Betsy DeVos is certainly a woman who has made many great accomplishments during her career. She currently serves in the prestigious role of United States Secretary of Education. Prior to that she held the elite position of Chair of Michigan’s Republican party for a lengthy six years. She has successfully managed political campaigns and political action committees. She also served as the chair person for the Windquest Group, a company she co-founded with her husband, Dick DeVos. The Windquest Group specializes in investing in technology, clean energy and manufacturing solutions.
Betsy DeVos is known as a reformer. She is also known as a woman who gets things done. Yet, when most people think of her accomplishments they look towards the political sector or her career. I recently discovered that she is also a leader in the philanthropic world. Betsy DeVos states that stewardship was distilled in her thanks to the values of her parents. It has always been something she includes in her priorities.
Betsy and her husband, Dick DeVos, have a foundation called the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation that consistently donates millions of dollars to a wide variety of charities and non-profits.
Much of the Foundation’s giving centers around Betsy DeVoses passion for education reform. Education reform has been the cornerstone of her push for better public schools and her giving reflects her personal stake in bringing that change about.
While she contributes to many different educational non-profits, she is passionate about one local school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The schools provides a Christian based education and is called The Potter’s School. She and her family found the school when they were looking for a grade school to send their own children to. She and her husband were touched by the outpouring of hard work and Christian values that the school provided and decided to become donors to the school. The two provide a variety of scholarships to children whose families could not afford the tuition for the school. They are currently the school’s largest donors and have supported a variety of programs to give students a great education. Many of the school’s students come from low income families. The funded scholarships allow these students to have access to a Christian-based education.
Betsy DeVos is passionate about giving children and their families school choice and she has chosen to designate personal funds to support that effort. She also works through political avenues to provide a wider variety of choices for students. This is especially important in low income areas where the schools within certain districts may not offer the highest quality of education.
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