The Public Giving Of Education Secretary Betsy Devos

Betsy Devos was born and raised in 1958 in Holland Michigan. She is the daughter of billionaire industrialist Edgar Prince who owned Prince Corporation a supplier of automobile parts. She attended a Christian Primary School and then advanced on to attend Calvary College where she earned a degree in Economics. One of her college passions was politics which she has maintained a significant interest in since that time. She has been the chairperson for the Windquest Group, which she and her husband founded in 1989 along with their personal family foundation. The Windquest Group invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy alternative solutions.

 

Betsy and her husband have been deeply involved in philanthropic work together. Starting in 1989, the couple created the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. It is listed on Forbes List as one of the top philanthropic foundations in the country. The foundation has donated a total of $139 million dollars to charity so far with no signs of reduction in their levels of charitable giving.

 

The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation was established to have a focus on giving to programs in need in five key areas. The primary recipients of the funding are: education, community, arts, justice, and leadership enhancement. Their foundation has already donated millions of dollars to: health research facilities, hospitals, art organizations, Christian schools, global evangelical missions, and conservative political think tanks. It is notable that both Betsy and her husband give a considerable amount of their foundations gifts to faith based initiatives and organizations. In fact, $100 million of the foundations donated funds given out between 1999 to 2014 were given to Christian organizations.

 

Recipients of the foundation charitable gifts include educational-focused donations both public and private. The foundation has given at least $8.6 million to Christian schools and $5.2 million to charter schools, Notable donations also include the arts. One of the most sizable was a $22 million-dollar donation to The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her connection to the center is significant. In 2004 Mrs. DeVos was appointed under President George W. Bush to the Board of Directors for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

 

In addition to charitable work, Betsy Devos has also been very involved with her husband on Republican political campaigns. In 2004, she raised more than $150,000 for the 2004 George W. Bush re-election campaign. In 2008, she hosted a Republican fundraiser at her home in which President George W. Bush was the primary guest. In addition, she worked for two years during the Bush Administration as the finance chairperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. She also worked closely with the Bush Administration on other advancements of his agenda. Her husband and his family have also been active in Republican politics for decades. In total, the Devos family has donated over $17 million dollars to the Republican party and some of its more prominent candidates.

 

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Mrs. Betsy DeVos Succeeds at Championing for Education Reform

Our currently education system in America is broken. Children are ushered into schools that oftentimes lack positive results, and parents are left helpless to choose for them. If a child is placed in a school system that is harmful to their education, what good could possibly come from this? Fortunately, we have individuals such as Betsy DeVos who champions against this system that is beyond repair. She is an individual I believe that can make a difference, and her philanthropy work has proven that she is more than capable of helping those in need.

Betsy DeVos has dedicated her life to working tirelessly to help the youth that are underprivileged. She has spent 35 years working in politics, most notably being elected chairman in the Republican National Committee from 1992-1998. Betsy has worked with her husband, Dick DeVos, to create the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. The foundation purely focuses on giving back to the most sacred of American values: the family, and most importantly the youth. This foundation focuses on instilling leadership in the youth, positively impacting the community, assisting with education, teaching the youth about justice and promoting the arts. The foundation has been wildly successful since inception, and hallmarks Mrs. DeVos Philanthropic career. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.

Mrs. DeVos diverse background doesn’t stop there. Her drive to success is astounding, and she utilized her entrepreneurial skills, alongside Mr. DeVos, to create the Windquest Group. This organization invests in companies that create services, provide solutions and various products that positively impact the world. With a diverse background and a will to succeed, Betsy DeVos is not one to quit before achieving their goals. Her organizations have created a multitude of opportunities for the youth, and she continues to champion for them and ensures that their voices are heard.

Philanthropy can be considered one of the most rewarding types of work. Giving oneself to ensure that others can receive benefit is an astounding ordeal, and I believe Mrs. Betsy DeVos has done a phenomenal job throughout her career. Her work history, as well as her personal resolve, is second to none. Dedicating one’s life to creating positive changes for individuals who cannot is the highest aspiration in this life, and I admire her for her selfless passion to help others. With one step at a time, I believe the education system can be fixed here in America. I have no doubt of this, knowing that Betsy DeVos is the one leading the charge for a better tomorrow here at home.

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