Betsy DeVos an Astute Businesswoman and Philanthropist

Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos was born in Holland, Michigan, her father Edgar Prince founded the Prince Foundation which supplies auto parts. She married Dick DeVos Amway Products founder. She attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration.

Betsy DeVos, in 1992 to 1997 was a chairwoman for the Michigan Republican National Committee. From 1996 to 2000 she was chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party. She is known for her expertise for behind the scenes organizer and an excellent fund raiser, who believes in the core Republican issues

As for her fundraising abilities, in 2004 she worked on the Bush re-election campaign and through her efforts at fundraising she raised $150,000. During the Bush

Administration she was, for two years, a finance chairperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Since 1998 the DeVos family has donated more than $17 million to committees and candidates of the Republican Party.

In 2012, she and her husband Dick DeVos were the producers of the Broadway play Scandalous, which is based on the true story of the famous evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.

The DeVos family started a foundation in 1989 that is centered in the cultivation of leadership, leveraging support and accelerating transformation for education,the community,leadership,justice and the arts. There were 11.6 million in charitable contributions raised in 2015. This brought the couples lifetime charitable giving to $139 million. In 2015 Forbes listed them at #24 on the list of America’s top givers. Visit their family foundation here: http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/

In 2004 President Bush appointed Betsy DeVos to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts board of directors where she served until 2010. She and her husband funded a program to teach art managers and the boards of directors’ of cultural institutions how to manage their businesses and to successfully manage fundraising. In order to continue the program, the couple donated $22.5 million which they gave in the name of DeVos Institute of Arts Management.

After giving this gift to the Kennedy Center she explained she had talked with the Kennedy Centers officials and realized that millions of dollars had been invested in the training of artists and the arts themselves but not in the training of leaders who run these organizations and hire the artists. Their gift will also, in part, be spent on Michigan arts groups that have been hit by the recession. This donation to the Kennedy Center was the largest in the Centers history.

The DeVos family, in 2009 founded ArtPrize which is an international art competition that is held in Grand Rapids Michigan.

Betsy DeVos is a staunch activist for education and is affiliated with the Alliance for School Choice, and the American Federation for Children. She has previously been on the board of Children First America along with the American Education Reform Council. Follow Betsy on Twitter.

Michael Zomber Is A Man Of Many Passions

 

In an interview with the iUniverse Podcast, author and screenwriter Michael Zomber talked about his passions and how they motivate him.

 

He has a love for the Japanese culture and has explored many aspects of it in his latest work Shogun Iemitsu. Zomber is a lover of history. One of his other passions is collecting antique weaponry (He has been a serious collector for 40 years).

 

He has collected quite a cache over the years. He has a number of Samurai swords and guns from all eras.

 

Such is his love for guns, his expertise has been featured on the History Channel’s documentary Tales of the Gun.

 

Michael Zomber’s riveting stories have received high praise. He has a gift for storytelling unlike most others. His expertise on swords and other weaponry during Japanese Fuedalism will have readers on the edge of their seat.

 

Bushido, Soul of the Samurai is an award-winning documentary that solidified his place as an expert

 

Michael Zomber and his wife own a production company that produced the Bushido documentary. He also has other works in progress.

 

He has also released other novels, all of which available on Amazon, including Park Avenue, Sweet Betsy, That’s Me and Son of Kentucky.

 

Michael Zomber is a man of peace. He has given generous donations to the United Way, Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF and many veterans organizations.

 

Zomber, a Philadelphia native, received degrees from UCLA and the University of Illinois.