With the advent of social media and the flood of information that comes along with the Age of Information that we live in now, the boundaries between facts and the absurd are getting blurred.
A frequent favorite victim of fake news is George Soros.
The name George Soros has been slandered and maligned and has often been demonized, mostly by people from the far right. For them, George Soros is the ‘boogeyman’ who uses his billions to push liberal agendas and meddle in politics. Some have even hinted that George Soros is a puppet master that controls the strings attached to American presidents. These claims, of course, are part of the absurd.
The fact is George Soros started from the bottom and it took him years of studying and developing a strong sense of understanding investments to reach the top. With that, once the investor was able to reach the top by investing in successful ideas and becoming one of the most impressive investors in the whole world, he used and continued to use his wealth to give back to the people. The man is a philanthropist and someone who is continuously dealing with charity and donations through is philanthropic work and fund groups that fight for civil, migrant, human rights, as well as freedom of speech.
George Soros has generously given more than $12 billion to support these groups in recent donations, and has given $18 billion to Open Society Foundations, an organization that fights for the rule of law and accountability of government officials who abuse their power. However, the total sum of the money that George Soros has already given to these Open Society Foundations is much higher, as it is a big chunk of the net-worth that the investor has today. All in all, George Soros fights for the marginalized people who are victims of corruption and tyranny.
George wasn’t born with a silver spoon. He faced many challenges in order to arrive to where he’s at now and that’s why he understands the feeling of the small people who are often marginalized by their own governments that was supposed to protect them.
George knows this feeling too well because he was born to a Jewish family in Hungary, in 1930, and he has first-hand experienced the Nazi oppression when the forces of Hitler invaded the Hungarian territory and Budapest, George Soros’ homeland. After the war, George was able to move to London where he waited tables to fund his education. He went to the London School of Economics where he learned how to make a fortune in investments and finance.
Nowadays, George Soros is a retired investor, but he continues to invest in new ideas every now and then, mainly to keep his wealth high enough to be able to constantly donate to the Open Society Foundations and keep funding organizations that support people in needs.
The main targets of the donations of George Soros, for some time, where the Jewish communities, mainly at the critical times when they were facing a lot of censure, but he has supported all sorts of causes and goals and to know more
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Charitable giving is itself an art. The expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts is the latest example.
The project reached its fundraising goal so quickly that the target has now been raised by $50 million. The funds will go towards an expansion of the center itself, but also a riverfront pavilion. A pedestrian bridge will link the two. The enhancements to the center will include three new pavilions, spaces for education and rehearsal, as well as offices and dining space. The initial fundraising goal was $125 million. By September, 2015, the total raised had topped $135.9 million. A good portion was contributed by the co-founder of the Carlyle Group, David Rubenstien. His $50M donation outstripped other enormous donations from The Boeing Company, Jacqueline Mars, and Stephen and Christine Schwarzman.
Among other contributions was a sizable check from Dick and Betsy DeVos.
Since its start in 1989, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has consistently supported education, community, the arts, justice, and leadership in Western Michigan and beyond. These causes have long been passions for the DeVos family. But art has taken on a special significance.
Since 2009, the DeVos foundation has sponsored the ArtPrize festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The exhibition runs 19 days and covers over three square miles in middle of the city. Public votes count towards the award of a $200,000 grand prize. In 2013, ArtPrize hosted over 400,000 visitors, giving thousands of artists, unknown and otherwise, the chance to display their works to an enthusiastic audience.
Then, there’s the West Michigan Aviation Academy. Since 2010 it’s been a center of inquiry for those interested not only in aviation, but also science, engineering, technology, and math. Students get to see ideas and principles become real in a way that itself resembles art.
I can’t pass up an opportunity to celebrate Dick DeVos‘ dedication to the contributions of his fellow Dutch-Americans. The DeVos foundation supports the New Netherlands Institute in New York, where artists like Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and even Eddie Van Halen are honored for their contributions and Dutch heritage.
Thus, the act of giving is itself an art. Philanthropy requires intense scrutiny and discernment if the contribution is to have any lasting, positive effect. A charitable gift is an idea made real in some way. It only makes sense DeVos would support the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
James O’Keefe, a conservative activist, messed up his own attempt in trying to work undercover in a schematic way against Open Society Foundations. He disguised himself as Victor Kesh when he called the Open Society Foundations as illustrated in an audio.
In the audio, O’Keefe, acting as Victor Kesh, left a message to Dana Geraghty claiming to be a Hungarian American who wants to participate in their cause for European values. He also stated that he wanted someone to contact him and leave a number. O’Keefe neglected to hang up the phone in which he didn’t realize, thus discriminating himself by informing an unknown person of his plan on http://www.georgesoros.com/the-life-of-george-soros/. He told the person not to say anything before hanging up the phone. The discriminated discussion he had with the unknown person lasted for 10 minutes. He said that someone besides him should make a hundred phone calls like his, and he said that he is going to open Geraghty’s LinkedIn page to use her information to help him enter the Soros “octopus”. He didn’t realize that if he did this, it will reveal his own LinkedIn to Geraghty.
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Upon hearing this, Geraghty said that it felt a little chilling that she was going to be used as a point of entry. She also said that she didn’t want to sound ageist, but it was obvious that O’Keefe and the other person were not used to technology. She forwarded the voicemail to Chris Stone, the president of Open Society Foundations. And as a result, Chris Stone ridiculed their attempt in scamming saying the Watergate burglars looked good compared to them. On the other hand, Stone realized the issues of playing dirty tricks against their organization aren’t funny.
About George Soros and the Open Society Foundations
George Soros is the Open Society Foundations‘ founder and chairman. These foundations include a network of projects, partners, and foundations in over 100 countries. George Soros and his organization have contributed greatly for tons of people who can’t help themselves in significant ways. Soros has a commitment for the idea of open society, including the respecting of rights, government accountability, and ending monopolization.
George Soros began his philanthropic efforts in 1979 when he gave black South Africans scholarships when they were under apartheid. During the 1980s, he helped to eliminate Communism by providing Xerox machines in the Eastern Bloc to copy texts that were banned, and supported cultural exchanges with the West. Soros also started the Central European University for the promotion of critical thinking. His philanthropic efforts expanded throughout the United States, Asia, and Africa. His Open Society Foundations assisted in supporting lawyers and paralegals to represent thousands of people being unlawfully held in which some of these people were held for years without legal representation. George Soros also supported independent organizations such as the European Council on Foreign Relations, the International Crisis Group, Global Witness, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Additionally he performed the biggest and most concentrated effort in history in bringing the Roma citizens of Europe into the mainstream by providing school and university costs for thousands of promising students, including armed conflicts’ refugees, young Roma, and young people of other downtrodden groups.