DeVos’ alma mater Northwood University which is in Midland, and $25,000 to Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning. Their funding also goes to a charter school advocacy in Michigan known as the Lansing-based Great Lakes Education Foundation. Additionally, Potter’s House which is an urban Christian school and Grand Rapids Christian Schools are longtime beneficiaries of the DeVos’ contributions. The schools supported financially by DeVos offer accountability, academic rigor supervision, and adult support.

 

Five years ago, the DeVos’ launched the first aviation-themed charter school in the country on Gerald R. Ford International Airport. They also do offer more than the annual checks to West Aviation Academy where they are patrons. They utilize their good connections to benefit the school, especially in fundraising events.

 

Other than education the couple gives charitable contributions towards Arts & Culture, leadership, and development, public policy, churches as well as Health and Human Services. In 2015, they donated over $2.4 million to Arts & Culture which is their second biggest focus. These amounts account for 21% of their total charitable giving. They also gave out $488, 250 to churches, $1.3 million to public policy, $1.8 million to civic & community, $1.5 million to leadership & development and $618,000 to Health & Human Services.

 

The Devos and the Hiring of Phil Dolci

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The head of The Winquest Group, Dick DeVos, owns and controls several companies under The Windquest Group. Its biggest is Stow Company. The most successful of the remaining dozen are Boxed Water, Neurocore, and the reserve. DeVos owns and controls his empire with his wife of more than 30 years, Betsy Devos. He came on board the Amway Corporation train in 1974 and became the vice president of Amway International in 1984. He left Amway for a few years, but returned to it in 1993 as its president.

In addition to his present position as owner and controller of The Windquest Group, DeVos also sits as a board member for six different companies. He also has several outstanding personal accomplishments: He is a two-time National Champion sailor, as well as a fully licensed jet and helicopter pilot. For her part, Betsy’s accomplishments have also been great, having also been active in the Republican party for many years. She currently also sits as a member of several boards across the country. The Devos are very active in the operations of The Windquest Group. Dick recently hired Phil Dolci as the new CEO of his company, The Stow Company Inc.

Dolci with be replacing the retiring Frank Newman, who will remain on board activities at the company as a member of the board of advisors. Dolci is definitely not a newbie in the field. He comes to The Stow Company with more than 23 years of experience in the consumer products manufacturing and marketing industry. Devos is confident in Dolci’s ability to lead the company to ever greater heights. Dolci earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Northwestern University has previously worked with Crosman Corporation, U.S. Playing Cards, Sanford, ConAgra Foods, Dean Foods, and Kraft Foods.

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Keith Mann Extensive Philanthropy

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For the love that he has for education, Keith Mann has been looking forward to implementing a scholarship program for the uncommon schools in Brooklyn. His major objective with the scholarship is promoting education in addition to connecting the youths in college with important professional career guides. In collaboration with his firm Dynamic Search Partners, Mann managed to raise $22000 meant to support students from the uncommon schools who majorly are from poor backgrounds succeed through the college education. Keith is also part of the new school to be opened in Brooklyn and is glad that he is able to help students with dreams to pursue college education come true.

Apparently, students who are from senior year in the uncommon schools will have the chance to apply for scholarships which will help them through the college education. Mann and his scholarship group already visited the uncommon schools and were happy with how the students are eager to know more about the scholarship. In addition, they are interested in having the college education, internships and achieving their professional dreams. Keith looks forward to developing great leaders of tomorrow and usher in a positive change in the lives of families that those students come from. Also, he is looking forward to connecting them to professional firms from where they can obtain more skills in their chosen careers.

Keith Mann is the founder of Dynamic Search Partners and is famously known for including alternative investment in private equities back in 2006. He is also popular for his promotion of education and has been in the executive search industry for a long time. Mann has lots of expertise in handling and management of hedge fund; he discovered through executive search that alternative investment has also not been integrated to the perspectives of most firms. His firm Dynamic Search Partners has developed to handle clients in a variety of regions like Asia, Europe, and the United States. He runs the overall management procedures and has over time managed to serve over 200 clients in the executive finance industry. Keith is also an expert in hiring strategy, compensation and staffing; he looks forward to opening more opportunities for schools in Brooklyn and has been a very active philanthropist in most children and youth activities.

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Man up with Andy Wirth

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Andy Wirth is a man with a master plan . He us the president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings which happens to be the parent company of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Ski Resorts. Yet Andy’s ambition doesn’t end there. Worth fell in love with Sky diving . Sky diving became a huge passion for the young CEO . However Wirth’s passion soon turned into tragedy when a sky diving accident Left him without his arm and almost without his life. Wirth had a new challenge ahead of him. He would need to work hard to get his strength back and recreate how he was going to do life.

Doctors worked hard ad were able to reattach Wirth’s arm . He now has about 70 percent of the use of his arm now , however recovery is still in the process.
After a group of Navy Seals came to Squaw Valley Wirth quickly became friends with them and shared his experience . They quickly adopted each other . Since this chance meeting Worth has raised more than 40,000 for the Navy Seal Foundation. Wirth has went on to compete in the Iron man competition and says a lot of dedication to training comes from the strength he saw in the wounded Navy Seals.
Because of the incredible strength Wirth saw in this men he decided to do something for them. Andy Wirth has complied a group of men to compete in the Iron man competition and while doing so they raise money for the Navy Seal Foundation. The team that Worth complied is called Special Warfare Warrior and they are calling all of us to action. You can make a difference in the life a Navy Seal family who has lost a navy seal or is dealing with a wounded navy seal by going to https://www.crowdrise.com/wwsupport. You can make a donation for the Navy Seal foundation by making a contribution to the special warfare warrior team for the Iron man competition.

Visit the crowdrise page today and make your pledge at https://www.crowdrise.com/wwsupport

Stop Demonizing the Confederacy

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The Supreme Court will here a case regarding the legality behind a state vehicle board rejecting a Sons of Confederate Veterans logo on a license plate. The decision was found to be in violation of First Amendment rights by a panel of federal court appeals judges. The state is arguing that it can’t be a case of discrimination since it has never issued any license with the Confederacy or its’ battle flag represented. There is also the argument of whether the Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate is even protected by the First Amendment.

The problem is that so many associate the Confederacy with racism and hatred. Amen Clinics ran an advocacy campaign in effort to contribute its support to erasing these outdated historic barriers. The Confederacy was primarily an agrarian society so slave labor was counted on as a way of life, but the Union states also practiced slave labor. Abraham Lincoln has been accused by some of being a racist, while Robert E. Lee, the Confederate General, did not even own slaves. The Civil War was more of an economic difference than one over slaves. The Civil War was more about states rights versus federal rights, which in some corners the Confederacy was right. Groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Granddaughters of the Confederacy are preserving this countries history. Not recognizing the rich history offered by the Confederacy and continuing to hide from the past does not heal wounds, but rather allows this hate to fester.

Laurene Powell Jobs: Philanthropic Inspiration and Political Activist

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Born in New Jersey in 1963, Laurene Powell Jobs attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She later attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she earned an M.B.A. in 1991. That same year, she married one of the founders and a former CEO of Apple Inc, Steve Jobs. While Powell Jobs had spent many years in the private sector as a financial analyst for firms such as Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, after her marriage her interests turned to the founding of an organic food company called Terravera and to serving as a member of the board of directors of the Achieva company.

Philanthropical Causes

Along with businessman Carlos Watson, Powell Jobs helped to found College Track in 1997, an initiative with six locations around the country that encourages and assists low income children in attending college. With a success rate of over 90% of the 1,400 College Track-trained students who enter higher learning and a rate of 70% who graduate, College Track is a stunning success and there are plans to open a further five centers in cities across America.

As many of the students in College Track are from families of undocumented migrants who entered and remain in the country illegally, Powell Jobs supported a documentary filmmaker in the production of “The Dream Is Now,” a short film highlighting the lives of the children of immigrants and their struggles to obtain legitimate citizenship and further their education. This vital issue has made Powell Jobs a passionate advocate of the Dream Act, a cause whose success she continues to pursue.

While both her late husband and she were adverse to making very public monetary donations to charitable causes, they did give money and gifts anonymously, a practice that Powell Jobs continues in the wake of her husband’s death.

Powell Jobs is also a passionate advocate for issues across the continent of Africa as well, joining actor Ben Affleck in Congo to support his Eastern Congo Initiative. In 2012, in her capacity as board member of Conservation International, she traveled to Botswana for a gathering of African leaders and has played a part in several other charitable ventures across the continent.

Political Involvement

An enthusiastic donor to the Democratic Party and passionate advocate of education, immigration and health care reform, Powell Jobs has increased her political profile in recent years, meeting with key lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to bring awareness to issues she finds worthy. Her Emerson Collective, an organization that gives support to both groups and individuals who work to further immigration and education reform, was founded in 2002.

Content to avoid the limelight before her husband Steve’s death, Powell Jobs has since actively sought to use her stature to champion various political causes and bring attention to the plight of underprivileged or immigrant students, causes that go hand in glove with her philanthropic work. Her visibility and passion both serve to bring attention to her personal causes and the future may well reveal a place for Powell Jobs on the national political stage.