Category Archives: Philanthropist

Was George Soros a threat to Russia’s state security?

George Soros open Society Foundations and the Open Institute Assistance Foundation has been banned from Russia claiming it posed a threat to its constitution and the state security. Open society is a network of partners, foundations and projects existing in more than 100 countries. Soros drive to the idea of open society was to impact on the society where the government is accountable, where rights are respected, no one has the monopoly of truth. It is a foundations of a kind that is expected to make our society a better place.

George Soros reported by Fortune.com has been actively involved in philanthropy since 1979. He created the central European University to promote critical thinking, and introduced open society foundations in United States, Asia, and Africa. The role of the foundation involved representing thousands of individuals unlawfully being held for a year and without any legal representation. The society was involved in the history of Europe to bring back the people of Roma into the mainstream. Thousands of promising students have benefited from the foundations in terms of school fees including the refugees from conflict areas, young Roma and people from marginalized groups.

Open society has been in the forefront in bringing an international system with accountability and transparency in natural resource extraction industries. This was in consideration that profit oriented companies have been involved in secret payoffs leading to decades political unrest and heinous violence. George Soros has supported independent non-governmental organizations such as European Council of Foreign relations, Global Witness, the International Crisis Group and the institute of new economic thinking.

Soros is also an advocate for peace. In his article “A partnership with china to avoid world war” available at http://www.georgesoros.com/essays/a-partnership-with-china-to-avoid-world-war/ he says that the cooperation of the international community is in decline both financially and politically. The United Nations according to Soros has failed to address some of the critical issues facing the world since the end of the cold war. Soros believes that the G20 has lost its way due to its outdated governance. The only reason why the world avoided a depression in 2007/2008 is that some lessons were learnt from the experience of 1930s.

The financial crash of 2008 was indirectly linked to the euro crisis. This is because the euro at the time was an incomplete currency. According to Soros, a strategic partnership between the U.S. and China is a breakthrough to avoid another world war. In another article, found here http://www.georgesoros.com/essays/by-failing-to-help-refugees-europe-fails-itself/, Soros believes that Europe is failing itself by not helping the refugees migrating to Europe. It has forced individual countries to take matters into their own hands. Soros is particularly concerned that the mandatory 40,000 asylum seekers as taken by Greece and Italy to be processed in other EU countries was rejected.

Over the years George Soros has taken the responsibility to support with funding to various organization. Some of the organizations that have benefited from Open Society Institute (OSI) include Air America Radio, Advancement Project, Americas Voice, Alliance of Justice, America Votes and American civil liberty union among others. This is an indication that Soros is up to the good of the society and not to bring alarm or threat to a country’s security.

Urbana Shares His Passions With The Public

The business executive and well known lacrosse player Jon Urbana has been seeking to share his life with those who follow him on social media sites in a bid to show the various aspects of his life. Urbana has become active on Twitter: jonurbana1 and many different social media platforms that allow the world to see the different aspects of his personality, which includes both text and image based social media accounts, including Urbana at Facebook and Instagram.

 

Jon Urbana’s WordPress account is of particular importance to those who follow him for his photography, which has become a major factor in his life over recent years. The photography created by Urbana has been evolving to reflect the studio based photography that has influenced his work since it began. The social media accounts and blogs created by Jon Urbana show off the food photography he has been working on, which sees him become one of the most accomplished photographers around.

The need to become one the very best at each and every activity Jon Urbana takes part in has driven him to rise to the very top of areas he would not usually be seen as an expert in. The Ellipse Technologies executive has embarked upon a career as a pilot that has seen him honored by the Federal Aviation Authority as one of the best qualified pilots in the world. The skills he has developed as a pilot have been placed on show in a series of videos and Tumblr updates that are posted to the Internet.

Any discussion on the life and work of Jon Urbana would not be complete without mention of his lacrosse career, which began as a college student at Villanova. Despite his playing career coming to an end the work of Jon Urbana continues with his annual lacrosse camps designed to aid young people in becoming better players and all round citizens.

Urbana is also running a GoFundMe campaign called ‘Jon Urbana Supports Earth Force Inc’ and you can donate here.

 

How Bruce Levenson’s Becoming A Philanthropic Bastion

Philanthropy can be difficult, and establishing a regular center of philanthropic pursuit which perpetually produces aide for nonprofit communities is an exceptional task. Still, between the charitable donations of Bruce Levenson and Karen Levenson, this has been accomplished. The name of the organization is The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland. Currently this center is regarded as a leading center for philanthropic teaching in the United States. In fact, the nation’s capital regularly recruits students from this center into actual nonprofit agencies. There are a number of reasons that Bruce Levenson’s center has an impact which is more than just local, or even national, but is in fact international. One reason is that not only those who go through The Center with a concentrated idea of pursuing a life in philanthropy benefit, but every student at the University of Maryland benefits. According to Forbes, Bruce Levenson himself: “…we are using The Center in a multi-pronged effort to ensure that every student attending the University of Maryland graduates as an informed and motivated philanthropist.” That is a quote from a recent PR Newsweek article, in which it was also revealed that this year marks the first in which a dormitory has been added to The Center for a new “living and working” program. Bruce and Karen Levenson are quite satisfied with what they’ve done in making the center possible, and Karen has even added that, of their philanthropic pursuits, The Center is definitely the “Most Profound”. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/undergrads-and-graduate-students-mastering-philanthropy-300038081.html