Category Archives: Philanthropy

Dick Devos and his efforts in Education

Dick DeVos is a notable figure in the educations sector. Due to his efforts to reform the sector, he has earned herself the nickname of a ‘reformer’. Recently, His wife Betsy Devos had an interview with Philanthropy magazine where he talked much about his careers and issues affecting the education sector. She has since been involved with various initiatives right from the time he was involved in campus politics. She has led various campaigns for the last 30 years. These would include political action committees and party organizations.
Just like in politics, Devos has been active in business by looking for innovative solutions to social problems. She currently serves as the Windquest Group, a company that involves in clean energy, technology and manufacturing. This is a firm she co-founded with her husband in 1989. She is the former president of both Amway and Orlando Magic NBA franchise.
During the interview, she was asked about the role of government in Education. This is where she said that she felt optimistic that the growth of the private school voucher movement is accelerating. She says that within the last year, there has been an exponential growth in the number of students in educational choice programs. She said that she was contented by the fact that educational choice enjoys enormous popularity especially among the Latinos.
Mrs. Devos believes that her involvement in the movement with Dick was gradual right from the time they had school-age children. It was during their visits to schools that they realized parents were more concerned about taking their children to school they felt had safer environments. As a result of this, Mrs. Devos together with her husband Dick DeVos became increasingly concerned about helping other parents, especially those that came from low income families. She says that just as they felt the need to get their children to good schools, they ought to do the same for other parents who could not afford it on their own.
As a result of her political action, she has been in various educational committees. This helped her shape her thinking and thus the need to be more involved in the educational choice movement. She says that they realized they need to have a keen review of themselves and do this in a better manner. This led them to seek the help of various other key players. This is where they formed the American Federation for Children. This would help them have better advocacy for children.

The Donation of Charles Koch

Among the wealthy individuals in the United States are the Koch brothers who are dedicated Libertarians who have created a vast network of funds in order to contribute large donations to worthy causes. The Koch brothers are not only most noted for their company called Koch Industries, but they are also most noted for being influential individuals within the political world. The influence that the Koch brothers has been demonstrated during the 2012 presidential campaign. During this campaign, the Koch brothers fully endorsed Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate, by donating over $400 million to his campaign. Their goal with politics is to lobby for a free market without tariffs as well as subsidies that only harm the economy.

Charles Koch has built his oil-refining business for decades and has gained a powerful monopoly on the oil-refining business. With not only his success, but also with his determination, Charles Koch has become an influential member in both the business industry as well as in the world of politics. Recently in news, Koch has demonstrated his support for the free market by donating ten million dollars to George Mason University which is most noted for being a libertarian university. This public school has built its reputation on creating a powerhouse in both economics as well as in law. Charles hopes that this generous donation will continue the great work and education that is provided to the students.

George Mason University is a public school that is located just outside of Washington D.C. Between the years of 2011 to present day, this school has also received close to 100 million dollars from billionaire, Charles Koch. George Mason University is the only university that receives this large sum of money at once from the Koch brothers. Though the Koch brothers donate over 20 million dollars to hundreds of universities, no other university receives more than one million dollars on an annual basis. The Koch brothers state that these donations absolutely come without conditions.

In 2014, Charles donated close to 17 million dollars to George Mason University. This made up around one third of the university’s private donations. The majority of the money generally goes to both the Institute for Human Studies and the Mercatus Center. The Mercatus Center is a large think tank that is dedicated to policy making for politicians in Washington D.C. The policies are all free market oriented.