Impacting Society through Philanthropy; a Look at Dick DeVos’

For any man, it is a struggle and consuming task to reach the summit of success. The question, however, changes when we reach there. After making it in life, do we go back to assist those we have left behind?


In the world of giving back through charity, Dick and Betsy DeVos are a classic example of people with the heart to change humanity. In their lifetime, through their Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, the couple has given over $139 million in charitable contributions.


The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation mainly focuses its attention on policy initiatives around education reforms and scholarships, health and human services, arts and culture, churches and leadership programs.


The attention on school reforms is driven by the desire to level the playing field for those who cannot afford quality education with those who can. In an interview with MLive, DeVos notes that “Kids growing up in the wrong ZIP codes were not able to access the American dream and achieve the education necessary to have a shot at the American dream.”


In healthcare, one of the most notable contributions was in 2006 where in Grand Rapids, they made a donation of $12.5 million towards the construction of a Children’s hospital that would cost $103 million.


He noted that in contributing towards its construction, “The children’s hospital now has allowed families to remain at home and for parents not have to take time off work to drive to Mayo (Clinic), or Chicago or Ann Arbor or wherever the case may be to receive care.”


But with all this and other numerous acts of giving, we can ask ourselves why to this man and his wife, giving back to charity is a big deal. You soon find out that the apple never falls too far from the tree.


Dick DeVos’ father, Rich DeVos who is also the co-founder of Amway has been known for a long time to be involved in philanthropy. Together with his children, Rich DeVos handed out $104 million in various charity donations. This according to Forbes made them number 24 in the list of “America’s Top Givers”.


On the other hand, Betsy DeVos is the daughter of the late Edgar Prince. Her father was a famous Industrialist from Holland who was also well known for his charitable giving. Her work has also seen her nominated as the U.S. Education Secretary.


With some critics pointing that the acts of charity are aimed at political mileage, Betsy DeVos is quick to point out that their interest is only in helping people directly. “These are not political organizations that are advocating or advancing any political agenda. They are trying to serve people,” She has been quoted saying.


Orange Coast College Students Enjoy A Rare and Smelly Flower

Orange Coast College is located in Costa Mesa in beautiful Southern California. It is home to more than 25,000 students and some very unusual plant life. Since 2006 Little Dougie, a five foot tall Amorphopallus titanum plant has literally been causing quite a stink on the campus. Also called a corpse flower, this rare plant from Sumatra smells like something dead when it blooms. While it’s magenta leaves are very lovely, the smell produced during pollination smells terrible. It smells so bad that the college set up visiting hours during bloom so that all the curious visitors who come to experience the flower for themselves can catch a whiff.


Not only is the corpse flower rare, but so is it’s bloom. It can take a decade before ever blooming for the first time. After that, blooms only occur every three to five years. The last opportunity Orange Coast College students had to experience the corpse flower’s bizarre smell was in 2014. If people want to admire the flower’s beautiful bloom from a distance and avoid the rotten smell, the horticulture department set up a webcam online.


When students at the community college aren’t admiring the unusual plant life, they are studying in one of the college’s 135 academic and career programs. Many students who get started at Orange Coast College transfer to UC and CSU campuses, or to private colleges in CA or beyond. The 164-acre college uses the latest technology and exceptional facilities to educate students. Nearly half of the attendees are enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs.


Orange Coast College is fully accredited and committed to transforming lives through education with year-round classes. They continually employ innovative changes to improve their education and engage students. They engage the community not just with stinky flowers, but through various educational community events such as an annual High School Math Meet and Community Science Night. Orange Coast College has been educating students since 1948 and plans to continue serving and growing to equip students for success.

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Bob Reina CEO of Talk Fusion Promotes Company Growth for All

Bob Reina is the founder and the CEO of the Talk Fusion company and he brings his wealth of knowledge on marketing and technology to the table as well. His latest talk on April 24th, 2017 was about how to promote with a purpose, which is vital to understanding your audience. The Huffington Post was renamed HuffPost then the next article on his other talk about how to thrive in a society of quitters was published two mornings later. HuffPost explains that with the rebrand they want to aim to tell the story of people who would otherwise have their voices left out of the conversation and they wouldn’t feel like they were being heard. Reina agrees that rebranding is an art of innovation and a brand’s growth is never truly complete as the backstory behind a company and their consumers is constantly changing and is never the exact same as it was before.

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Bob Reina talks about how important it is to really connect with your audience and how offering something they can connect to helps them gain a personal traction as they have experienced that exact thing themselves in the past. Behind every great campaign in marketing is an action-driven message that will echo with specific people and the past experiences they have had and the way they live their lives each day. That’s what reinforces the brand to those people and makes them believe that brand is the right thing for them. Learn more:


When developing a campaign, it is vital that you develop a persona or an audience that can relate to the way your brand is portrayed. Individual buyer personas help those people feel that that is the right brand for them to be consuming and makes them more likely to be a loyal customer. You must also stay ahead of your competitors, and this means predicting some future trends of where the business is going to go. Being the first one to get there helps you keep that edge on your competitors and provides excellent insight into the minds of the clients you currently have and the ones that you will have in the future.  Learn more:


Mike Baur’s Progressive Commitment.

Mike Baur has many attractive qualities.things. He is a disciplined worker, a progress mind, an ardent scholar and most important or all, a nurturing businessman. He is well schooled, a fact that has immensely played largely in the development of the Swiss private banking industry. The man, who amassed plenty of knowledge and skills in his formative education years and his undergraduate studies, also spent twenty years in the banking industry. He dispensed financial services to his clientele with impeccable commitment. Since then, he became indispensable to most of his third generation wealthy clientele who had not yet been of significant use to the Swiss economy. While he was working, he learned to form his employment endeavors as well as in the University of Rochester where he earned a Master of Business Administration degree. The University of Berne also awarded Mike Baur an executive MBA degree. He left the private banking industry at the age of 39, back in 2014.

It’s rare for bankers to retire at the age of 39 years unless they have other agenda to pursue. Mike Baur wanted to venture into the investment market. He wanted to grow businesses, not for his benefit but the benefit of the Swiss youth full of innovative ideas in the ICT sector. He also wanted to give his Trust Fund customers a chance to make positive use of their money and learn the value of work. In his self-interest, Mike also wanted to break away from the very traditional nature of the private banking industry and settle in a more progressive industry, one of startup acceleration. He happily co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory. Thus, the most independent and flexible Swiss early stage ICT startup accelerator came into existence.

The Swiss Startup Factory, according to Mike, is an actual factory that produces other factories and companies through a set criteria. The products go through the process of inception, creation, incubation, and distribution. Innovative ideas brought to the Swiss Startup Factory get scrutinized and improved, branded and funded. All the inputs by the accelerator are negotiated and approved by the innovators who accept to yield some equity in exchange for,

• coaching,

• mentoring,

• provision of office space,

• networking

• and financing.

Mike Baur plays the role of managing partner at the Factory. His contribution to the Swiss Startup Factory during its founding was indispensable. Apart from being a major force behind its inception, he also gave life to the accelerator by giving it tactical financial services, a wide network of prospective clients and investors, fundraising services and fiscal contributions. As the managing partner, he has also invested a good time in mentoring the various innovative ICT companies in which the Swiss Startup Factory has invested its capital. During the partnership that the Swiss Startup Factory had with CTI, he acted as CTI’s deputy managing director. He also sat in the START Summiteer as a judge representing the Swiss Startup Factory.


How IDLife’s Logan Stout Makes The Most Of His Health & Wellness Adventure

Reawakening wellness to equip people with fitting tools for a healthier lifestyle, IDLife has teamed up with one of the leaders in wearable technology, Garmin International to make it easier for their customers to achieve healthier lifestyles.

The two companies plan to accomplish this by joining together Garmin activity tracking wearable device data into the IDWellness mobile app. The Activity Smart Scale, which tracks users progress to see results, is Wi-Fi connected and allows users to wirelessly sync their data to Garmin Connect. The device measures weight, body mass index, bone mass and more.

The partnership will also draw attention to Garmin’s line of vivo activity trackers. The trackers feature 1+ year battery life, a water rating of 50m and displays steps, calories, distance and more.

For example, the vivofit 3 also tracks all movement and becomes familiar with movement changes from a walk to a run.

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What’s more Garmin devices, which include wrist-based heart rate, smart alerts and a variety of activity summaries to track workouts, can be acquired in a number of colors, designs and sizes.

While the devices will be initially included in IDLife’s product line and available on the company’s website, future plans call for the devices to be available with IDLife’s activity and meal tracking platform called IDWellness.

The Texas based IDLife founder and chief executive officer Logan Stout is a well-known entrepreneur, philanthropist, coach, speaker and author.

Logan Stout launched the company in 2014. IDLife proposes custom guidance to individuals that are adapted to their health circumstances.

After graduating with a psychology degree from the University of Dallas, Stout played baseball professionally and founded the Dallas Patriots program where he concentrates on mentoring and advising youth.

As an author, Stout’s book “Stout Advice: The Secrets to Building Yourself, People and Teams” is available in print.

Stout’s philanthropic activities include support for the Boys and Girls Club of Collin County, Youth Athletes Foundation, the American Heart Association and Frisco Family Services and more.

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Eva Moskowitz Tirelessly Advocates For Better Schools

Eva Moskowitz (born 1964) is an American educator, historian, progressive politician, and author. She is the founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, which began as Harlem Success Academy. Moskowitz served as a City Councilmember for the Upper East Side of New York City. In addition, she has written the book “In Therapy We Trust: America’s Obsession with Self-Fulfillment” and co-written “Mission Possible: How the Secrets of the Success Academies Can Work in Any School” with Arin Lavinia.


Moskowitz was raised in Morningside Heights, Manhattan. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in history. During her years at the university, a professor criticized Moskowitz’s writing style, which later inspired her to emphasize writing instruction for the students at Success Academy schools.


She went on to earn a doctorate in history from John Hopkins University in 1991. Moscowitz taught history as an associate professor at Vanderbilt from 1992-1993, then at City University of New York’s College of Staten Island until 1995. She served as faculty chair of the American Studies department at Columbia University, located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood where she grew up, from 1996-1999.


From this distinguished academic career, Moscowitz moved on to serve as the director of ReadNet, a children’s literacy program. She first ran for City Council in 1997 but lost that election. Her 1999 campaign was successful. As a legislator, Moscowitz wrote bills regarding campaign finance reform, gun control, voter registration among high school students, and health care, but became known mainly for her tireless and strong-minded advocacy for education reform.


Moscowitz is an advocate for diversity in charter schools. She also favors charter schools being funded on a per-student basis the way public schools are. Her proposed educational reforms include a more flexible curriculum for teachers and greater accountability for school principals. She would like to see the closing of underperforming, inadequate schools both public and charter.




Party Planning Palace

In this article, Camille Styles provides the audience with tips on planning a stress-free party. She provides ten major tips for party planning, including organization skills, sending invites, and including a self-serve bar. Based on the information provided in the article, I can tell that the writer has a lot of experience in this area. She provides information on how to provide a party that keeps not only the guests happy, but also their kids if the event is family-friendly. A kids’ table with colored pencils and colorful snacks is the best thing to make sure the children stay entertained. Overall, this article caters to the reader, making sure he or she is able to plan a party with the least headaches. The article does an excellent job sticking to its purpose.


Twenty Three layers is an event planner company located in NYC. Their team members; Jessica Boskoff, Sarah Freedman, and Lindsay Hayden, have creative and energetic minds that will provide a unique vision for your big event. When it comes to corporate event planners in NYC, you cannot go wrong with 23 layers. Their relationships with exclusive venues and vendors, makes planning with them a worry-free experience. Plan your event with 23 layers if you only settle for the best event planners in NYC.


23 layers offers a wide range of services, including venue selection, catering, entertainment, and photography. They can provide you with everything you need to make your event an unforgettable success. They not only handle the large ideas, but also the small details such as branding, custom printing, and lighting. Their list of clients includes huge companies that are well known, like Spotify, Jaguar, and Microsoft. If you are in the market for event planning companies in NYC, 23 layers aims to go above and beyond your expectations.


Kim Dao Takes You On A Tour of Her Apartment

Kim Dao knows that her viewers want to know as much about her as she will share. When she first moved to Tokyo she moved into a small 1 bedroom apartment where she lived for 4 months. Now that she is moving apartments give show her apartment to her viewers. She explains that she was limited on choices when she first moved, because she wanted a furnished apartment. Kim Dao moved because the apartment was a little pricey for rent in the area it was in, and she didn’t like the location. The apartment was quite far from the center of Tokyo. She takes you through the door, where she takes a moment to show you the letterbox. Kim Dao the shows where she takes off her shoes when she comes in, as well a a shelf of random items. She then shows you her washing machine, and vacuum. Then you turn around and there is her bathroom, which is a small bathroom but enough for one person. It contains her shower and sink. The next door over is her toilet, and a shelf for extra toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Kim Dao then shows you her small kitchen, the stove having only one cap. She shows where she keeps her food and her kitchen supplies. She then shows her small bedroom that has a curtain sporting a kitty for an entrance. She also shows her closet area and how it is organized. Kim Dao also shows her make-up table


Fabletics Targets All Women

Fabletics ultimate goal is to be able to serve the needs of all of the women around the United States. The company, headed up by Kate Hudson, is working to make sure that they are able to help women who want to have the convenience that comes along with different opportunities. They also want to make sure that they are getting what they can out of different situations so that they will be able to get the most out of everything that they have to offer. All of the women who Fabletics works with are able to get what they need from the service.


Fabletics is so much more than just a clothing company. They are a service that provides a high level of convenience to women who may not have that opportunity in any other type of situation. They need to make sure that they are getting what they can and that they are doing the most for the women who they serve. For Fabletics, it is all about catering to customers and helping them to feel special about the choices that they have made and with the opportunities that they have to make the choices better for them.


When it comes to the shopping experience, women will need to first make sure that they take the style quiz. A Foodie Stays Fit figured out that doing the style quiz would allow the stylist to match up a perfect outfit for her to stay fit in. She talked more about it on her blog and even did a review that the company didn’t even sponsor so that she was able to be as honest as possible with the people who read her blog. She wanted them to know that she was better at the options that the company had and that she could benefit from them.


The Krazy Coupon Lady also liked the checkout process. The clothing options are very affordable and something that allows women to still have money to spend at the end of the month. At less than 50 dollars per outfit, most women are able to recognize that the prices are unbeatable. For quality that is similar to 80 dollar leggings, the Krazy Coupon Lady reviewed that the prices were unbeatable and able to work very well with nearly any budget. Everyone can benefit from what Fabletics has to offer them. All women should be able to afford them.

How EOS Built a Lasting Brand

EOS is now a trusted brand in the lip balm world with a significant following of loyal customers. The methods that they used to build up their brand were recently highlighted in an article in the Fast Company online magazine which highlighted the growth of the brand.

The Well-known brand EOS was started when two founders realized that there was a significant opportunity in the lip balm industry as the brands that were currently for sale were not modifying their products in any way to meet the needs of their customers.

EOS’ founders noticed that a large proportion of customers were women who were not happy with their lip balm. They were looking for lip balms that had all-natural ingredients that were not created in some factory and which lasted longer on their lips. EOS, or the Evolution of Smooth ( was named after the smooth flavor that customers felt when they applied this lip balm and the dedication of the brand towards creating an elite lip balm helped to establish the company as a lasting brand in the market.

Part of the appeal of EOS is through their packaging and EOS lip balm created unique customized orbs that helped to differentiate the brand from their competition. With customized equipment that their competition had a hard time duplicating, EOS created these brightly colored orbs that were patented and presented a way to stand out from their competition.

EOS used this strategy to build their brand. They further expanded on the interest of their customers by creating flavor combinations ( that enticed customers and kept them trying new flavors. The superior quality of their ingredients kept customers seeking out the non-artificial tasting lip balms that EOS sold and helped the company to build a lasting brand that customers sought out on store shelves.

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