You may have heard the name George Soros in some wild political tinfoil conspiracy theories discussion around the internet. In a lot of times, especially coming from the alt-right, George Soros is a great billionaire who uses his money to make this world more liberal or to simply push liberal agendas, or, to the words of some, more “gay.” But behind these absurd claims, lies the truth. And sometimes the truth is more straightforward than what most people expect.The thing is, it is true that George Soros uses his money, power and influence and to an extent, it affects a number of political policies, but he uses his money to fund groups that fight for freedom of expression, migrant rights, equality, human rights, rights against discrimination and other rights that us humans simply should have and would make the world more equal for all.
The alt-right would have us believe that George Soros’ goal is something sinister like world domination and that he and other billionaires are really the ones in control of the government. It was in the 90s when George Soros became the “boogeyman” and favorite enemy of the far right when he moved to block Bush’s reelection. It went on as Soros repeatedly spoke against wars, particularly the war in Iraq, and even on the war on drugs. George believes that the war on drugs causes more problems and damage than actual drug abuse itself.The truth is, George Soros has made more for dozens of communities and countries than most billionaires with similar financial power have ever done in their entire lives. George Soros has created the Open Society foundations, organizations that use the monetary support of Soros to fund communities that need help, give aid to noble causes, people that are suffering from abuse, oppressiveness and even censure.
You might be wondering, why does George Soros help so many children, adults, and seniors?Believe it or not, George Soros is one of those wealthy individuals that has a rags to riches story. Born in a Jewish family in 1930 Hungary, George experienced the Nazi oppression first-hand. George and his family were forced to hide their identities to escape persecution. When the war was over, George moved to London where he got his first job waiting tables and as a railway porter in order to financially support his schooling at the London School of Economics. He made his fortune in the world of finance and investments and is currently one of the world’s most famous philanthropists and billionaires.Currently, George Soros has freely given over $12 billion in support for groups that fight for migrant, civil, human rights and freedom of speech. This dedication hasn’t ceased whatsoever, and the Open Society Foundations are still fully functional and helping communities.
Dr. Mark McKenna is the founder of OVME, which is a medical aesthetics company that looks to disrupt the industry with new innovations. He founded it after working in the medical aesthetic field for many years and feels like he has discovered plenty of opportunities for change in the field. Mark gets inspiration by meditating daily, and he is a believer in setting goals to strive towards. Mark feels that his active reading habit makes him a better entrepreneur, and as a health nut, he loves the fact that the amount of people who smoke in the world is on the decline.
If Dr. Mark McKenna could start all over again, he would take more time discovering his passion and slow down a bit. He feels that doing too much without having a direction is pointless, and he also believes in the idea of surrounding himself with people who he feels are smarter in order to be a better person himself. Some of the people who have influenced Mark and the way he thinks are Barack Obama, Michael Bloomberg, and Elon Musk.
Mark McKenna is a Georgia based medical doctor, originally from New Orleans, LA, who is licensed in Medicine and Surgery. He graduated from Tulane University Medical School and afterwards practiced medicine alongside his father. He went on to start up McKenna Venture Investments, which was a boutique real estate investment firm and also acquired Uptown Title, Inc. as well as Universal Mortgage Lending. In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina ravaged much of New Orleans, Mark helped to redevelop low to moderate income housing in an effort to help with the rebuilding of his city.
In 2007, Mark McKenna founded ShapeMed, which was eventually sold to Life Time Fitness Inc. After the sale, and all of the way until 2016, he stayed on with the company as its National Medical Director. Then in 2017 he decided to launch OVME, which is a tech ready, consumer, aesthetic medical business that looks to change the face of elective healthcare. Today, Mark calls Georgia his home, and loves spending time with his children and wife, Gianine McKenna.
Betsy DeVos is highly passionate about educational reforms. This is becoming more evident as she is the Secretary of Education in the Trump administration.She further talks about major advances that are taking place in Louisiana along with Indiana. These two states are able to serve close to a million students each year. It is a fact that all these students will not be taking advantage of these programs. Still, there would be widespread adoption of the educational choices being provided through these programs.Betsy DeVos had been involved in these states during her election cycles. She believes that these reforms are a result of the right people getting elected from these states. They can draft good legislation, and get it implemented well after it gets passed. This way the students will be able to find the school of their choice.Betsy DeVos is associated with the American Federation for Children. This is a part of her national reform efforts.
She believes that education choice can be implemented successfully only when it becomes a non-partisan issue. Unfortunately, this has not been the case till now. This is because the Democrats have been taking the side of the teachers’ unions. This is why Betsy DeVos is engaging with Democrats so that they can do the right thing. This is because all are well aware that education has to be non-partisan in order to be effective.There is a growing interest being taken by the Democratic leaders in promoting education choice. Now, this has turned into a movement that has a lot of Democratic support. All this is due to the steady efforts being made at the grassroots levels since a long time that has spanned several election cycles. To be precise, Betsy DeVos has been involved in these from 2003 onward.
Her grassroots activities require special mention here. This includes providing ads on the urban radio stations in order to inform and engage parents about voucher opportunities and such other activities. Next was billboarding as well as web ads. Other activities included mailings along with phone calls. Even the parish churches, as well as community groups, were included. Next were the parent meetings to impart information. All this can be easily classified as grassroots work. It was tedious but important too.Due to the grassroots activity, the awareness about the school choice program had risen amongst the public officials as well as community leaders. This is why in 2012, the legislature decided to expand the New Orleans program in order to make it statewide.Betsy DeVos further maintains that there has been overwhelming parental satisfaction from this program. This is why the statewide program based in Louisiana has managed to enroll nearly 5,000 children during the first academic year.
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From a successful businessperson to a philanthropist, Bruce Levenson is trying to make the world a better place. In a report by Forbes, the former owner of Atlanta Hawks has come up with a simple, yet ingenious way of spreading awareness of giving back to the society through his new initiative; Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland.
This initiative is something new in the higher education world. The aim is to reach out to the undergraduates of the University of Maryland and introduce as well as expose them to the world of volunteering and non-profit business, https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/03/9165680/university-of-marylands-non-profit-initiative-is-changing-higher-education. This initiative will help to create a more non-profit business, leaders, equipping them with skills so that they can compete with their private sector counterparts. Levenson and his wife Karen seeded $75 million to this cause, which Levenson labeled it as the only solution to the labor market that lacks enough business skills. The state of Maryland also made a contribution of $20 million.
The first class; Philanthropy 101partcipants were each given $10,000 to contribute to any cause of their choosing. This action fueled curiosity and has managed to attract more participants.
The initiative that launched in 2010, it has been gaining more attention and has led to the availability of this field as a major. It has a mission divided into two; transforming the institution into a Do Good center with each student graduating encouraged participating in actions of giving back, to train and create the next wave of non-profit business leaders.
The initiative has also managed to register a success story in the name of Ben Simon, a former student and head of Food Recovery Network aimed at reducing the production waste.
Bruce Levenson is an American businessman and a philanthropist. He was the owner of the Atlanta Hawks, which is an NBA team, before selling it off.
The 67 years old was born in Washington and attended Washington University in St. Louis. Later on, attended American University and graduated from law school. Back in 1977, he and Ed Peskowitz co-founded United Communication Group (UCG). The pair, later on, formed Atlanta Hawks LLC, and they are the majority shareholders. He is also a founding board member of TechTarget and served as an advisor for BIA Digital Partners.