Across the U.S. the people of the nation have many different views of the iconic hedge fund manager George Soros, but his commitment to the cause of social justice reform has seen the Hungarian-born hedge fund manager become one of the top philanthropists in the world for almost 40 years. Soros may now be in his ninth decade of life, but his work as a philanthropist and political donor show no sign of slowing down as the founder of Soros Fund Management has set out to become one of the key figures in the advancement of the protection of rights for immigrants and minority groups in the U.S. The Open Society Foundations reports the life experiences of George Soros have resulted in his decision to attempt to advance the work of his own charitable network into the U.S. as the leader of the Open Society Foundations to advance social and criminal justice reform to protect the rights of people of all races and backgrounds within the U.S. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.
Over the course of the life of the Open Society Foundations, which was established in the early 1980s, George Soros has provided funding of around $13 billion to donate to a network of charitable groups that form the basis of the civil rights movement in the U.S. The concern of George Soros for the minority groups of the U.S. who are constantly under threat from Republican lawmakers and other conservative groups who oppose the work being done by George Soros and his Open Society Foundations; that has included a range of options for advancing the ideas and cause of African Americans and other minority groups. George Soros points to the social experiment of the European Union as a shining light in the world as mass migration has been allowed across the European continent.
The spotlight fell on the work of George Soros and the Open Society Foundations in 2014 when The Washington Times revealed the hedge fund manager was one of the leading financial supporters of the Ferguson protest movement. Soros has spent much of the recent years providing financial support to a range of civil rights groups across the U.S. who descended upon Ferguson, Missouri to try and publicize the cause of Michael Brown, the African-American man shot by police officers in the city. Each year the Open Society Foundations provides around $33 million in funding to groups who played a role in the Ferguson protests, including three groups who formed the “Hands Up Coalition” that was formed in response to the shooting of Michael Brown. Visit this site to know more at opensocietyfoundations.org.
Mike Baur, a successful businessman and entrepreneur grew up in Switzerland. He earned a degree in business attending two colleges, Bern University and University of Rochester. From there he began his banking career at the age of 16 becoming an apprentice at Union Bank in Switzerland. By the time Baur was 30 years of age he moved onto Clariden Leu, another Zurich bank.
But, Baur was a career-mined businessman and he was tired of all the red tape that banks had to deal with. He had a passion. He wanted to help young tech entrepreneurs with startup businesses. So Baur and Max Meister, a fellow graduate of Bern University founded a company called Swiss Startup Factory in 2014. The company was referred to as a “Factory.” People in factories word hard, so new businessmen in new startups need to work hard and be dedicated to be successful.
The Swiss Startup Factory is referred to as an incubator, in which the program provides mentor and training services for 3 months to new entrepreneurs. Baur and his partner conduct contests, in which the new entrepreneurs are able to pitch and present their products. This is held at a Swiss University and referred to as “Start Summiteer.”
Baur and Meister eventually created another firm, “Think Reloaded,” offering financial advice to new entrepreneurs. Both firms collaborated together to form a training and event day called Swiss startup day, which helps entrepreneurs gain financial funds.
During a recent interview, Baur stated, “Swiss Startup Factory is different from other incubators because it is independent. It doesn’t operate as a part of other businesses. The company does not worry about inferences or conflicts of interest. It receives better results due to the financial commitment of its investors. The cofounders invest substantial funds, so this gives them a major incentive to ensure the success of everyone involved in the organization.”
Swiss Startup Factory has made it possible for entrepreneurs to refine and implement new technology ideas. It promotes economic development by offering free office space and investment funds. Swiss Startup Factory also helps to expedite the process in helping the entrepreneur get there products into to the market at the right opportune time.
Adam Milstein is mostly a philanthropist. Even as Chairman of the Board for the Israeli American Council (IAC), Adam’s job is to make life better for Israeli-Americans and the Jewish-American Community. Then, there is the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, an entire organization responsible for empowering our younger generation so they can continue to strengthen Democracy and combat extremism.
With his education and business acumen, Adam could have been a high-powered Wall St. investor or a banking magnate with the accumulation of money and power his only goal. Instead, he uses his strengths and skills to improve humanity. As managing partner at Hager Pacific, Adam uses his substantial capital to develop and rehabilitate under-valued real-estate. He then turns the property into a prosperous development that benefits the community and everyone involved.
Instead of founding a Fortune 500 company, Adam founded Sifriyat Pijama B’America, a Hebrew and Jewish family literacy program in the United States. The program is responsible for sending out high-quality Hebrew Jewish children’s literature and music to children ages 2 to 8. The books come every month and they are completely free.
Adam also serves on the board of StandWithUs, Hasbara Fellowships and the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC). StandWithUs is an international education organization that serves communities, campuses and libraries. Hasbara Fellowships is a campus activism organization that educates thousands of students on hundreds of campuses.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Adam Milstein is the recipient of several awards and recognitions that showcase his generous and giving nature. In 2016, he was named one of the 25 Most influential people on ‘Jewish Twitter’ by Jewish Telegraph Agency. He was named a Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life in 2015, as well as Humanitarian of the Year by American Friends of Magen David Adom.