Philanthropy Works of Betsy DeVos

Her work in educational reforms and school choice is recognizable. Betsy DeVos is a philanthropist, Charter school supporter, and a school choice activist. Many of the students across 17 states in America have benefited from Dick and DeVos Family Foundation, which she founded together with her husband. Betsy has channeled monetary donations to the Education Freedom Fund, enabling it to offer scholarships for needy students to attend private learning institutions. Her family philanthropy dates back decades. Betsy DeVos, together with her husband, they have channeled millions of dollars to philanthropy, most of it going to education.


Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation


Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation in 2015 alone rolled out $10 million to different charitable organizations with a further pledge of additional $3.2 million in grants in future. Betsy DeVos and her Husband, Dick DeVos gave out $150,000 in 2015 to Success Academy Charter Schools. Through this foundation, Betsy DeVos was able to donate $5,000 to GREAAT schools Inc. which is a non-profit charter school management company. This foundation also funds two Christian schools run by the Potters House. Betsy credits her visit to a Christian school in Grand Rapids as the one that sparked her interest in philanthropy. The school received $200000 from Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.


Philanthropy beyond Education


Betsy’s philanthropy goes beyond education and offers donations to healthcare and arts. Through her foundation, Betsy supports an annual art competition, ArtPrize, which takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also supports her mother-in-law’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital pediatric oncology. Betsy DeVos is a board member of the American Institute for Public Policy. Her Family foundation gave this institute $750000 which has its base in Washington. Institute for Justice, which is a non-profit libertarian law firm also received $10000. Betsy believes that her efforts are holistic and are meant to improve American education.


About Betsy DeVos


Betsy was born Elizabeth Prince on 8th January 1958 in Holland, Michigan. She is an American businesswoman, politician, and philanthropist. Betsy DeVos is the 11th United State Secretary of Education under President Trump’s administration. She is a Republican and is famous for supporting school choice, charter schools, and school voucher Programs. Betsy attended Hollan Christian High School. Mrs. DeVos graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Calvin College in Michigan.


She is married to Dick DeVos, an American entrepreneur, and businessman who hails from Michigan. Together they have four children. Betsy is the co-chair of Windquest Group, a company that has investments in manufacturing, technology, and clean energy. They founded it together with her husband back in 1989. Betsy’s nomination to serve as the US State Secretary of Education faced criticism from teachers unions but was praised by the school choice supporters.


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