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Niranjan Shah: A Model Entrepreneur from Chicago Who Engages in Philanthropic Activities

Perseverance and determination are two of the most important things required for someone to become successful. Niranjan Shah, a Chicago-based entrepreneur, is a great example of a persevered and determined individual who worked hard to achieve the success that he has been dreaming of.

He used to live in India when he was younger. He was born in a remote place that is poverty-stricken. Running water is hard to find in his village, and electricity is non-existent. These challenges that he faced as a kid did not stop him from dreaming big. One day, an opportunity for him to live in the United States came, and his decision to accept this offer changed his life forever. When he was in college, he chose to study at the University of Mississippi. As someone who loved science and mathematics, he decided to take an engineering degree. Going to the university was not a challenge for him, and he was able to graduate on time.

Niranjan Shah started to turn his dreams into reality as he established the Globetrotters Engineering Corp. This company, based in Chicago, Illinois, is an engineering, construction, and architecture firm that provides various services. He is also providing his clients with advisory services, especially when it is all about a project that they are trying to conceive. One of the reasons why he became wealthy is because of the number of projects that his firm received. Aside from the private sector, his firm was also chosen by the United States government as a primary contractor for several projects. He was involved in the creation of a south extension for the I-355 highway in Chicago, as well as the construction of a passenger terminal for the O’Hare International Airport.

What his clients liked about him is his transparency. Whenever he works on a project, Niranjan Shah would give his clients an estimate of the cost of the project. Later on, he would write down all of the expenses, including the cost of the materials and the amount paid to the laborers. The honesty that he showcased resulted in his clients referring more people to his firm. The increase in the number of his clients also positively affected the Globetrotters Engineering Corp.. The company became one of the fastest-growing firms in Chicago, and it received a lot of awards from different award-giving bodies because of the great services that the company provides.

Aside from his stint as an executive for his engineering company, Niranjan Shah is also known for his financial contributions to the Democratic Party. Since the early 1990s, he has been supporting the candidates from the Democratic Party, donating huge sums of money for their presidential bid. He used to work with former President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and recently, in the 2016 United States presidential elections, he donating a huge sum of money for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. He is also helping different charities and foundations in Chicago, donating huge sums of money to be used for improving the lives of many.

Read more about Niranjan Shah here https://www.slideshare.net/niranjanshah/globetrotters-a-chicago-company

Philanthropy Magazine’s Personal Interview With Betsy DeVos

For decades now, Betsy DeVos has had a front leading role in educational reform. Born in Michigan, she comes from a prominent and wealthy family. After graduating from Calvin College, Betsy threw herself into the educational reform movement. While studying in college, she led multiple political campaigns, action committees and party organizations. While attending school, she also met her husband, Dick DeVos.

 

Philanthropy magazine got the opportunity to speak with Betsy about her love of education and school choice programs. One question they asked her was what she considered to be her biggest successes in life. Mrs. DeVos promptly replied that Florida was one of her best successes because of its scholarship program that is paid for through tax credits.

 

Florida can also boast the longest time period of successful educational choice programs. Indiana and Louisiana are also top choices and Betsy is proud of them because they have seen major advances in educational choice programs as well.

 

Aside from increasing educational choice programs, Betsy DeVos also stated that she wants to reform other educational strategies. A priority of hers is trying to change people’s mindset which assigns students to schools based on where they live. Mrs. DeVos feels it is important to allow students and their families to be able to choose where they get their education and not be limited to schools in their area.

 

Generous Philanthropy Efforts

 

Recently, Dick and Betsy DeVos came clean on how much they have given away to charities and political campaigns. Most who follow the couple know they have always been extra generous with their political donations. However, the amount they have given to the Republican party pales in comparison to the amount recently released the family has given to other charities. In total, more than $139 has been donated to various organizations.

 

Dick and Betsy come from high-profile families that have been major GOP donors. The family is led by Dick’s father, the co-founder of Amway. In 2015, the family gave more than $12 million in contributions to charities alone.

 

Betsy Meets With Professional Rapper

 

April of 2017 was an interesting month for Betsy DeVos. She was visiting charter schools in Florida and happened to get set up in a meeting with Pitbull. Also known as Armando Christian Perez, Pitbull is a popular rapper known for misogynistic and profanity-filled songs. He has opened many charter schools in the Miami, Florida area.

 

His schools are part of the SLAM group that was opened by the Mater Academy. It is also a nonprofit organization managed by the academy along with other local charter schools involved in the network. The trips Mrs. DeVos makes to charter schools around the country are part of her duties as the Secretary of Education under the Trump administration.

 

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