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Dick DeVos: Tenacity, Drive, and Heart

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Dick and Betsy DeVos have come under intense scrutiny over the past year. Every move they make is studied and dissected. They have receive much criticism for their huge political donations. But their large charitable donations have not received much attention. These philanthropic figures only came to light in during Betsy’s Secretary of Education confirmation hearings.


In 2015 the DeVoses contributed $11.6 million to charitable causes. That figure is double the $5.3 million in campaign contributions that Dick and Betsy have given over the last 5 years. Giving seems to be part of the family bloodline. Dick, his father, and his siblings have donated a collective $1.33 billion over their lifetimes. That huge number is made even more impressive when you consider that it is about a quarter of the family’s fortune.


Dick and Betsy believe that education is of paramount importance. In 2015 they donated over $3 million to educational causes. The majority of this money goes directly into helping individuals. They believe that every child should be given an equal chance at a quality education. They support a voucher system which they believe will help children that are born in the “wrong” district. Dick is a believer that education is the key to success; both for the country and the individual. Every person deserves a chance to succeed. His philanthropic shows his desire to reward hard work with opportunity.


Dick DeVos is no stranger to hard work. He worked his way up his father’s company, Amway, to the position of President. He was fortunate to receive much opportunity and tenacious enough to take advantage. His tenure as president of Amway saw the company into its largest expansion. Under his leadership the company expanded into more than 50 countries. Upon his retirement from the corporate world Dick DeVos dedicated himself to helping his community and country.


Politics can be a difficult arena. One should only enter if they are prepared to help their fellow man. The DeVos family’s rich philanthropic history illustrates their desire to make their community and country great. Dick DeVos’ professional career shows him to be a man of fierce tenacity. His political activity shows him to be a man of great drive. His philanthropic life shows him to be a man of great heart.


James O’Keefe Unknowingly Reveals His Plan Against George Soros Group Through A Voicemail

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Failure to hang the phone caused the consecutive activist, James O’Keefe, to trip his attempt of infiltrating one of the groups funded by George Soros. After making a call to the Open Society Foundation, James identified himself as Victor Kesh and left a message. However, because he failed to disconnect the line, James went on to explain his ill plan against the group to an unidentified person.

In his voicemail to Dana Geraghty, James asserted that he would be interested in helping the firm fight for the European values. He went on to explain that Kesh was a Hungarian-American. Kesh ends the call after requesting to be connected to a senior member of the organization and leaving his number. However, in the voicemail, James is heard telling someone not to say anything before he hangs up the phone. It is here that James engaged the unidentified person in a 10-minute deliberation concerning his plan against the George Soros group.

During the discussions, Kesh is heard saying that he would like to use Geraghty’s LinkedIn page to get to Soros. However, he soon realizes that by using Dana’s LinkedIn page, he would reveal his identity to her through his LinkedIn account. Geraghty was later to confess how chilling it was to hear that she would be used as the point of entry. Dana was sure that James and his people were not technology savvy. After listening to the voicemail, she forwarded the same to the president of the foundation, Chris Stone. Stone scorned their attempt to use Garaghty as the entry point to the foundation. Stone went ahead to assert that since James and his people could not use internet browser, they were ill prepared to carry out undercover operations. He decried James’s action against the foundation. This information was originally reported on Raw Story as elucidated in the following link

About George Soros

George Soros is the founder of the Open Society Foundation. He also serves as its chairman. The foundation was established with the view to enhancing open societies across the globe. Through the Open Society, rights are respected and governments become accountable for their actions. Over the years, George has been instrumental in establishing different initiatives that have helped millions of people around the globe. Soros is credited with establishing an international system that advances accountability and transparency over the extraction of natural resources. Soros posits that his achievements in the financial markets gave him the independence to take stands on controversial matters.

It is imperative to note that George is a successful author. George Soros’s books highlight his approach to investment and business as well as his views on economics, open societies, globalization, politics and philanthropy. Some of these books are The Tragedy of the European Union, The Soros Lectures at the Central European University, Financial Turmoil in Europe and the United States: Essays and the Crash of 2008 and What it Means. The other books are The Age of Fallibility, George Soros on Globalization and The Bubble of American Supremacy among many other books. This information was originally reported on George Soros’s website as highlighted in the following link

Dick DeVo’s Sailing Win and Cherity Contributions

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At the Junior Day of Melges 32 Gold Cup, while both the first and the second day were spectacular with the event of three races that are added to the scoreboard, with these three races were a big success. On this day, Dick DeVo’s lead by a single point, but with Alessandro Rombelli, who is the reigning world champ, close behind. The first race of the day, and race three of the series, was started under a beautiful day, which consisted of a slight breeze, lots of sunshine and calm seas. On this day, both DeVo’s and Rombelli got good starts and headed left to get good pressure. However, the shifting breeze gave afforded teams, such as Rombelli an opportunity for advancement. At the end of the day, at the finish of the race, Rombelli got the win after outpacing DeVos. However, DeVo’s finished just behind him in second place. The forth race in the series was possibly one of the toughest, as the competitors sailed for a long time. And on the five-leg and the final race of the day, thing’s didn’t get easier, as a puff of breeze came in pushing the speed from five to ten in a matter of seconds. During the downwind of the shifts and puffs, Dick DeVo’s was able to advance to eleven positions of the downwind of round second at the gate. DeVo’s continued took a big gain in a final weather mark, as he extended for a win. In the end of the race, DeVo’s came out on top for the USA with a score of 20.

Dick DeVo’s is an business man and entrepreneur from Michigan, and has been the CEO of a customer goods company that he has been worked for from 1993 to 2002. He has worked for the business of Amway, Orlando Magic and Amway/Alticor. He is also the founder and
president of the Dick and Betsy DeVo’s Foundation, which is a Grand Rapids foundation that has given thousands of dollar donations to artistic, educational, religious, civic, community and free-market organizations since 1990. Some of the organizations they donate to include Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Kids Hope USA and the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan, amongst many others. And in 2010, the West Michigan Aviation Academy was opened under DeVo’s direction, being the first aviation public charter high school in the nation. And in September of 2010, DeVos was presented with the Art of Giving Award from the Spectrum Health Foundation.