Scottsdale Entrepreneur Jason Hope Donates To Medical Research

Scottsdale entrepreneur Jason Hope has recently made a $500,000 contribution to the SENS Foundation to be used for research into atherosclerosis and its underlying disease processes.

Jason Hope, a local celebrity known for his many successful tech startups, has stated that he made the contribution in an effort to better understand the processes not just that lead to heart disease and stroke but that may underlie the majority of all degenerative illnesses associated with advancing age.

The SENS Foundation said that the donation will allow them to significantly expand their atherosclerosis research budget. They thanked Mr. Hope, reiterating how important atherosclerosis research is. In the United States, atherosclerotic disease is the number one cause of death.

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Atherosclerosis leads directly to such potentially fatal conditions as heart attack and stroke. But it also plays a major role in many other diseases. These include peripheral artery disease, heart failure and hypertension. Furthermore, the underlying inflammatory process that leads to atherosclerosis has been implicated in almost every major disease process related to aging. Scientists are beginning to see the aging process itself, which leads to such things as wrinkled, inelastic skin, glaucoma and arthritic joints, as secondary to long-standing inflammation with similar or the same origin as atherosclerosis.

Mr. Hope understood that, if atherosclerosis can be cured or slowed, then it may be possible to extend people’s life expectancies beyond anything that has been imagined. Living free of inflammation past the age of 30 or 40 could result in people routinely living close to the ages of the oldest recorded people. And with reductions in the processes that lead to neurodegeneration in the brain, people may live to 100 and beyond with the mental acuity of middle age. Such a real-world Fountain of Youth has always captured Mr. Jason Hope’s imagination. Now he has a chance to put his dreams into action.

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Scottsdale Entrepreneur Jason Hope Donates To Medical Research

The DeVos Family Dedicated to Education Reform and School Selection

Betsy DeVos, husband of business mogul Dick DeVos, sat down with Philanthropy Magazine to share some of her experiences in the non-for profit area. The DeVos Family actually started their own non-for profit by the name of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Betsy DeVos holds the position of Chairman for the organization that is dedicated to promoting positive social impact and growth. Most specifically, Betsy DeVos is passionate about education reform. As a mother herself, she has seen the impact that comes with the freedom to choose where her kids attend school. She believes that all parents should have that freedom and she has dedicated much of her philanthropy in that direction. She opened up a scholarship fund that raises money for low-income families that they might have an opportunity to send their kids to a desired school. She also works with her husband, who was once on the Michigan State Board of Education to push legislation to promote school vouchers and scholarship grants.


Dick DeVos has had a very successful career in both the political and business realms. In fact, he was named the 67th Richest Person in the United States by Forbes Magazine in 2012. Growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, DeVos attended the Forest Hills school. He continued onto Northwood University from which he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Dick DeVos was later a recipient for an honorary doctorate from his alma mater and also received distinguished alumni recognition. DeVos’ professional career began at Amway Distribution Company, in which his father was the founder and CEO. Following many years working in different fields such as manufacturing and sales within Amway, Dick DeVos was eventually promoted to Vice President. In this position, DeVos oversaw the companies involvement in 18 different countries world wide. DeVos proved his business prowess as the company saw for the first time in history it’s foreign revenue outgrow it’s domestic.


Other than his long time involvement at Amway, DeVos has also always been a long time participant in local politics. He was nominated to the Michigan State Board of Education where he invested much time trying to promote the type of education reform that he and his wife Betsy DeVos are proponents of, namely school choice. In addition, DeVos actually ran for Governor of Michigan in 2006 as the nomination for the Republican Party. After his retirement from Amway, Dick DeVos now spends a majority of his time active within local politics as well as philanthropic endeavors. He is also an avid sailor with several championship and race wins.

The DeVos Family Dedicated to Education Reform and School Selection

A Brief on Who George Soros is

George Soros is a shrewd businessman and is famously known for his Soros Fund Management. Besides, he also has an influence on American politics and is one of the most active philanthropists in the world.

Though an American citizen on, George Soros was born is Hungary and was given the names Gyorgy Swartz, but later changed his names to George Soros when he migrated to England. His career in finance began in London after joining the London School of Economics where he was a student of Karl Popper. Immediately after finishing his undergraduate studies, George Soros moved to New York in 1956 where he began his career in finance. His first employment in New York was as an arbitrage trader for a firm called F.M. Mayer on where he worked for three years. He then moved to Wertheim & Co where he worked as a financial analyst. He worked there till 1963. After leaving Wertheim & Co, he moved to Arnhold and S Bleichroeder where he held the position of vice-president for ten years.

George Soros on politico did not get satisfied working for other people, and that is why he quit employment to start his firm, Soros Fund Management, which has grown to become one of the world’s best and most profitable hedge fund companies. Apart from the Soros Fund Management, he also founded the Open Society Foundation whose objectives are to promote political causes, economics, and social reforms. Other initiatives that the foundation supports are in the area of the rule of law, education, and independent media.

George Soros is also known for his philanthropic gestures. He carried out his first philanthropy activity in 1979, but this was just a small one. It is only five years later that he launched a philanthropic organization. He named the organization Open Society Foundation, a name that he borrowed from a concept that was advanced by Karl Popper. The concept on Bloomberg is to help build democracies that are vibrant and tolerant and whose governments could be held responsible to the people they serve. The amount of money that he disseminated for philanthropic causes was not much until in 1987 when he opened his Moscow office when he spent about $3 million. By the year 1992, he had spent more than $300 million. By 1992, he had established several foundations mostly in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. And because of this, many political figures became interested in him. Today, George Soros Open Society Foundation is present in more than 70 countries.

George Soros is an ardent supporter of politics that is progressive and liberal. He has given several donations for various political causes, and one of the notable ones is the Democrats support in 2004 elections. He contributed 20 million US dollars to America Coming Together and $3 million to the Center for America Progress.

He has written several books on finance and political issues that include ‘Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism’ published in 2001 and ‘The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror’ published in 2006.


A Brief on Who George Soros is

The Entrepreneurial Mastermind Behind Windquest Group

Dick DeVos was born October 21st 1995. He is the eldest son to Richard DeVos, the co-founder of Amway. The Amway Corportation is a privately owned company, which works as a network sales firm. The private co-operation specializes in distributing the health, household together with personal care products through its dealers. The dealers then recruit second level dealers, the second dealers establish third level dealers until the final consumer is accessed. 

DeVos has worked in Amway Corporation holding different positions. He began working at Amway Corporation in the year 1974, ten years later he was promoted to the position of Vice President of the firm’s activities in 18 countries around the world. The job as the Vice President, would enable him gain more experience outside of the family owned company. Dick left Amway Corporation in 1989 and decided to start his own business venture, The Windquest Group. The business specialized in the production and sales of storage and closet organizers.

Dick went back to Amway Corporation as President where he was able to succeed his father in 1993. During his tenure as President at Amway Corporation, Dick oversaw a lot of projects meant to restructure the Amway Corporation. The restructure of Amway Corporation was done in the year 2000. During Dick’s time as President, Alticor Corporation was established; this acted as the umbrella firm. The firms that were covered by Alticor Corporation include the Amway Corporation, the Access Business Group and the Quixtar Corporation. The restructuring of Amway Corporation enabled it to expand its activities to over 50 countries and territories in six continents. 

DeVos quit his job as President in 2002, to concentrate on his business venture the Windquest Group. He also developed political interest at that time, and in 2006 he decided to run for the seat of governor of Michigan State as Republican candidate. The wealthy background of Dick DeVos was a huge boost to his campaign. 

He is married to Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ DeVos, they have established the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. The Foundation has participated in donating a lot of dollars meant to support different activities such as educational, community, religious, artistic and free-market economic organizations since its establishment in 1990. The foundation has also taken part in arts funding, the Dick and DeVos Foundation was reported to have contributed 22.5 million dollars to support the Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management. The institute was then renamed to DeVos Institute of Arts Management, arts managers together with board members are offered practical training at the institute. 

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The Entrepreneurial Mastermind Behind Windquest Group

A Real Estate Investor Looking for Donations for Nepal Earthquake Relief

Majeed Ekbal is well known in the Chicago area as a successful real estate investor. Something else that he is well known for is the fact that he provides grocery delivery service to individuals who are looking to save time. This delivery service is called Espresso Inc. Individuals are able to use the Internet to look for and purchase groceries. The service set up by Majeed delivers these groceries to their home. They are able to purchase groceries from large chain stores, and they can also purchase from specialty shops that are in the area. He also offers to allow individuals who do not live in the Chicago area to choose local items and then they can be sent via Federal Express to their home.

Majeed Ekbal just recently set up a Go Fund Me account for victims of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. He is especially interested in this cause since many of his friends live in Nepal and were seriously affected by the earthquake. Even though many months have passed since that time, there are still a lot of people who are homeless. Many are also dealing with serious health problems, and there is a lack of food in the country. Majeed hopes to raise at least $1 million to help victims of the earthquake. He has used some of his own funds to begin donating to the cause. He appreciates donations of any size. Ekbal can also be found through other social media platforms like Tumblr.

The earthquake in Nepal that took place in April 2015 killed more than 9,000 people. Thousands of other individuals were injured and left homeless. Many individuals are not able to work and have had their lives turned completely upside down because of the disaster that took place and the fact that they do not have what is needed to clean up after it. The money that is donated to this fund will be used in a combined effort with other donated money to try to fix some of these problems. It will put into a crowdrise campaign. All of the money is going to be used toward medical and disaster relief efforts. He appreciates all help that is given, thanking individuals for their help.

A Real Estate Investor Looking for Donations for Nepal Earthquake Relief