Dick DeVos focuses charity on local Michigan schools

Dick DeVos has always been one who practices what he preaches. Unsatisfied with the direction in which Michigan’s Republican Party was headed, DeVos decided that, in 2006, he would run for the governorship of the state. Although he narrowly lost to then-incumbent governor Jennifer Granholm, he demonstrated that compassionate conservatives still had a good chance of winning political contests in a state that has been heavily dominated by Democratic politics.

 

But DeVos has also been unafraid to put his money where his mouth is when it comes to his ideas about the way education should be structured within the United States. Over the course of his philanthropic career, DeVos has given away more than $110 million to charitable causes, most of which have been centered around the area where he lives, West Michigan.

 

The extent of DeVos’ philanthropy was recently made public as a result of his wife, Betsy DeVos, being vetted for her post of Secretary of Education, to which she was appointed recently by president Donald Trump. One of the most striking aspects of DeVos’ philanthropy is the extent to which he has donated to local educational causes. Some of the institutions to which DeVos has contributed include Grand Valley State University Downtown Grand Rapids Campus, Compass College of Cinematic Arts, Ferris State University, Northwood University, Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning School and one of the more unique projects, West Michigan Aviation Academy, a charter high school dedicated to teaching disadvantaged youth aeronautical science and other skills related to aviation.

 

DeVos has long been intensely interested in lifting up the most disadvantaged young people. DeVos has always believed that true equality should never be denied children, solely based on the zip code in which they are raised. To this end, he and his wife have financed a large number of charter schools and given significant sums to many more. One of these, the Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning School, has helped thousands of some of the most disadvantaged young people in the state of Michigan overcome their economic hardships and become productive and highly educated citizens. It is through efforts like these that DeVos is doing much more than advocating for charter schools or other ideology-based positions. He is directly funding actual projects that are changing lives. Through these projects, DeVos has proven the concept of charter schools and demonstrated to the world that there are viable alternatives to the current failing public school system in the United States.

 

Many of DeVos’ critics actually come from the education sector themselves. But far from being honest, disinterested critics of an idea that they genuinely believe is flawed, many of DeVos’ most vehement critics are themselves employed by the education system, relying completely on its continuance for their livelihood. Many of these teachers and administrators know that they could not be hired at a performance-based charter school.

Kim Dao’s 2nd Day in Singapore

At 9:45 a.m., Kim Dao and Eric left their hotel room to go down for breakfast. Kim Dao had a poached egg, some plain oatmeal, sausages, and a tomato. After breakfast, Kim Dao and her boyfriend returned to the $600 a night hotel room to rest up for their final full day in  Singapore. At lunchtime, the couple left the hotel to eat at the Marina Bay area to get some chicken and rice for lunch.Learn more : http://inspirery.com/kim-dao/

 

Wao Hao restaurant was located on the fourth floor of the Marina Square mall. Kim Dao and Eric scanned the menu trying to decide whether to get a whole or half chicken. Kim Dao ordered a half chicken for herself with an aloe vera drink, and chicken broth. The plate of chicken came with some greens, some red sauce she could put on, and a side of white rice.Learn more : https://www.depop.com/kimdaoblog

After lunch, Kim Dao went shopping and tried on a white jacket at Zara’s. She liked the jacket because the pockets were real. After leaving Marina Square, Kim Dao went to the Esplanade Mall. Singapore has some businesses like The Coffee Bean that can be found in the United States.

 

 

Kim Dao especially wanted to go to the marina to see the white lion fountains that seemed to spurt water from their mouths. It was so hot, Kim Dao and Eric walked back in the to the hotel. Along the way back to the hotel, the couple walked passed the Singapore Supreme Court building.Learn more : https://twitter.com/kimdaoblog?lang=en

 

How Adam Goldenberg has developed his Business Ventures

Adam Goldenberg is a successful American entrepreneur who has established several e-commerce firms that have been profitable. He has been an active businessman from the time that he was 15 years old and has managed to be a co-founder of leading online fashion retailers such as Fabletics and Techstyle. Goldenberg currently has a business partner who is known as Don Ressler. The two have worked together in establishing many profitable enterprises on builtinla.com. Both entrepreneurs are highly skilled in marketing and developing top brands that quickly maneuver in the corporate world. Before Adam and Don met, they owned separate businesses, and they were both successful.

Adam Goldenberg has sufficient experience in entrepreneurship since he has been in the field for over a decade. During the years that he was still in high school, he established a company that was known as Gamers Alliance. The enterprise was a success and Adam later sold it to Intermix Media. After the divestment, he was offered an opportunity to act as the vice president of Strategic Planning of Intermix Media. Goldenberg had to quit high school for him to focus on being an administrator at the company. The company later appointed him to act as its chief operations officer. At that time, Adam Goldenberg was 20 years old and was the youngest COO who served in a publicly traded business. Ressler was the proprietor of an enterprise that was known as FitnessHeaven.com. He sold the firm to Intermix Media where he met Goldenberg.

In 2005, Adam and Don left Intermix Media after it was sold to News Corporation. They then decided to establish an independent business that was known as Brand Ideas. After a while, they renamed the company, Intelligent Beauty. The primary focus of the business was to offer brand incubation solutions to its clients who were mainly top corporations. The firm generated revenue of approximately $500 million within a period of one year. Intelligent Beauty then invested its money in founding businesses such as DERMSTORE and SENSA.

Most of the companies that have been established by Ressler and Goldenberg have generated millions of dollars. The skills and experience of the two businessmen allow them to notice profitable market trends. JustFab managed to grow at a fast rate and had more than 6 million clients within its first two years in business on cnbc.com. The company managed to attract several investors who offered it more than $250 million. JustFab changed its name to TechStyle, and it has subsidiaries which are ShoeDazzle, FabKids, and Fabletics.

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