Elizabeth (Betsy) DeVos is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the current U.S. Secretary of Education. She is married to Mr. Dick DeVos, the former president and CEO of Amway Corporation. Betsy is a member of the Republican Party. Betsy is a gratified graduate of Calvin College in Michigan where she did Bachelor of Arts.
Betsy funds the education sector
Betsy is vocal when it comes to education matters. According to LATimes.com,
She advocates for school voucher programs, school choice, and charter schools. Betsy and her husband give back to the community through their charity organization known as Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. In 2015, this couple donated $11.6 million to different charity organizations. The same year, she allocated $3 million to educational causes. She also gave $ 357,000 to activists and groups that support educational reforms in the United States.
Betsy and Dick’s priority is to provide quality education to children to make sure that they accomplish their personal and career goals. In 2013, this couple donated $25,000 to Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning, $100,000 to the Ferris State University in Big Rapids, and $301,000 to the Potter’s House in Wyoming. Other beneficiaries include $315,000 to the West Michigan Aviation Academy and $50,000 to the Rehoboth Christian School. Betsy and Dick also donated a plane to the West Michigan Aviation Academy.
Betsy’s other philanthropic causes
Betsy also supports causes associated with arts and culture through the Kennedy Centre. In 2015, 21 percent of their donation was set aside to fund arts and culture programs. Before their 2015 donation, Betsy and her husband had spent $22 million to establish the DeVos Institute of Arts and Management. This institute was launched in collaboration with the University of Maryland. They also support civic & community projects, health & human services, and leadership & development programs. Betsy also supports the Prince Foundation and the Action Institute. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.
Betsy’s political contributions
Betsy DeVos is a committed politician, and she has participated in the politics of Michigan Republican Party since 1982. Betsy has served as a local precinct delegate for close to three decades. In the 90’s she served as a Republican National Committeewoman for five consecutive years. In 2003, she served as the party’s chairperson. Betsy has also supported various candidates in achieving their political ambitions. Her family has given out $17 million worth of endowments to politicians since 1989. In 2004, she raised $150,000 to fund President George W. Bush re-election campaign. During President’s Bush tenure, she served as the finance controller of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. In November 2016, Betsy was nominated as the head of education docket in the U.S. In February 2017, she took her oath of office and made her first official appearance as the secretary of education that month.