Jason Hope is an entrepreneur with an extensive investment portfolio of technology companies who is also very interested in participating in and writing extensively about the present and future of biotechnology trends.
His satisfying personal passions involve his extreme furthering of technology advances such as the Internet of Things and seeing the use of his $500,000 donation to the SENS Foundation that has furthered research into major medical advancements to provide anti-aging processes and work to reverse lung cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and respiratory illnesses through technology and hopefully prevent those diseases from developing.
Selling his house after being on the market for five years, Jason Hope says that freed up resources, and he is looking forward to doing more with his time and money. He wants to continue to help and inspire the next generation of futurists through his grant program for high school and college students that encourages forward thinkers.
In the beginning of his career, Jason created Jawa, a mobile communications company, which became his parent company that added partnerships in the technology industry. He feels strongly that the future of society relies on technology connecting and interconnecting things, people, and places. He says you always need to have an open mind and focus on where technology is heading.
When asked for one marketing strategy that works well to generate new business and make business connections, his answer was that social media is a proven method of readily-available marketing that stays in touch with potential customers and reports new business opportunities.
Jason also writes for numerous tech-related companies as a guest blogger and has a goal to get his future of technology theories and thoughts out to educate and encourage the general public and those in business.
Dick DeVos is a well-known business man from Grand Rapids, Michigan. His wife, Betsy just recently was appointed as Secretary of Education under President Donald Trump. They make substantial donations to the Republican Party as well as to many charities, centered around education. Dick and Betsy have contributed near $139 million over their lives. Betsy and Dick DeVos use their Family Foundation to distribute their charitable funds.
The two are part of a family dynasty that has supported the Republican Party for decades. Dick’s father Rich DeVos co-founded Amway. Forbes put together a lifetime giving figure for the DeVos family, using numbers the family gave them, and determined that the family has given $1.33 billion or one quarter of its estimated $5.2 billion fortune to charity.
In 2015, Dick and Betsy DeVos allotted over $3 million to educational programs. Their reason behind their education program support is that they see how uneven some lower income level children are to their middle to upper class counterparts. They try to help increase the lower tier to a higher level, so they have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
Organizations that benefited from the DeVos Foundation giving program in 2013, the last year information is available for, include Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Detroit Charter School Company, Northwood University in Midland, Potter’s House in Wyoming, Rehoboth Christian School, and the West Michigan Aviation Academy.
Dick DeVos says that the foundations donations meet all the criteria of charitable giving. The donations include the Lansing-based Great Lakes Education Foundation, the charter school started by the couple. They support Grand Rapids Christian Schools and an urban Christian school. In addition to their own donations, the DeVos’ s encourage their friends to follow suit.
Dick has spent his career working in various positions in his family’s businesses including Amway and the NBA’s Orlando Magic. He is currently President of Windquest Group. He was President of Amway from 1993 to 2002. He has also been the Vice President of Amway International during a time the company tripled its sales. He and his wife Betsy are active in philanthropy in their community and throughout the country.