Helping one’s community is a good feeling for both those that are being supported and the person doing the supporting. Philanthropy is how that feeling is spread. That positive energy is being scattered all throughout Texas today by the CEO of Nabors Industries, Tony Petrello.
Mr. Petrello is reaching out to those in need through multiple means. Recently in 2017, Hurricane Harvey has destroyed on the gulf coast of Texas. Through Nabors Industries and the Nabors Charitable Foundation, CEO Tony Petrello has sent help through sending workers where needed. The company posted close to 1,200 workers all of which were paid by the company for working in the nearby cities. Relief contributions of $173,622 were paid by the Nabor Relief Fund, and those funds were matched by Tony Petrello personally.
The charitable practices are beyond that of disaster relief. Tony Petrello and his wife Cynthia had a daughter named Carena. The daughter was diagnosed with Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) which is a condition that affects the white matter of the brain. This event has promoted the couple’s interest in helping children with neurological disorders. The Petrello family has donated up to $7 million to the Texas Children’s Hospital. The money has helped the hospital fund further research in neurological medicine for children. Texas Children’s Hospital has built the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute with this help.
Mr. and Mrs. Petrello met in their college years at Yale University. Professor at Yale University, Serge Lang, was a mentor to Tony Petrello. Recently the Professor has passed, and Tony wanted to honor his memory. Many other alumni wanted to do the same, and together they were able to donate $300,000 to Yale University. Since this act, others have come forth to contribute to the University. Mr. Petrello has since created his own scholarship at Yale. Being a scholarship winner himself, he felt that he should do the same for other students wishing to succeed.
Tony Petrello also has a passion for the arts. He has recently invited Tommy Tune and fifty of Tommy’s friends to his home in Houston. Tommy Tune is an award-winning Broadway star. Together, Tommy Tune and Tony Petrello have started the Tommy Tune Awards which allows Texas High schools to compete in theatre arts.
It seems as though Tony and Cynthia Petrello have hearts of gold and will not be the first time we hear about them when it comes to philanthropy.
There has been a dramatic shift in the political climate of the United States of America. From 2008 to 2016 there was a certain presence that the United States held on the global stage, of respect and at least accessibility. Since the election of Donald Trump to the White House, the United States has been on a direct downward slide in global standing. Still, despite Trump’s disastrous regime, there have been many people willing to stand up in opposition in order to make their voices heard. George Soros, the billionaire investor, and philanthropist has been one of the most vocal opponents of Donald Trump throughout his political rise and Soros just made another move to try and fight back against the rising tide of darkness in the country. Soros made headlines everywhere when it was revealed that he had donated nearly a full $18 BILLION to charity of his own wealth.
George Soros established the Open Society Foundations way back in 1979 as his way of trying to make the world a better place. The Open Society Foundations was established by Soros in order to put money into the hands of grassroot organizers all around the globe. These funds were dispensed to grassroots organizations that focused on transparent government, freedom of speech, artistic expression and social justice. it was clear early on that Soros believed in the OSF and over the past thirty years the charity has handed out nearly $14 billion. Now, Soros is ensuring that his foundation is in good hands for years to come after donating an additional $18 BILLION to the foundation.
When it was revealed that Soros had donated the vast majority of his wealth to charity, there were those that predictably found a way to use it as an attack on Soros. Members on the right, including the propaganda networks Breitbart and Fox News, instantly attacked Soros under the auspices that he was doing something sneaky and untoward. Unfortunately, there has been an embarrassing shift toward demonizing philanthropists by some vocal members of the right wing of American politics. This demonization is a shame but not unexpected. Over the years, Soros has become the ultimate boogeyman for conservatives who want to criticize the wealthy progressive for anything that they can think of.
The reason that Soros is such a devout philanthropist is likely due in large part to his history. Soros grew up in Hungary but was forced to flee his home when the Nazis marched into the country and began their occupation. Soros saw, up-close-and-personal, the dangers that fiery rhetoric and hate-filled nationalism can bring to the common people. Soros and his family would emigrate to London and it was there that Soros began to study Karl Popper’s Open Society. Soros found that the idea of an inclusive, open world was the only way to fight back against the dangers of unchecked capitalism and nationalistic pride. That, of course, put Soros right in the crosshairs of conservative media giants all over the world — which is a shame.
Adam Milstein is a common name. He is known to some as a real estate investor while to others he is a vibrant philanthropist. Adam is one of the people who have taken it upon themselves to fight for the Jewish community. A Jew by race, Adam Milstein has achieved a lot in his endeavor to have a happier, safer Jewish community. His efforts and different approach to philanthropy have earned him recognition slots in recent publications.
On the 6th of September 2017, Stephen Calahan of BLOGWEBPEDIA wrote an article about him. The article covered Adam’s road to success and how he does philanthropic work differently. Adam Milstein was born and raised in a humble family, joining the Israeli forces in the year 1971. He served in the Yom Kippur war but later left the army for college. He studied for a Business and economics a course, moving to the United States after graduation in the year 1979. Here, he ventured into real estate working for the real estate company Hager Pacific Properties. It was while he was at Hager that he was introduced to philanthropy. He has over time coined a unique approach to Philanthropy. Adam’s approach is guided by three pillars “Active Philanthropy,” “Life Path Impact,” and “Philanthropic Synergy. Through the esteemed Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, he has helped many Israeli children with education and bolstered the Israeli-American conflict.
In another article on the French Tribune, Adam Milstein’s success and unique approach are analyzed. The article authored by JACQUES LEFEBVRE and published on the 10th of April 2017 portrays Milstein as an avid philanthropist. His efforts in advocating for the rights of Jewish People across the globe have been highly successful. Jacques mainly captures the work of the Israeli American council in his article. The council is Adam Milstein’s major achievement. It has been most instrumental in helping him achieve his mission of advocating for Jews across the globe. The Council has also helped in shaping and developing American foreign policy regarding Israel.
Milstein through his foundation and influence in the Council has mentored hundreds of students around the world. Through various educational and social programs, these students have been enabled to get in touch with their Jewish roots and connection with Israel. Adam Milstein is currently one of the most notable Israeli Philanthropists. His efforts and achievements will not soon be forgotten.
Adam Milstein’s foundation, Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, will roll off the platform for eligible candidates to apply for the pro-Israel meme competition as of Friday at six in the morning EAT. Hundreds of participants will have a space to send in their works and stand a chance to win awards amounting to $2000. The competition is a creative way to stir up the pro-Israelis spirit among millennials and generation Z, who have become accustomed to memes as the standard everyday communication tool. Memes allowed in the fest will include a range of genres from simple image macros to Snapchat filters and videos as well as websites.
Each participant will have the chance to send in a maximum of five memes which will then await the voting session which will take place on August 3rd at five in the morning EAT. Voters will have an array of reactions to pick from, such as the Facebook reaction emojis. The competition will run upto August 14th when the panel will have a pick at the best performers. The panel has a mix of six high school and college students to maintain a balance in style when analyzing the memes. The winners will be announced on August 17th where there will be one first winner, two second spot winners, five third spot winners and ten runners up.
Adam Milstein stated that the competition is a creative way to show an appreciation for their home country Israel as well as incite patriotism and a sense of pride for the natives in a foreign land. He revealed that he personally sends memes to friends regularly and finds them entertaining and fast when sharing information. Adam Milstein is confident that the contest will be fair and just and described the judging panel as famous in memes in their areas in school.
Adam Milstein works closely with his wife Gina and other partners to raise awareness of their native culture among the young generation growing up in America. In the past, their foundation has been the catalyst for spread of knowledge by sharing books to schools.
Jeffry Schneider, a business man, philanthropist, father, and adventurer, owns a company based in Austin, Texas. He’s an extroverted, sociable person who’s excited to share his personal experiences with anyone who is interested. To uplift and bolster communities, Jeffry Schneider takes part in a significant amount of charity work with organizations like the Cherokee Home for Children, Wonders and Worries, and the Gazelle Foundation. With so many organizations to choose from these days, Jeff chose to focus on these groups as he believes they value giving back to the community and the world as much as he does. An enthusiastic philanthropist, Jeffry Schneider is primarily devoted to helping those who help the less fortunate. He even goes as far as sponsoring specific individuals who have committed to helping others not only in their community but also worldwide.
In congruence with his passion for wellness and helping at-risk communities, Mr. Schneider decided to sponsor an oncology nurse at Dell Children’s Hospital, Elizabeth Stephens, who in her free time visits Latin America to repair children’s cleft palates. Before meeting Mr. Schneider, Elizabeth had been using her own finances including her savings to fund her travels until he, touched by her mission, decided to reimburse her for all expenses she incurred on these trips. His reimbursement will allow her to continue her work, providing essential care to kids in need for years to come.
In addition to improving communities and leading his family, Jeffry leads his employees towards success. The fundamental principle of leadership is to help others achieve a desired aspiration, and at the core of any effective leader is the capacity to evoke the best in others while focusing them on their end goal. Leaders are the most influential part of organizations because they are responsible for guiding their team to reach the company’s main initiative. Regardless of the vision, an effective leader always keeps the team’s focus on the business objective, and Jeff is mindful to do the same.
Jeff seeks to create a positive work environment that empowers employees to focus on the task at hand while working at peak efficiency. Jeff does this by implementing companywide wellness programs and maintaining a friendly, open office culture. Even though Jeffry Schneider has been actively giving for decades, he shows no sign of tiring and demonstrates what it takes to be an excellent leader daily to the individuals around him. Jeff, continuing to focus on altruism, is always ready to extend his philanthropic reach. Subscribe to Jeff ‘s YouTube channel to be updated.
Dick DeVos is a man known for his position as President of the Windquest Group, as well as his substantial political donation. What is lesser known, is that he and his family have also made a substantial amount of charitable donations as well. Former President of Amway and CEO of Orlando Magic, Dick DeVos, and his wife Betsy DeVos made almost 11.6 million dollars of charitable donations in the year 2015. Although generally, they give without stipulations to how the money will be spent, I have found that there are definitely areas of interest where they narrow the focus to a prioritized need.
The largest percentage of DeVos philanthropy is geared towards education. Dick states that he wishes to better the odds that all children have access to a high-quality education, no matter their zip code. One way he’s done this is by launching the first aviation-themed charter school five years ago. The school focuses teaching STEM, aeronautical engineering, and robotics. The school gains students from 7 surrounding counties, 40% of whom are minorities, and a third of whom are considered economically disadvantaged. The success of this school, I believe, can be gathered from its amazing 86% graduation rate, which DeVos admits the testing is great but he instead chooses to see success as the positive impact on the student’s lives and the satisfaction and comfort of the parents.
The couple also donated 22 million towards the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, and not to merely get the DeVos name on the building. It was donated with the belief that the future of the diverse global arts community depends on having high-quality arts management, to which I must agree. Another impactful donation was to the Spectrum Health Foundation, to ensure that a top physician and researcher in childhood cancers could be obtained for the Helen DeVos’ Children’s Hospital. This led to a significant improvement in the survival rate of those treated there for childhood brain cancer. I can plainly see that DeVos not only truly cares about the causes he donates towards, but that he plays an active role in making a positive difference with his philanthropy.
For the last four decades, members of the DeVos family have donated more than $200 million dollars to charity courses. Amway’s co-founder Richard DeVos started the charity work. His sons and their wives have also continued to contribute generously. The family also donates to think tanks and advocacy groups.
Dick DeVos is an American entrepreneur, politician and philanthropists. He was the CEO of Amway between 1993 and 2002 before retiring to venture into politics. His father, Richard DeVos, co-founded the Amway Company. According to Forbes, by 2012, he had a net worth of over $5.1 billion and was the 67th richest person in the US.
DeVos was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 21st, 1955. Despite his wealthy background, he attended a public school. When he graduated from Forest Hills, he became more involved in the family business. At that time, Amway was still operating from his father’s basement. The main responsibility of Dick and his brother, Doug, was enhancing social activities in the company. They would demonstrate products to customers, clear plates from tables during events and escort guest.
The wealthy entrepreneur holds a Northwood University degree in business administration. He tried to further his education at the Wharton School and the Harvard Business School but did not graduate from both. However, he has three honorary doctorates from Northwood University, Central Michigan University and Grove City College.
His interest in politics was enhanced when he met his wife, Betsy Devos. Betsy is a distinguished Republican member in the United States. She has also served as the chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party. In 2006, Dick ran for the Michigan gubernatorial seat but was defeated by the then-governor Jennifer Granholm.
Dick DeVos, has been involved in a number of community initiatives. Through Education Freedom Fund, he has awarded more than 4000 poor and needy children in Michigan with scholarships. He was also elected to the State Board of Education. Here, he served for two years. He is also associated with the construction of public amenities such as the building of a $130 million heart hospital, a $30 million Downtown Market and a $90 million medical school.
Apart from business and charity works, Dick DeVos is also the author of “Rediscovering American Values”, a book published in 1997 by the New York Times. Moreover, he is a qualified jet aircraft and helicopter pilot, a two-time National Champion sailor and father of seven children.