Betsy DeVos’ Commitment to Improving the Education Sector

Betsy DeVos is recognized as one of the United States’ most influential women. She currently acts as the U.S secretary of education. Before taking the position, Betsy was known for being a successful businesswoman, education activist, and politician. She has worked with her husband, Dick DeVos, in several charity undertakings. The couple has to date given more than $139 million to support various important activities. Their charity work was acknowledged by Forbes, which named them as the 24th most generous American family in 2015. Betsy has been conducting campaigns to the transform the United States’ education sector for decades. She believes that the school system should be changed to ensure that all children across the country have an opportunity to access quality education. Mrs. DeVos is among Neurocore’s largest shareholders, and she is also a board member of the Windquest Group.


The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation manages the charity activities of the businesswoman’s family. They established the foundation in 1989 and have been supporting education, justice, art, leadership, and the community. Betsy and Dick gave more than $11.6 million in 2015 to promote charity activities. The couple donates most of its money to churches, art organizations, hospitals, health research institutes, and Christian schools. The DeVos Foundation gave approximately $100 million between 1999 and 2004, and 50 percent of the amount went Christian organizations. Its benefactors include the Action Institute, Center for Individual Rights, Institute for Justice, Michigan’s Pregnancy Resource Center, and Baptists for Life.


Mrs. Devos’ family has also committed itself to supporting the education sector. By 2014, they had offered about $59,750 to U.S public schools, $b.6 million to Christian-based schools, and $5.2 million to charter schools. The main institutions that received their donations include Grand Rapids Public Schools, Ada Christian School, Grand Rapids Christian High School Association, Success Academy Charter School, and Holland Christian Schools. Betsy has offered a lot of support to art organizations, and this made President George W. Bush to the offer her a sit at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ board in 2004. After leaving the board in 2010, the philanthropist donated $22.5 million that was used to establish the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. Rick DeVos, who is her son, founded ArtPrize in 2009.


The Republic Party also appreciates Betsy DeVos and her husband for the support that they have offered it. Betsy formerly acted as a delegate and chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party. She has also been on the frontline during most fundraisers that have been organized by the party. To date, the Republican Party has been offered about $17 million by the DeVos family. They have given financial support towards the campaign of top political figures such as President George Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Jeb Bush.


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