Betsy DeVos Has Devoted Her Career To Helping Children and Various Philanthropy Projects

Betsy DeVos has been involved with education reform for many years which began with her time in college. She became very active in campus politics during that time which turned into over thirty years of fighting for a better political landscape with special attention to providing the best education possible for low-income or impoverished families. She began her career early on with affiliation with the Michigan Republican Party where she served on several political action committees. She even served six years as the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.

She has continued her work through a variety of entities and non-profit groups such as the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. She is also the Chairman of the Windquest Group wich invests in a variety of interests such as clean energy and technology. She is one of the co-founders of Windquest Group which was created along with her husband Dick DeVos in 1989. Her husband is the former President of both the Orlando Magic NBA team and franchise as well as the former President of the Amway company. Her interest in philanthropy and non-profit organizations has led her to work with children and children’s advocacy groups extensively. She is the Founder of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and is a leading force behind the educational choice program. In addition, she serves as the Chairman of AFC or the American Federation for Children as well as the Alliance for School Choice. Some of her other non-profit involvement includes being a board member for the Institue of Arts Management at the Kenedy Center, Kids Hope USA, and Mars Hill Bible Church.

Betsy DeVos focuses much of her attention on the Grand Rapids area in Michigan where they are involved to a great degree with the socio-economic aspect of the area including education and community programs to help underprivileged families that are trying to better their lives. One of the local schools in the Grand Rapids area that she focuses a great amount of attention is the Potter’s House Chrisitan School. She loves their approach to learning and how well the children respond to their curriculum and the overall environment that the children learn in at the school. They focus on teaching low-income children. She and her husband both are proponents of education and her husband was successfully elected to the State Board of Education for Michigan in 1990. Betsy Devos has given to date, in excess of $139 million to charity. The money was donated to a variety of causes including education and art. She is currently serving as the 11th Secretary of Education for the United States. She was elected to the office on January 17, 2017. She was born in Holland, Michigan on January 8, 1958, to Edgar and Elsa Prince. She attended Holland Christian High School and later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids. Read more news on Cleveland.com.

Thor Halvorssen Is A Thorn In The Side Of Human Rights Abusers

The Venezuelan human rights activist Thor Halvorssen has recently seen his profile as a household name grow as he appears on major news networks around the world to give his view of politics and activism. Thor Halvorssen is an individual many in the human rights activism community struggle to understand as he comes from a privileged family, but still continues to get his hands and feet dirty at the pit face of activism; in the past Halvorssen has been attacked by Vietnamese officials after interviewing a religious leader held under house arrest.

Halvorssen brings something new to the activism community as he brings a positive spin to every aspect of the role he plays as leader of the Human Rights Foundation, which he founded in 2005 to push forward his own goals as an activist. Halvorssen does now appear to care which world leaders he annoys as he sets his sights on the nations and officials he believes are denying their citizens their basic human rights; the major appointment of President of the HRF led to Russian opposition leader Gary Kasparov being appointed to the role for the New York based charitable organization.

This is much to admire in the life and work of Thor Halvorssen, which includes a successful career as a film producer he continues to complete alongside his work as an activist. The University of Pennsylvania alum is perhaps best known for his documentary work that tends to focus on the human rights of individuals who live in closed societies or under the rule of oppressive governments.

Through the small level of fame Thor Halvorssen has developed in his role as a film producer and human rights activist has allowed him to develop a number of charitable efforts for non profit groups. Halvorssen works with children’s charities in northern Europe to link them with their peers in war torn areas of the world; the Venezuelan born activist believes engaging the next generation of people in activism is the best way of building the community for the future.