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Tony Petrello Helps Employees Meet Needs For Houston Communities Affected By Hurricane Harvey January 3, 2018

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey caused $198 billion in damage throughout the entire Gulf region. It is the costliest hurricane in recorded U.S. History. In Houston, Texas there were an estimated 37,000 displaced families with many of them having to move to temporary shelters without any personal care items or essential needs. The flooding through the neighborhoods only increased the inability to help those in need. There was a great resource needed throughout the community.

The employees of Nabors Industries felt compelled to reach out to the community with time, energy and compassion to bring some type of burden relief. In order for them to accomplish their relief efforts, they needed to take time off work.

When Tony Petrello, CEO of Nabors Industries, found out about the employees desire to help the community, he rushed to put an action-plan together in order to assist them. The first action Tony did was to assure the employees who gave their time to the relief efforts that they would not lose pay while helping. Tony approved for Nabors Industries employees to be paid while contributing their time to the relief efforts. This unprecedented action was additionally helpful since about 10 percent of the employees were affected by the devastation.

Tony is not a stranger to community projects and serving those who are in need. His philanthropy efforts can be seen all throughout Houston, Texas. Tony is passionate towards others within his philanthropic work and very involved in community. Along with his wife Cynthia, Tony founded the Petrello Family Foundation in 2001. The foundation has distributed more than $3 million for educational scholarship programs to the youth in Houston, Texas some of whom have parents that work at Nabors Industries and have been awarded scholarships themselves.

Additionally, Tony and his wife Cynthia were the primary donors for the Jan and Dan Duncan Research Institute when they contributed $7 million to the Texas Children’s Hospital. Neurological research is close to the hearts of Tony and Cynthia who are raising their daughter Carena with cerebral palsy after her premature birth. Tony was also appointed to the Board of Trustees with Texas Children’s Hospital.

It’s not every day that a CEO is able to connect with their employees on the level that most would like to, but Tony took the opportunity to do so and also added his equal amount of passion to help others.

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Categories: Philanthropist

A Story of Personal Philanthropy: How Betsy DeVos Gives Back October 23, 2017

I recently read a very interesting article highlighting just some of the giving of our Secretary of Education, Mrs. Betsy DeVos. While I pat myself handsomely on the back for making my annual Christmas donations of a few hundred dollars, it is incredibly moving to see how as Betsy DeVos’s fortune has grown she only continues to increase her level of giving. It is also a wonderful thing to see the wide variety of sectors that the DeVos Family Foundation is contributing to and how much those funds are making a real difference. For many of these charities, the DeVos Family Foundation is their largest donor and those annual contributions are doing incredible things for these worthy groups. Below is a brief recap of the information I found for Betsy DeVos’s philanthropic giving.


Educational Philanthropy: How Our Education Secretary Goes the Extra Mile

Mrs. DeVos is clearly passionate about education including school choice. The Foundation gave $100,000 to the Alliance for School Choice which helps create additional options for families to select a school for their child outside of merely the one that they happen to live in. She is also very passionate about charter schools. In 2015 the DeVos Foundation donated $150,000 to Success Academy Charter Schools and also has made pledges for ongoing future donations. Another $50,000 was donated to Jeb Bush’s group the Foundation for Excellence in Education of which Mrs. DeVos has previously served on the board for.



In addition to the vast array of work the Foundation does with grade schools, they also contribute heavily to multiple colleges. Betsy DeVos is especially passionate about Arts Management and many of their donations centralize around it. For example, they donated $500,000 to the Arts management institute at the University of Maryland which actually has an Arts Management building named after the DeVos’s. They also donate to multiple other universities including Davenport University, Rollins College, Calvin College, Wake Forest and Grand Rapids Community College.


Additionally Betsy DeVos is an avid supporter of many non-profits outside of the education sector. She served on the board and is a major contributor to the Center for the Performing Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center as well as Boy Scouts of America.


Betsy DeVos is a prime example of how with success can bring the ability to give back handsomley to the philanthropic causes you are passionate about. I always love hearing stories of how people who have earned success are making a difference by empowering others to overcome obstacles and earn their own success. The DeVos Family Foundation keeps on giving and gives me hope for our country’s education system under her leadership as U.S. Secretary of State.


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Adam Milstein Continues to Fight for Israel and the Jewish People September 15, 2017

Adam Milstein is a well known philanthropist. After serving in the Israeli Defense Forces and earning a Bachelor’s degree from the Technion, Adam Milstein moved to the United States in 1981. He studied at USC for around two years, where he got his MBA. He started working at Hager Pacific Properties as a sales agent. He worked his way up until he became a managing partner. Hager Pacific Properties owns over two billion dollars worth of real estate portfolio around the country.He started the Adam and Gila Milstein Foundation with his wife, Gila.

He did it because he noticed that Israeli citizens living in the United States needed help. He also wanted to help Jewish Americans connect with their heritage and roots. It has issued over seventy five grants to various organizations. It helps support Students Supporting Israel. It helps organize students to support Israel on college campuses. It helps organize protests against those who are holding BDS protests which harm Israel. He also helped found the Israeli-American Council. According to Forbes Magazine, it is one of the fastest growing Jewish organizations.

Adam Milstein was named as one of the top one hundred people who help influence Jewish life in America. Andrea Levin, who works for CAMERA, which Adam Milstein also supports, says that Adam Milstein is an astute philanthropist and an important leader for the Jewish people.Adam Milstein is also a writer and a speaker. He writes for various publications. He is also an activist. As opposed to just writing checks or sitting as a figurehead on some organization, Adam goes out there and actively involves himself in the organizations and goals he supports. He was named as one of the Top 200 Do-Gooders in the World. Adam is a strong supporter of the fight against anti semitism and bigotry around the world.

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