Betsy DeVos and her spouse Dick DeVos started committing themselves to helping other parents, particularly those who earned low incomes to access quality education for their children. Her husband’s commitment manifested itself when he ran for the State Board of Education in Michigan. Betsy got herself involved by starting a foundation that offered scholarships for humble families so that the parents can have better school choices for their children. However, their philanthropic activities were not sufficient to address the main problem. The effort Betsy and her husband put was only enough to serve a few families, which translated to a huge number of children not having access to quality education.
They, therefore, started supporting schools and offering significant funding to the Education Freedom Fund which offers scholarships to needy children with the aim of helping them attend private schools. Their foundation also provided support for the American Federation for Children (AFC) and also the Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE). Betsy chairs the AFC alongside former Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and a former news anchor Campbell Brown who founded an education news website known as The Seventy Four. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.
She and her husband chair the Windquest Group, a company that invests in manufacturing, technology, and clean energy. Dick DeVos was once a president of Amway, a company that was founded by his father. This company deals in direct marketing that served to build the family’s fortune.The philanthropy of the DeVos family goes far back and is very extensive. They have poured millions of dollars into numerous charitable organizations, including legal groups and leadership institutes.
The family has funded election-related efforts for the state of Michigan and the nation. Betsy DeVos has her own philanthropic activities that include co- chairing the DeVos Family Foundation in the couple’s home in Michigan. The foundation has a strong record of support for schools in the state of Michigan.For instance, it supports the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a high school that has an aviation theme. The foundation is located at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was established by Dick DeVos in 2010.
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Betsy DeVos is the eleventh United State Secretary of Education. The U.S. Senate confirmed her on February 7, 2017, after she was nominated for the post by President Donald Trump. She has been involved in the education policies for almost thirty years through advocating for children and as a voice for parents. DeVos is passionate about reforms and is quick to help children to access quality education. Her passion for education was triggered by her mother when she was young. The interest grew after she took her kids to school and realized that not all children in America have access to quality education. While in her hometown, Betsy DeVos saw the effort local leaders put with the aim to give better opportunities for all children across the nation and decided to join hands with them.