Betsy DeVos is a successful businesswoman who now serves as the 11th Secretary of Education in the United States of America. She serves as a member of Republican Party and overly known for her support of school voucher programs, charter schools, and school choice. Between 1992 and 1997, Betsy served as a committeewoman for Republican National. Further, she served as a chairperson between 1996 and 2000 for Michigan Republic Party. Betsy has served as an advocate for Detroit charter school system and is now a board member of Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Betsy is legally married to Dick DeVos, the former chief executive officer at Amway MLM Company. In 2016, DeVos family was ranked among the richest families in the United States of America in the 88th place with a net worth of $5.4 billion. DeVos was born in 1958 and brought up in Holland, Michigan. She attended Holland Christian High School and later attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids where she majored in business economics and graduated in 1979. During her time in college, DeVos was fully involved in campus politics.
For the record, DeVos personally raised an excess of $150,000 in 2004 Bush re-election campaign. In 2008, she hosted a Republican fundraiser at her home. She served as the chairperson in finance during Bush’s time and collaborated with his administration on several other projects. For decades, DeVos family has actively participated in politics by supporting the candidates through donations.
Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is one of the successful philanthropy platforms that was first launched in 1989. This foundation is exceptionally committed to cultivating and leveraging support in various areas that include arts, justice, community, leadership, and education. This organization collected $139 million through charity in 2015 and concurrently ranked in the 24th place as a top giver in America. DeVos foundation has channeled much of its resources to health research, hospitals, evangelical missions, free-market think tanks, conservatives, and arts organizations.
In 2004, DeVos was officially appointed by Bush to serve as a board of director at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Together with her husband, they funded the center to teach the board of directors and arts managers how to fundraise. The couple also donated $22.5 million in 2010 to further the teaching program which was then called DeVos Institute of Arts Management.
Betsy equally funded ArtPrize which was first established in 2009 by her son Rick DeVos in Grand Rapids, Michigan. According to Betsy, changing the approach to education is one way of “advancing God’s Kingdom.” For this reason, she insists that both charter and public schools should come up with financial aid programs to open up to more students. She advocates for a wider choice of schools by opening up the education market.
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