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George Soros and his impact with the Open Society Foundations07.21.17

There are very few billionaires in the world. In fact the majority of them will fit on a single list you could read in a sitting. George Soros is one of those billionaires and he is also one of the most giving philanthropists that the world has ever seen. Soros has worked for decades on creating a better world through his charity, the Open Society Foundations. The work he has done far and wide has made a direct impact on communities in more than 130 different countries, including the United States. Let’s break down how George Soros became the man he is today and how the Open Society Foundations made a direct impact on United States civil rights movement.

George Soros is a Hungarian born Jew who was a teenager when the Nazis rolled into town and occupied Hungary. From 1944 to 1945 over 500,000 Hungarian Jews would end up murdered in cold blood by the oppressive regime. During this time of mayhem, violence and despair George Soros and his family would stand up to actually fight back in their own way. Soros and his family helped to create fake documents in order to sneak Jews out of the country before eventually doing so themselves. Soros says of the time, “Instead of submitting to our fate, we resisted an evil force that was much stronger than we were.” This amazing story could stand alone, but it doesn’t end there.

Learn more: http://www.biography.com/people/george-soros-20926527

Eventually Soros would flee from Budapest to London where he would begin studying at the London School of Economics. Working two different jobs Soros would be able to graduate awhile honing his studies and the philosophy that would go on to inform his later decisions in both business and philanthropy. George Soros would leave London for America before landing in the USA in 1956. Soros would soon start the Soros Hedge Fund and make his fortune, leading to the creation of the Open Society Foundations. Read his profile at Business Insider.

The Ferguson Protests in Missouri were sparked over the shooting of an unarmed black suspect named Michael Brown by a white police officer, Darren Wilson. The protests were just the final straw on what had been an increasingly tragic problem: racial profiling and police brutality. These protests captured the attention of the nation and soon everyone was talking about racial equality throughout the United States in terms of how police treat minority suspects.

The reason that George Soros is attached to the protests in Ferguson is simple: the Open Society Foundations believes in funding grassroots activists. Throughout the year leading up to the infamous shooting, Soros and the open Society Foundations would donate nearly $33 million to activists in the area. Soros believes that activism is the key component to participation in government. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.

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Avi Weisfogel is a Dentist that Cares03.28.16

On January 4th of this year, Avi Weisfogel set up a GoFundMe campaign to benefit Operation Smile. He set an aggressive $2,000 fundraising goal, and is working to reach or exceed that goal to help kids get necessary medical care.

Operation Smile uses donations and volunteers to bring medical care to children in need. They specialize in cleft palate repair, for one of the most common birth defects in the United States. They also repair cleft lips and other facial and oral deformities. “Clefts” occur when the roof of the mouth (palate) or the lip don’t grow together completely in the womb. They can inhibit feeding, speech, and social development. In most cases, the earlier a child is able to get help, the easier the repair will be for them. Children who might otherwise have long wait times to receive care or who would not receive the surgery at all are helped by Operation Smile. Facial deformities may make it difficult for children to eat or breathe. They can be difficult for children to overcome as they grow and try to make friends. These are not just issues of “looking pretty”, but are serious medical conditions with known repairs. Operation Smile helps get care to those kids who need it most, in cities and remote locations all over the globe.

Avi Weisfogel is a general dentist treating sleep patients in Old Bridge, NJ. He is the co-creator of the Dental Sleep Masters program, which works to promote sleep health and sleep health aids through doctors and dentists. Dr. Weisfogel’s unique passion for oral care led him to support Operation Smile, and this funding campaign is a result of that passion and support.

You can find the campaign, and more information about Dr. Weisfogel here: https://www.gofundme.com/aviweisfogel, and more on Operation Smile at this link: http://www.operationsmile.org/.

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Keith Mann’s scholarship for Uncommon Schools in New York03.28.16

New York Philanthropist Keith Mann has once again shown his great interest in being an education advocate by introducing the Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement. This scholarship was formed with a partnership between Keith Mann and the Uncommon Schools which are based in Brooklyn.

The scholarship is meant to aid the young people realize their professional dream of being innovative business leaders. Keith Mann explained that this scholarship is meant to support the mission of Uncommon schools of helping low-income students achieve a four year college education and make use of their degree to realize the outmost professional achievement. Keith Mann’s business profile and success as the founder of Dynamics Search Partners in recognizing strong business leaders goes along the way to help young graduates achieve professionalism and be leaders in the business world.

Joe Frick a college counselor at Uncommon Charter High School expressed his gratitude to Keith and Keely for introducing this scholarship to the Brooklyn Uncommon Schools as it will ensure that at least a student achieves a college education. Uncommon Schools basically begins and manages high performing public schools to enable students from low income families attain college education.

This scholarship will benefit any graduating seniors from Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn. Application is open up to February 29th 2016. To apply for the Mann’s scholarship, the applicant writes a 1,000 word essay that clearly explains how getting a college education and degree will help them reach their professional goals. The winner will be announced at end of March 2016. The person who wins the scholarship will get $5,000 for their college education tuition.

Keith Mann’s professional life

Apart from the Mann’s scholarship, Keith Mann is a well known philanthropist and business leader. He is the co founder and the CEO of Dynamics Search Partners a highly reputable hedge fund service and alternative staffing firm. The firm is one of the greatest biggest staffers and works with firms across the world. Keith Mann has over 15 years of experience in the executive search industry. After realizing the potential of hedge fund industry and its lack of quality search service, Keith established the Alternative Investment Practice in 2002 and later went on to develop DSP in 2009.

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Keith Mann Announces Scholarship for Uncommon Schools’ Students03.03.16

After partnering with Uncommon Schools, a non-profit public school system that manages over 40 schools across the United States, Keith Mann has announced the Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement, award which will become available to one senior every year at one of Uncommon Schools’ high schools at Brooklyn, NY.

According to a college counselor from Uncommon Charter High School, the school’s staff and teachers are very happy of the opportunity brought by the scholarship. The scholarship will help a lot of dedicated and talented students achieve their professional and personal dreams , pupils which happened to come from low-income families. Uncommon Schools manages schools for low-income students, and they operate in six different regions of the United States. One of the main objective of Uncommon Schools is to prepare its students for college.

Mann, someone who has always advocated for education, hopes the scholarship will help the students from Uncommon Schools close the achievement gap and graduate from university. After all, the goal of Dynamics Search Partners, company which Mann founded, is to pair its clients with very talented individuals so their clients can achieve their full potential in the alternative investment industry. The winners of the scholarship will have to write a 10,000 word essay on how obtaining a college degree will help them achieve their career goals. One winner towards the end of March will be announced in one of Uncommon School’s Brooklyn-based high schools. The scholarship is worth $5,000

Mann has been in the executive search industry for almost two decades. He is an expert in alternative investments and hiring strategies. Currently, Dynamics Search Partners is one of the best companies in the hedge funds and private equity industries. Mann is the chief executive officer of Dynamics Search Partners, business which was established in 2009. The company has also done business in Europe and Asia, helping fulfill thousands of client mandates.

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