Betsy DeVos’ Philanthropy Work for the Betterment of the American Education System


Betsy DeVos has worked in different capacities at organizations such as the American Federation for Children, Alliance for School Choice, Art Prize, Foundation for Excellence in Education, DeVos Institute for Arts Management, Great Lakes Education Project, The Potter’s House School, and Philanthropy Roundtable. Her work in these organizations greatly shows her commitment to philanthropy. Together with her husband, the DeVos’ have contributed over $139 million in philanthropic work over the course of their lifetimes, majorly focused on the education sector. In 2015 alone, Betsy through her foundation, Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation which was founded in 1989, contributed $10 million to different organizations. Pledges worth $3.2 million were also made in the same year to be paid to various organizations in later years. Some of the organizations that have been supported by Betsy DeVos together with her family foundation include Loudspeaker Media Inc. Funding worth $400,000 was given to the organization to support the launch of an educational site, The 74, by former CNN anchor Campbell Brown.

 

Further Philanthropy Work

 

Colleges and universities such as the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Ferris State University, Davenport University, the School of Missionary Aviation Technology, Rollins College, Cornell University Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Calvin College have benefited from her donations. Wake Forest University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Grand Rapids Community College Foundation, and University of Michigan Food Allergy Center have also benefited from funding by Betsy DeVos and her foundation. Betsy has also been working with Potter’s House since when her children were young. A visit to the school together with her husband sparked her interest in education and school advocacy. She, therefore, established a scholarship fund in the school but later on got involved further and is a major contributor to the school to date. DeVos also donates to conservative organizations such as the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy, Institute for Justice, and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Inc. Given that she is a Christian, Betsy DeVos has contributed to many Christian-related education organizations such as Christian Schools International, the Ada Christian School Society, among others.

 

Background

 

Betsy DeVos is the current Secretary of Education in the Trump administration. She is married to Dick DeVos who is the son of Richard DeVos, co-founder of Amway (now Quixtar). Betsy has been operating Windquest Group, which she started with her husband in 1989. The company deals in the development of clean energy and water technologies in Michigan. She has four children and five grandchildren. Betsy DeVos pursued her high school diploma at Holland Christian High School before proceeding to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan for her Bachelor of Arts degree. While at college, she was actively involved in politics and has been part of the country’s politics since then. DeVos’ love for education has seen her concentrate majority of her philanthropy works to the education sector in the USA.

 

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