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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The U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, Has A Rich History in The Education Sector of The U.S

Elisabeth Dee DeVos, popularly known as Betsy DeVos, was born in Holland, Michigan 59 years ago to Elsa and Edgar Prince, both of Dutch ancestry. She was brought up with good Christian morals and was a devoted member of Christian Reformed Church located in North America. From Holland Christian High School, she proceeded to pursue a BA degree at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Betsy started involving herself in business, community activism, and politics while still in college. She later met and married Dick DeVos, a fellow entrepreneur, and activist, with whom they started engaging in philanthropic and charitable works through The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Betsy has been a loyal member of the Republican Party. After the Republicans won the recent presidential elections, Betsy was nominated by President Donald Trump, and later confirmed by the Senate as the 11th United States Secretary of Education. Outside of politics and business, Betsy is a mother of four children and a grandmother of five. She is still a firm Christian, currently a staunch member of Grand Rapids-based Mars Hill Bible Church where she is also a church elder.

Betsy’s Involvement in Basic Education

The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation donated $150,000 to the New York-based Success Academy Charter Schools in 2015. An additional $150,000 was also approved by the foundation for a later donation. At the same time, a non-profit charter school management company, GREAAT Schools received $5,000 from the organization. Through the same foundation, Betsy and Dick donated funds to the tune of $200,000 to The Potter House, a Christian school in Betsy’s hometown in Michigan. According to Betsy, The Potter House was the school that sparked her interests in education advocacy. Alliance for School Choice, a non-profit affiliate school of the American Federation for Excellence in Education, was the lucky beneficiary of $100,000 in 2015. The Foundation for Excellence in Education where DeVos was once a board member received $50,000 from the couple. Check this related article from

Betsy’s Involvement in Higher Education

Institutions of higher learning have also been beneficiaries of The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The foundation donated $500 million to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, prompting the university to rename its arts management institute after the DeVos couple. Michigan-based Davenport University, which is a private non-profit university, received more than $150,000 in donations from the foundation while The School of Missionary Aviation Technology received $250,000. Betsy DeVos presented the Calvin College with a grant of $35,000 last year. She also made contributions of more than $110,000 to Ferris State University, a public university in her home state of Michigan. The family foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Christian-related education groups. These groups include, among others, Ada Christian School Society and Christian Schools International. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Xprize Foundation received $250,000 and $1,8 million respectively.

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