Category Archives: Philantropist

Betsy DeVos: A believer in quality education for all

Betsy DeVos is the current and the 11th secretary of education in the US. She was nominated by President Donald J. Trump in early 2017 and approved by the congress for this position. DeVos holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is wife to businessman and philanthropist Dick DeVos. Mrs. DeVos has lead various campaigns and political party organizations. She specifically was the head of Michigan Republican Party for six years. Secretary DeVos has for almost 30 years spent her time advocating for education reforms that would help underprivileged students gain access to quality education.DeVos’ dedication to education reforms started at an early stage in life following influence from her mother who was a school teacher. Her interest grew stronger when she became a parent and had to send her children to public school for education. It is at this time that she realized how the many children were disenfranchised in the search for quality education.

On realizing this educational inadequacy DeVos joined hands with other proponents of educational reform in her locality and ever since she has been in the forefront in advocating for better education for every child in the United States. Additionally, Mrs. Devos spent 15 years as an in-school mentor in the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Public Schools, where her role enabled her to interact with all stakeholders in the education sector. This role made her who she is today, an education reformist.DeVos advances the gospel of quality education and equal opportunities for all children. DeVos advocates for equal entitlement for all students regardless of their area code or a child’s family financial capacity. She believes, every child should have access to a world-class quality education.

As secretary, Devos aims at taking back education control authority to states and localities, where parents can have more input in deciding the educational environment they would like their children to have. In her effort to strengthen the parent empowerment program, DeVos has supported the creation of new educational options for students in 25 states. Most significantly Mrs. DeVos advances her reform agenda through various nonprofit roles. She is head of Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation which engages in numerous charitable activities. She serves as a board member for various grouping that includes: Mars Hill Bible Church, DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, Foundation for Excellence in Education, and the Kids Hope USA. She is also well known as a frontrunner and campaigner for the educational-choice movement. In that regard, she serves as chairman of the Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for Children (AFC).

James Dondero and the Highland Team Offer Generous Philanthropic Grant

The financial industry is rife with people trying to make a difference in the world. The majority of those people are relatively focused on their clients and bottom line, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but some businesses focus even higher. Highland Capital Management was founded by current CEO James Dondero. Dondero and Highland Capital are focused on making a difference for their company as well as the communities that they serve. Highland Capital recently made an agreement with The Family Place in order to offer up a $1 million grant to help victims of domestic abuse.

 

The $1 million grant was developed by The Family Place and approved through the philanthropic extension of Highland Capital — Highland Dallas Foundation, INC. The grant will be focused on matching donations to The Family Place up until the $1 million mark is reached. Highland Capital will match 50% of each donation until they reach their target goal. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings was integral in calling for civic response to the problem of domestic abuse throughout the community. Rawlings partnered up with the Dallas Police Chief — David Brown in order to make this call all the more emphatic.

 

James Dondero is never afraid to put himself out there and that has been a keynote in his entire business career. Dondero says, “The civic community in Dallas gets things done.” Dondero went on to praise how The Family Place helped to develop the grant in order to get it approved. Dondero goes on to say, “We are proud to invest alongside many of the most generous and thoughtful in the community.” Dondero’s words are far from empty as his work within the community continues to get magnified in terms of its importance.

 

In terms of impact it is hard to really sum up how important The Family Place is to the Dallas region. The Family Place has served 225,000 clients since they opened their doors in 1978. Over the years the foundation has focused on giving shelter to over 20,000 women and children as well as men who also struggled with domestic abuse.