The Story of the Philanthropic Secretary of Education-Betsy Devos

The philanthropic work of Betsy DeVos is articulated through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation founded in 1989. The foundation’s giving is anchored on faith and centered in leveraging support, accelerating transformation and cultivating leadership in five areas namely community, arts, education leadership, and justice. In the year 2015, this Foundation made charitable contributions totaling to $11.6 million so that the lifetime charitable contribution of this couple reached $139. DeVos family was ranked 24th among the America’s top givers.

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In 2015, the DeVos Family Foundation gave $150,000 to Success Academy Charter Schools and had another $150,000 approved to be paid in the future. The foundation also gave to GREAAT Schools, Inc., $5,000. GREAAT Schools, Inc. is a not-for-profit company that manages charter schools. This foundation also displayed their philanthropic work by donating $200,000 in the same year to Potter’s House, a Christian school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. All these were revealed in her interview with the Philanthropy Roundtable.

Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation have been donating large sums of money health research, hospitals, evangelical missions, Christian schools, and art organizations among others. In the period between 1999 and 2014, the couple donated $100 million, half of which went to the Christian organizations. Some of the organizations that have benefited from the foundation so far include Center for Individual Rights, Michigan’s Foundation for Traditional Values, Center for Individual Rights, Michigan’s Pregnancy Resource Center and Baptists for Life.

About Betsy DeVos

I can categorically state that Betsy DeVos is the current secretary of education of the United States. Her confirmation was done on February 7, 2017, by the Senate following her nomination by President Donald J. Trump. She has been involved in various issues regarding education policy for nearly 30 years mostly as children’s advocate and parent’s voice. I also noted that she is deeply concerned with reforms aimed at helping the underserved children to access quality education.

She undertook an in-school mentor role for at-risk students for close to 15 years in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. I understand that it is her interactions with students, teachers, and families during this time that changed her life and her perspective regarding education forever.  Betsy DeVos has since played a leading role in supporting the development of new choices for students in over 25 states and the District of Columbia. Visit Betsy’s profile on twitter.com.

It has also become known to me that before being confirmed as the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos was the chairperson of The Windquest Group, an investment management firm. She has also served on various boards both nationally and locally and also in civic organizations like Kids Hope USA, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kendall College of Art and Design and Mars Hill Bible Church. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.