A look at Betsy DeVos’s Contribution in Education and Politics
Betsy DeVos is a leader, a visionary, a humanitarian, an activist and the 11th and present United States Secretary of Education. She is married to Dick DeVos, and together they have four children and five grandchildren. She was born and raised in Holland, Michigan, on January 8th, 1958, to Elsa and Edgar Prince. Her father, Edgar, was the founder of Prince Corporation, which is a company that distributes automobile parts and is based in Holland, Michigan. DeVos went to Holland Christian High School, which is located in Holland, Michigan and in 1979 graduated from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan with a B.A. in business economics.
DeVos has been engaged in politics since she was on campus. She has been involved with education issues for 28 years and has been on the forefront to fight for quality education for everyone. She has also been involved with initiating fights to get rid of barriers, endorse change and to create environments where people are given the chance to achieve success. DeVos has achieved this by founding new and groundbreaking companies that are helping the community better itself.
Betsy and her husband Dick DeVos started the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. It is a philanthropic foundation that they have used to donate millions of dollars to charity. In 2015, the foundation donated more than ten million dollars to different organizations and guaranteed a further 3.2 million dollars that would be paid out in endowments in the future. Some of the foundation’s notable contributions include the 400,000 dollar endorsement for Loudspeaker Media Inc, an education site set up by former CNN anchor Campbell Brown, and an additional 400,000 dollars for the former anchor’s non-profit organization, The Partnership for Educational Justice. The Success Academy Charter Schools received a donation of 150,000 dollars in 2015 from the foundation. Another donation of the equal amount was pledged for future reimbursement.
The foundation set up by Betsy and her husband has also donated huge sums of money to healthcare facilities and research institutes, art societies, Christian schools and evangelic missions. The foundation donated an impressive 100 million dollars between the years 1999 and 2014 and half of the money in donations was given to Christian establishments. Betsy’s foundation has also been involved in donating money to support education. In the years between 1999 and 2014, the foundation donated a total of 8.6 million dollars to private Christian Schools, 5.2 million dollars to approval schools and 59,750 dollars to public schools.
DeVos also has a long history of political donations and has been a member of the Michigan Republican Party since 1982. She has been active in the party majorly as a donor to the party’s candidates and has donated more than 17 million dollars to the Republican Party as of 1989. She has also been elected to several posts in the party. She worked as a local precinct representative for the party and in the years between 1992 and 1997, she was a Republican National Committeewoman representing Michigan. She also functioned as chairwoman of the party in the years between 1996 and 2000.
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