Dick and Betsy DeVos family is one of the prominent families in the United States. It is a family with a rich history since the era of Richard DeVos, one of the wealthiest people in the history of the United States and the father of Dick DeVos. Betsy DeVos is the wife of Dick and is the current secretary of state in charge of education under the leadership of Donald Trump. Dick and Betsy also have another title to Americans, they are some of the greatest philanthropists of our time. The family has spent millions of dollars in charitable initiatives all over the United States but more in their home state of Michigan.
Since they started engaging in philanthropic works they have donated about $139 million. Dick DeVos has also been involved in political activities of the Republican Party and his family has been a great financier of the party. The trend of donations was set out by his father who has also spent over $100 million in supporting charity activities. In 2015, Dick and his father Richard were named in the Forbes list of Top Givers. In total, the family claims to have donated up to $1.3 billion in charitable initiatives.
A lion share of Dick and Betsy DeVos donations has gone into educational initiatives. The family is known to be very persistent in pushing for the right of every child in the United States to have access to good education. Their attention has been in helping children from humble families access same quality of education as those from wealthy families. It is a common thing for children from wealthy Americans to be taken into private institutions where the quality of education is obviously higher compared to that of public institutions.
Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation
Dick and Betsy DeVos have a foundation that they started to support their various charitable initiatives. According to Dick DeVos, they established the foundation so that they could mentor young leaders and accelerate the transformation of communities in the United States. The foundation has its roots in West Michigan where they are involved in numerous initiatives meant to transform and uplift the lives of the people. In West Michigan, the foundation is supporting various community programs in the education, healthcare and arts sectors. Established in 1989, the foundation has been the vehicle through which the family has been rolling out its philanthropic work. The Dick &Betsy Foundation has for a long time now been funding Grand Rapids Christian Schools and Potter’s House.
Dick DeVos has been a great entrepreneur in the history of the United States. He has held executive positions in various companies. He is the current president of the Windquest Group. This is a company that he personally cofounded.
There has been a fundamental assault on the voting rights of American citizens for the better part of the past decade and most American voters aren’t even aware it is happening. We are, of course, talking about the Supreme Court decision regarding Citizens United.
Led by lawyer James Bopp, Citizens United is a right wing committee that was created in order to help push for more dark money and special interests in the realm of politics. Citizens United argued before the Supreme Court in 2010 that corporations were people and that their monetary donations were simply an expression of free speech. Does an oil company giving $5 million to a politician’s PAC in order to sway their vote on energy sound fair to you? It doesn’t and it isn’t. End Citizens United is a grassroots campaign to fight back against the Citizens United decision and their work is taking on renewed importance in 2017.
End Citizens United knows that in order to make change at the highest levels of government they need to put legislators in office that are willing to champion and campaign for campaign finance reform. That is why End Citizens United has gotten into the habit of backing progressive politicians whoa re willing to go to battle against the Citizens United decision. This past week we saw End Citizens United back up Doug Jones, a former United States Attorney who is running against Roy Moore in the Alabama Special Election this December 12th. End Citizens United proudly announced their decision to back up Jones in his campaign.
Doug Jones has been a progressive figure for years and he was a big part of bringing members of the KKK responsible for a Baptist Church bombing to justice. Jones stands for campaign finance reform and turning the tide of racism and bigotry flooding into America. Jones was vocal about his condemnation for Roy Moore who seems to be an extension of Donald Trump’s own firebrand rhetoric. Jones also condemned Moore for his close ties to special interests and dark money flooding into the world of politics, something he vows to fight against.
Reaching the top in the world of fashion isn’t an easy feat. It takes hard work and some serious know how. That’s exactly what Kate Hudson has done with her Fabletics line of clothing online. It’s become a 250 million dollar business in just three years. It’s for Activewear and isn’t just popular because she is selling it. Here’s the story.
It’s all based on a subscription concept. This is becoming widely popular these days. The concept means that the subscriber can access more than if he or she simply bought an item or outfit. It’s more than that though. It’s an industry based on service. People get a service from their subscription as well. That’s one of the largest ways to profit in this category. Hudson does this because the model really works.
Consider companies like Apple. What the competition has never understood, unless they evaluate it, is that Apple customers are seen as family. They are loyal to the core because they love the company. They love the idea of something which they are a part of. That sells like hotcakes. That’s why Hudson is offering that same concept with her company. So far, it’s paying off.
Her growth has been incredible. She began online, then got so big that she was able to open stores in six cities around the country. That’s 16 stores all together. They’re plans for expansion include putting stores in California, Florida, Hawaii and in Illinois. They have even more plans to sell in every city in the country. It’s no doubt that it will work in no time. People are taking to the brand like they did with Apple. Expansion is happening faster than ever expected. It’s not just about the product or even the fact that they are ordering a subscription to the service. No, it goes deeper than that.
They upgraded their customer service back in 2014 when some people wanted to have more access to their favorite items. That sent the company from then in 2016 up in sales by 46%. Their Better Business Bureau rating is through the roof. They are rated A+ by their loyal customers so far. That’s what good customer service looks like. That’s her goal.
Many people have asked what the secret is for the success of the business. While it is undoubtedly influenced by the loyalty and service factor, it is also, according to Gregg Throgmartin, the general manager, a personalized service that people crave today. Some people just don’t have the time to do things like pick out clothes. We do that service for them and offer a subscription based system that ends up saving them money on big brand clothing. They expect to reach $250 million in their sales this year alone and increased their sales line by 644% this year so far. Who knows how far Hudson will reach with new stores opening in the near future. One thing is crystal clear though. Fabletics is here to stay.