Investing in our Future

The investment industry is not as complicated as Hollywood would like to make it out to be. All that is required in investing in something is just a little bit of knowledge. Our future, our children, our graduates, our next leaders and our citizens need to be invested in.For years our educational system has crumbled. Schools across the nation have deteriorated at a very scary rate. Teachers have been failing our students and failed students lead to a failed nations.Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, has been for years, prior to given her current role, fighting on behalf of children across the nation. she has been fighting for better schools, better teachers, and overall better education. Education has become somewhat of a commodity in our society. Something that only the rich and the perceived best among us can have. However, Betsy DeVos and her foundation have been very vocal about giving only the highest level of education n to all children across the nation.

Currently, Betsy Devos is the Secretary of Education and has been doing many great things for students and teachers. However, one of the hallmark achievements that she has been trying to implement is the means to deal with the student loan debt that has plagued our national debt.The student loan debt is somewhat of an economic crisis. And this can be said without a flair for dramatics, as the student loan debt has reached over 1 trillion dollars. this is a mind staggering amount. The loans that are given to many of our students are imprisoning any students into 30 years long loans which will in effect keep these graduates in a job or career that they simply hate.The student loan is without a doubt one of the worse possible situation for our educational system.

Not only does it keep people from entering higher education but it somewhat punishes those who seek to gain higher education.Betsy DeVos’s stance on fixing our broken educational system is such a ray of hope. Her vocality over this issue has truly sparked many students and people in Congress about fixing this problem – and this is a huge problem.As stated earlier the student loan debt is 1.3 trillion dollars. this amount I more than many nations GDP. In fact, it is more than many countries put together. it is no secret that our national debt is rising every day.If we can cut the student loan debt by some fraction that will greatly aid in reducing the national debt. One can only hope that her voice and her mission can start gaining more steam. Our nation truly needs to get a whole of its debt and if we can scrape off just a bit of it then we are moving in the right direction.

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Bruce Levenson’s Contributions To Journalism And The Holocaust Memorial Museum

Most people who follow the NBA know Bruce Levenson as the owner of the Atlanta Hawks for 12 years and the man who made quite a profit when he sold them to Tony Ressler’s group. At the moment Levenson and several other owners are involved in a legal battle with AIG Insurance over a contract buyout of former General Manager Danny Ferry that was supposed to allow Ferry to file a claim for compensation. But AIG has refused to issue payments to any parties involved so the case has gone to court. But Levenson has a long career in many other fields besides the NBA.

Bruce Levenson is the cofounder and Chairman of United Communications Group (UCG), an organization that’s evolved from a print publications company to a full service enterprise solutions company. Levenson started this company back in 1977 not long after graduating from Washington University and attending law school at American University. He and his friend Ed Peskowitz started it with “Oil Express,” a newsletter that published information about the oil industry, and soon they were publishing information on healthcare, mortgage banking, education and technology. UCG later started TechTarget, a research company that aided businesses in purchasing software solutions. They also own GasBuddy, an app listing cheap gas prices in a given geographical area.

Levenson is involved in many philanthropic organizations (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/undergrads-and-graduate-students-mastering-philanthropy-300038081.html) across Washington D.C. targeted at young minorities and the Jewish American community. He helped found the “I Have a Dream” Foundation, a scholarship fundraising organization whose goal is to help young people attend college. He’s on the boards of BBYO, SEED Foundation, Birthright Israel and Seeds of Peace. He’s given to the Holocaust Memorial Museum and helped start tour guide programs there, and he and his wife are founders and trustees of the University of Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership.

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Spark’s Tank: Empowering Social Service Entrepreneurs Everywhere

Marc Sparks is a very successful venture capitalist which means he funds startup businesses or business that are ready to branch out. However, his success has never been easy.

Without ever attending a formal college, Sparks had to work very hard for his place in the business world. He has faced and overcome many challenges.

He even wrote a book on his self-made success story titled “They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path to Outrageous Success” where he talks about how he went from being a “C” student to a successful businessman.

One look at Spark’s entrepreneurial endeavors and one can see very clearly that Marc is a huge philanthropist – who loves to help other philanthropists! He is involved with many philanthropic organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, The American Can! Academy, and his own Sparky’s Kids Foundation that helps underprivileged youth.

In addition to that, Sparks is well-known for his work with the Samaritan Inn, a homeless shelter in Texas, that now feeds 200 people every day. “Faith, passion, savvy of monetization, and an outrageous sense of urgency,” is what Sparks says is the key to his success. His strong, philanthropic spirit is what lead to his latest endeavor – Spark Tank.

Together with Lynne Sipiora, Marc Spark founded Spark Tank. Spark Tank is a program that funds grants for social service entrepreneurs. Its aim is to help those entrepreneurs whose ideas others think cannot be done, and then have those organizations impact the community around them. Learn more about Marc Sparks: http://www.amazon.com/They-Cant-Eat-Marc-Sparks/dp/0990495000

First, applicants send in an application, and then three applicants will be chosen to present their ideas in person. The winner gets a $5,000 grant for their idea or organization. Afterwards, Spark Tank posts progress reports to keep the winners accountable.

The first round’s winner was Dogs Matters which provides foster care services for pets of addicts in recovery. Currently, round two applications are due July 15, 2016, and round three applications are due October 15, 2016.

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