Betsy DeVos is a highly respected business woman who has built an excellent reputation due to her involvement in charity undertakings. She has been helping many people across the United States through the Dick and Betsy Family Foundation, which is an organization that was created by her family in 1989. The primary issues that the foundation deals with include education, Christian mission, and leadership. Betsy and her husband gave approximately $139 million to charity in 2015. The generosity was appreciated in the United States, and they were listed among the top 30 do-gooders.The DeVos family has been supporting various organizations that are important to the community. In 2015, their foundation donated $150,000 million to the Success Academy Charter Schools to facilitate their operations. They also gave a total of $200,000 to the Potter’s House School, which is a learning institution that is Christian-based and has been supporting children from low-income families to access a decent education. The Dick and Betsy Family Foundation assists the community by offering finances to help Christian missions, hospitals, schools, art centers, and many other foundations. Institutions that have benefited from its activities include Center for Individual Rights, Baptists for Life, and Michigan’s Pregnancy Resource Center.
Besides her involvement in charity, Betsy has been hired by President Donald Trump’s administration to act as the cabinet secretary for education. She was nominated for the senior office due to her outstanding work in the education sector. Betsy has always strived to make sure that American children are offered equal opportunities to having a decent education. She served as a volunteer of the Grand Rapids Public Schools for over 15 years, and this enabled her to know how disadvantaged parents struggle to ensure that their children attend good schools. She was motivated to start campaigning for reforms in the education system in more than 25 American states.Before President Trump appointed Betsy to her cabinet, she served Windquest Group as the head of the financial services.
The company was founded by Dick DeVos, who is her husband. Dick has attained success as a businessman, and he is currently based in Michigan. Betsy also had administrative roles in organizations such as Kendall College of Art and Design, the Mars Hill Bible Church, and the Kids Hope USA. She attended the Calvin College and held an art degree from the institution.Mrs. DeVos served the Republican Party in different capacities for about three decades. She has been making contributions towards the political world since the 1970s. Betsy once served the party as a delegate. The DeVos family has given millions of dollars to fund the campaigns of various Republican Party candidates. They supported the reelection of President Bush in 2002.
Betsy DeVos got her passion for being a reformer at an early age. She got involved with politics on campus and from that point on she continued with politics. She has run various campaigns and was chairman for 6 years of the Michigan Republican Party. Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick, started the firm, Windquest Group in 1989. She is a reformer and is actively involved in education reform.
There are over 250,000 students that go to publicly funded, private programs of their parents choosing. This movement is continuing to grow as it has reached 17 states and the District of Columbia. What sparked Betsy DeVos attention to school reform was when she had small children. At the Potter’s House Christian School, she and her husband watched how parents struggled to keep their children at the school so that they had a safe place to learn and had an environment that kept them involved. It wasn’t long after that when she and her husband began to help low income families. Both she and her husband felt that if they could decide where their children went to school that everyone else despite their financial status could do the same.
Betsy and Dick DeVos’ commitment to school reform came when Dick ran for the position of State Board of Education. Betsy Devos decided then to start a foundation which helps lower income families with scholarships. She actively served on several boards, Children First America and the American Education Reform because the programs wanted to expand the decision of educational choice. She and Dick were involved with the first charter school bill that came to be in 1993. They were unsuccessful in the year 2000 in changing the state’s decision to allow vouchers and scholarships.
Their biggest success was in the state of Florida. This state has the longest time frame in educational choice. Over 50,000 students are attending a school that their family chose. There have also been vast improvements in the state of Indiana and Louisiana. With the program that the states passed, it has the grounds to serve one million students. Betsy stated that with the right people in office this program can be successful from the start of passing the bill until the end where student’s families help them chose a school of their choice. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.
Betsy DeVos was handpicked by the President, Donald J. Trump to serve on the 11th U.S. secretary of education. For nearly three decades she has been advocating for children that come from low income families. Her interest stems back to her mother, who was a public school educator. And once her children started going to school, she got more actively involved in reforming education. The premise of her position as Secretary of Education is working with the President to expand opportunities and the best education for all students.