George Soros is a renowned philanthropist world over. He has given out more than $12 billion so far that has gone to fund organizations and persons who fight for the rights of marginalized groups and persons, such as LGBTI people, drug users, and Roma people. The advocacy includes freedom of speech, government accountability, transparency, equality, and justice. George Soros was prompted to fund these groups by his own experience. Soros’ family survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary in the 1940s by faking their papers. He moved to London after the war and enrolled at the London School of Economics. He supported his studies through menial jobs as a railway porter and a waiter. George moved to the United States in 1956 to start his career in finance and investments. He started his company, Soros Fund Management, in 1970 and rose to become a prominent investor in the United States. After gathering enough resources, George Soros started the Open Society Foundations.
George Soros’ philanthropic works run far and wide. His first project was in 1979 when he gave scholarships to black South Africans. He later got involved in photocopying texts that were banned in the Communist Eastern Bloc. His participation promoted the exchange of ideas more openly. George Soros later created a critical thinking platform, the Central European University which saw the Soviet community open up to the world. George Soros continued with his philanthropic work, expanding to the United States, Africa, and Asia. His mission throughout the causes he undertook was to achieve an open society. He was actively involved in protesting the war on drugs while criticizing the approach adopted. He was part of the founders of the medical marijuana movement in the United States. George has over the years funded the legal representation of unlawfully held individuals as well as education for marginalized people. The organizations that have benefited from his support include the International Crisis Group, the European Council on Foreign Relations as well as the Institute for New Economic Thinking among others. George Soros has continued to be actively involved in the running of the Open Society Foundations even in his old age. Read his profile at Forbes.
Ferguson and Missouri Protests Funding
George Soros funded the Ferguson, Missouri protest movement supporting the activists with 33 million dollars. The funding went to several groups that networked and shared ideas, creating a powerful effect. Groups, such as Make the Road New York and the Drug Policy Alliance, sent representatives early enough to Ferguson. He also financed the groups that created the Hands Up Coalition in Missouri and Dream Defenders. The Ferguson protests were supported by other groups such as the Gamaliel Foundation and individuals such as Kassandra Frederique from the Drug Policy Alliance. Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference also sent some representatives. Know more on businessinsider.com about George Soros.
Greg Secker is an English businessman, philanthropist, international speaker and master trader. He is one of the best traders in the world today. Having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Food Sciences from the University of Nottingham, Greg Secker was employed at Thomas Cook. He worked for the company’s financial segment for a few years before deciding to get into foreign exchange field.
So he quit working for the financial sector of Thomas Cook and joined Virtual Trading Desk, which was a new business at the time. Greg Secker had the opportunity to run the first online real-time Forex trading platform, though this pioneer. VTD would allow its customers to get real-time quotes for their large Forex trade transactions. Soon the business was booming and so was Greg Secker’s career.
He left VTD and was employed by Mellon Financial Corporation. At the time, Mellon Financial Corporation used to be the leading Fortune 500 Investment bank. Therefore, you can imagine how privileged he was, working as the Vice President of the company.
Working at Mellon Financial Corporation helped Greg Secker build a network with some of the world’s best traders. He was also exposed to some of the best international trading floors and got to learn some of the best strategies used by these trading floors. This experience helped him make the next step in his career, start his own businesses.
So, after some years working for Mellon, Greg Secker quit and began his own trading floor. He started without an office, operating the floor from his home, but you won’t believe how much his little business has grown. He is now the proud owner of Learn to Trade, an award-winning educator company. He also owns and manages companies like Knowledge to Action Group, FX Capital, Capital Index, and The Greg Secker Foundation, which is a non-profit foundation that raises money to support the less fortunate in the society. Through his companies, Greg Secker is able to execute his philosophy of educating, strategizing and supporting others.
Patty Rocklage is a certified psychotherapist. Patty assists her clients, who live in the Boston area, overcome their personal struggles. Patty Rocklage adopts a warm and calm style that eases the minds of these clients so that they can concentrate on the changes they need to implement in their lives. Patty mostly offers marriage and family counseling to couples. The counseling helps the affected individuals find ways to solve their life’s challenges. Patty has over 20 years of counseling experience, and this helps her find suitable solutions to her clients.
Patty attained her psychology degree in the year 1981 from the University of Southern California. As a psychotherapist, she is licensed to offer her services in Massachusetts. With over 20 years of experience, Patty has garnered invaluable skills in various fields such as teaching, team building, public speaking, and coaching. Her calm nature and distinctive skills have assisted many clients in achieving personal growth after the counseling.
While still helping couples solve their life’s issues, Patty understand the importance of her community and is involved in numerous outreach activities. She is a strong believer in giving back to the community. One of Patty’s community event is when her and her husband, Dr. Patty Rocklage, gifted a major gift in 2016 to the Chemistry department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The gift helped the University renovate the nanochemistry and nanotechnology lab. Dr. Scott Rocklage is a Chemistry doctorate alumni of MIT. The lab is currently used by Moungi Bawedi, the Lester Wolf Chemistry Professor. This gift is an illustration of how successful people give back to help in the growth of education. Patty Rocklage on Twitter.
The Successful Renovation of Rocklage Home
For a long time, Scott and Patty Scottlage had the desire to renovate their house. They were not pleased with how far the kitchen was from their house. While still searching for a great renovation company, they landed into Ed Freedlender and The Sudbury Companies. The Sudbury were best at saving on resources and time, while Ed was excellent at creating breathtaking remodels at minimal costs. They hired the experts, and the results were breathtaking. The kitchen was flawless. Patty and Scott hence recommend the Ed for their high-quality results and also delivering the job on time!
Betsy DeVos is a noted philanthropist in the United States, in particular for educational, cultural, and artistic causes. She is also the co-founder and Chairwoman of The Windquest Group which invests in technology, clean energy, and manufacturing. She is married to Dick DeVos and together they created a charitable foundation called the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.
Betsy and Dick founded The Windquest Group in 1989. Among their clean energy ventures is one called The Green Machine which converts heat that would otherwise be wasted during the manufacturing of products to instead be turned into electricity. The company looks at sustainability through the lens of economic viability. If a venture is not economically viable, due to such factors as being too reliant on subsidies or tax credits, then it’s not going to be sustainable in the long run.
Among the recipients of donations by the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation (www.dbdvfoundation.org) is the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, of which Betsy DeVos is a former member of the Board of Directors. The focus of their donation to the center was to train the next generation of managers and board directors in the art field to learn how to fundraise and manage the organizations they would be leading. Another art-related project that they have given to is ArtPrize which hold an annual international art competition.
The family’s foundation has supported a wide range of educational opportunities for young people. They award students working to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration at Northwood University through the Betsy and Dick DeVos Scholars for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Scholarship. The Foundation For Excellence in Education which is a think tank in Florida that is focused on educational reform is where Betsy also serves on the board.
In her home state of Michigan, Betsy DeVos supports the West Michigan Aviation Academy. This is a tuition-free school the Devos’ founded where high school age children across the area can learn the skills needed to one day enter the field of aviation. The academy, opened in 2010, is located at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. The academy has experienced rapid growth and can now teach up to 500 students each year. In addition to teaching kids the skills they need they also teach them character values such as respect and trust. The rigorous educational standards that the academy holds to prepares the students for success in life and career. Visit Betsy’s website here: http://www.betsydevos.com/
There are some very intellectually talented individuals in the world today as so in years of the past. Every industry, field, sector, or sport has a few individuals that seem to stand among as well. Have you ever heard of a guy named Eric Pulier? More than likely you haven’t heard because he’s not a household name, but this individual has done amazing things for society. Eric Pulier is a man if many talents thanks to his broad range of knowledge. When it comes to technology, Pulier is somewhat of a guru and his success dated back to when he was a child growing up in Teaneck, New Jersey. While in just the fourth grade he programmed his very first computer and by high school he had already founded a computer database company. That right there is more than most people have done in a life time, but this brilliant minded individual kept on pushing until he finally made it.
Eric Pulier took his talents to Harvard University where he majored in English/American Literature. During this time he took classes over at neighboring MIT despite having a full schedule. Pulier was an accomplished writer as well as he wrote for the school’s daily newspaper called The Harvard Crimson and he was an editor there also. By 1988 he graduated magna cum laude and by 1991 he would begin his professional career in California. Having such a strong passion for technology, Pulier went to work and created a company that dealt with solving the many issues in healthcare and education. This is where he truly made a name for himself as he would go on as a founder of 15 companies to this day.
The guy became so successful though still being rather young. Pulier donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in tech start-up companies, raised money for charitable organizations, and invested money into Capital Venture Deals. Today he is a proud father of four beautiful kids and lives a comfortable life in the Los Angeles Area.