Philanthropic Work Initiated by Betsy DeVos

Several months ago, Betsy DeVos began her new role as the secretary in charge of education for Donald Trump’s government. Having previously engaged in Republican politics, and the activist role she had played for a long time advocating for equal opportunities for all students to receive good education, she was in a better position to continue with her work while serving in the government. Betsy’ family, especially her father and brother are also recognized for their philanthropic activities, particularly through Family Research Council and BlackWater USA. She is married to Dick DeVos, who is from a Michigan-based conservative philanthropist family.


Betsy DeVos pursued her education at Calvin College, where she earned her undergraduate degree in business and political science. Her involvement in politics dates back in 1976, when she a presidential campaigner for Gerald Ford. Previously, Mrs. DeVos served as the char of the Windquest Group, a privately owned company founded in 1989,that invested in the manufacturing, marketing and technology sectors. She was also involved in the leadership of a family foundation she started with her husband. The foundation aims to cultivate change in five areas, giving priority to education. Betsy was politically involved in Michigan’s Republican Party politics, serving various positions including the chairperson from 1996-2000, and then in 2003.


Charitable Organizations Created by Betsy DeVos


When Mrs. DeVos and her group tried unsuccessfully to amend the constitution of Michigan that would have allowed vouchers or tax credit scholarships, they decided to form Great Lakes Education Project. The organization focused on expanding charter school programs across the state. The PAC pushed for legislation reform and other initiatives like lobbying, endorsements, supporting reform-oriented candidates and public awareness campaigns. In 2003, Mrs. DeVos was also involved in the formation of All Children Matter, an advocacy group that pushed for quality choices for all students in Michigan attending public schools. The mission of this organization aimed to empower parents when choosing public schools to send their children in order to improve their performance.


Another charitable organization launched by DeVos is American Federation for Children (AFC). It was founded in 2010 as a national advocacy group to support school choice, voucher programs and scholarships through tax credit. This organization is an affiliate of Alliance for School Choice. The organization has tried to push legislation of states laws to allow introduction vouchers and school choice programs.


Betsy DeVos’ Early Life


Betsy DeVos’ interest in education was sparked by her mother several years ago when she was growing up. She was also encouraged by leaders who worked very hard to increase opportunities for students to receive education and providing more choices for parents. These incidences played critical role of changing DeVos’ perspective about the need to receive education.


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