The Significance of Betsy DeVos’ Contributions to Charity

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Betsy DeVos is an established businesswoman who has accomplished a lot in politics and philanthropy. She currently works for President Donald Trump’s administration as the secretary of education. Betsy is also appreciated for her involvement in education activism. She has led campaigns in more than 25 states to transform the U.S school system so that it can be favorable to all children. According to her, people from low-income neighborhoods are not able to access a decent education due to the current structure. Mrs. Devos has partnered with her husband, Dick DeVos, in most charity undertakings that she conducts. The two have given a total of about $139 million to charity and Forbes listed them as the 24th most philanthropic family in 2015. Betsy serves the Windquest Group’s board of directors as a co-chairperson.


Since 1989, the Dick and Betsy Family Foundation has been in charge of the charitable undertakings of Mr. and Mrs. DeVos. The organization is committed to supporting important causes such as justice, art, education, leadership, and community development. In 2015, it gave $11.6 million to facilitate charity work in hospitals, churches, Christina schools, health research organizations, and art-based in institutions. The DeVos family’s donations totaled to about $100 million from 1999 to 2004 and half of the sum was given to support Christian activities. Organizations that have received money from the couple include Baptists for Life, Center for Individual Rights, Action Institute, Institute for Justice, and Michigan’s Pregnancy Resource Center.


The DeVos family has been supporting the education sector in different ways. As from 2000 to 2014 they offered $8.6 million to Christian-based schools. Public schools and charter schools also received $59,750 and $5.2 million respectively. The schools that have been given funds by the family include Grand Rapids Christian High School Association, Holland Christian Schools, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Ada Christian School, and Success Academy Charter School. Betsy’s love for art related activities enabled her to be offered a position at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by George W. Bush in 2004. In 2010, Mrs. DeVos co-founded the DeVos Institute of Arts Management and donate $22.5 million to the organization. Her son, Rick DeVos, is also devoted to transforming the art sector and he is the founder ArtPrize. The institution has hosted several art competitions since 2009.


For decades now, Betsy DeVos has supported the Republican Party as a member and a sponsor. She served the party’s Michigan division as a delegate in the 1980s and was later voted to be its chairperson. Her family has offered financial support towards the election campaigns of various party candidates. They have given about $17 million to date. George W. Bush and Jeb Bush, who is his younger brother, are among the politicians who have benefited from the DeVos family’s donations.


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