Betsy DeVos currently serves as the United States Secretary of Education. Her appointment to this post was met with a lot of praise and controversy from different ends in the aisle of education. Betsy DeVos is well known for her leadership in the school choice program and her championing for reforms in the education sector. Betsy DeVos’ genuine concern and interest in the education sector is evident not only in her actions as an adult but also through her philanthropy over the years. She has offered funding and also promoted a number of educational organizations in the grassroots for years. Betsy DeVos has championed for the school choice concept throughout her political involvement with the Michigan Republican Party and has donated generously towards this cause.
Betsy DeVos has been the chairperson of the Philanthropy Roundtable, which seeks to educate legislators on the need as well as promoting philanthropy by partnering with donors. She believed that these partnerships would be crucial in fulfilling all the philanthropic needs throughout the nation. Betsy used her position to encourage giving in areas that were considered needy like the K-12 education especially in the area of vouchers and school choice. Betsy DeVos revealed in an interview that her interest blossomed during her stint in two not-for-profit education charities in Michigan. She saw the struggle that most low-income families had to contend with in order to put their children in the right schools. She dedicated her support for the legislation for scholarships and vouchers for such families with an aim of boosting the number of children attending schools despite their challenging backgrounds. She took her advocacy for these programs to the national level by working with different educational non-profits in various states in the nation. Betsy is active in her community and is the former chair of the American Federation for Children and serves in a number of other local and national boards like the American Enterprise Institute, ArtPrize, DeVos Institute for Arts Management and the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Betsy DeVos philanthropic work does not only involve monetary donations but also working through a number of non-profit organizations like the Foundation for Excellence in Education and Kids Hope USA. She has been a mentor at the Grand Rapids Public Schools for about 15 years. Philanthropy seems to run in the DeVos’ family, with Betsy DeVos and her husband contributing a total of $11.6 million to charity in 2015 alone according to Forbes. The main benefactors of this generous contribution were art and education organizations. Her active involvement in philanthropy has helped a lot of school-going children get a chance of attending school and increased the awareness of her school choice concept. Betsy DeVos graduated attended Calvin College located in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
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