Mrs. Betsy DeVos was appointed the 11th U.S. Education Secretary on February 7, 2017, after being confirmed by the Senate. Before this appointment, she had served in various capacities in party and charitable organizations, PACs and also as a business executive. Betsy is the wife of a politician and philanthropist Dick DeVos, with whom they have worked together to support various charitable initiatives in Grand Rapids and across Michigan. They have channeled millions of dollars to charities, with the aim of helping the under-served individuals in the society. Large portion of their donations is used to fund education and other related projects.
Prior to her appointment, Mrs. DeVos was a strong supporter of educational choice and charter school programs. She partnered with other activists to champion for implementation of these programs in over 20 states. The program is also functional in the District of Columbia. Over the years, more and more parents have been enrolling their kids to these programs, allowing them to access better education. Mrs. DeVos’ interest began several years ago when she met parents who struggled to pay education fees for their children at Potter’s House in Grand Rapids. This school was recognized for serving kids from poor family backgrounds in this town. Betsy & Dick decided to sponsor some students, which they did very successfully.However, the number of parents who needed scholarships for their children was alarming making the couple to alternative ways to advance their cause. Later, she was involved in formation of organizations and PACs all fighting for educational reforms in Michigan. Their movement was seeking support from various state governments to pass laws that would allow tax credits to support school choice program. Betsy was personally involved in the formation of the organization responsible for charter schools expansion in the state of Michigan. Through her leadership and efforts, their mission was very successful, and they decided to roll-over the program in other states.
Personal Biography of Betsy DeVos
For more than three decades, Mrs. DeVos has played critical role of fighting for change of education policy in different states as well as on the national level. She was advocating for children and also acting as a voice for parents. When Betsy was growing up, she witnessed leaders supporting several projects focusing on the education sector in her home town. The leaders’ objective was to improve the standard of learning for children in that area. It was a major inspirational that made her decide to focus on education after realizing the inequalities that existed in the U.S. education system. Mrs. DeVos attained her Bachelors of Arts degree from Calvin College. Her philanthropic work has helped many kids in Michigan and across the United States.
Betsy BeVos is the Education Secretary of President Trump’s cabinet. She is known as a very successful businesswoman of the DeVos Family. The less known part of her personality is her philanthropic activities. In 1992, she began her political career by joining the Republican Party. Betsy DeVos held various positions in the Republican Party from time to time. Throughout her life, Betsy has been a strong advocate of educational reforms in the United States. Her philanthropy revolves around reforms in education. Betsy is married to Dick DeVos who is the founder and President of the Windquest Group. The couple decided to establish their family foundation for philanthropy in 1989. It is how Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation was founded. The foundation provides funds to various institutions to support causes for education, leadership, justice, arts, and community. In 2015, Betsy DeVos gave away twelve million dollars for different causes. The amount was five times she used for her campaigns from 2010 to 2015. The couple is on the twenty-fourth spot on Forbes list of “America’s Top Givers.”
Betsy gave away four-hundred-thousand dollars to Loudspeaker Media Incorporation which is run by Campbell Brown—a former anchor at CNN Channel. Brown will utilize the funds for his educational website. He also runs the Partnership for Educational Justice which is a nonprofit company. Betsy DeVos provided an additional amount of four-hundred-thousand dollars for the company. The Success Academy Charter Schools and GREAAT Schools, Inc. received one-hundred-and-fifty-thousand dollars and five thousand dollars respectively. The Potter’s House is a famous Michigan-based Christian School that Betsy visited on the invitation. She promised to provide funds to school during her visit. The school received two-hundred thousand dollars as Betsy promised. Alliance for School Choice is a nonprofit organization works closely with the American Federation for Children. Betsy provided a funding of one-hundred-thousand dollars for the alliance. A foundation which works for the reforms in the education system was given fifty thousand dollars by Betsy DeVos. Follow Betsy on twitter.com
A think tank in Washington D.C is the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy. Betsy DeVos is a member of the Governing body of the Institute for which she donated seven-hundred-and-fifty-thousand dollars. She also donated ten thousand dollars to a libertarian and nonprofit law firm known as Institute for Justice. For Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Inc., Betsy provided six-thousand-and-five-hundred dollars. The University of Maryland has an institute named College Park Foundation which was given five-hundred-thousand dollars. The university named the foundation after the name of Betsy and Dick. The School of Missionary Aviation Technology provides training for flight and aircraft maintenance to men and women. Betsy gave one-hundred-thousand dollars to the school. Several other institutions including the Ferris State University were provided thousands of dollars by Betsy. Read more news on The New York Times.