Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos is an American investor, philanthropist, and education activist, born on January 8, 1958. She has been a vital figure in the removal of barriers, bringing change, and creating an enabling environment for education, business, and politics for people to thrive. Betsy is also known for her close links to the Reformed Christian community.
She attended Holland Christian High School in Michigan. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science from Calvin College. She is married to Richard Marvin “Dick” DeVos Jr. Richard’s father is the co-founder of Amway, which is worth $5.1 billion.
She has been a member of the Republican Party since 1982. From 1992 to 1997, she was the Michigan’s Republican National Committeewoman. Between 1996 and 2000, she was the chair of the Republican Party in Michigan. The editor of Inside Michigan Politics once described DeVos as a good underground organizer and fundraiser.
In 2004, DeVos raised over $150,000 during Bush’s reelection campaign. In the 2016 election, she donated to Republican candidates Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Marco Rubio. On November 23, 2016, America’s President-elect Donald Trump announced her as the next secretary of education.
Betsy DeVos’ Philanthropy Work
Betsy DeVos has participated in various charitable activities with her husband, Dick. Together, they have donated millions of dollars through their charity organization Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which they started in 1989. In 2015, the foundation donated over $10 million to different organizations.
The foundation donated $400,000 to Loudspeaker Media Inc. In doing so, they helped Campbell Brown– ex-CNN news anchor — start education site. Also, Brown’s non-profit organization, The Partnership for Educational Justice, received $400,000 from Betsy’s foundation.
In 2015, Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donated $150,000 to Success Academy Charter Schools. The foundation also pledged to support the schools with another $150,000 in the future. GREAAT Schools, Inc. received $5,000 from the DeVos Family Foundation.
In the same year, the foundation donated $200,000 to the Potter’s House. This is a Christian school founded in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Alliance for School Choice received $100,000 from the couple. The Alliance for School Choice works with the American Federation for Children where DeVos served as the chair.
Apart from education, the couple also supports other groups. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy is a Washington-based think tank and received $750,000. The couple promised to give another $1 million to the group later. The Institute for Justice assists school choice lawsuits in America and received $10,000 from the couple.
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Inc. promotes conservative perspective in colleges. The group received $6 500 from the DeVos. Other groups have received donations from the couple. Grand Rapids Christian School Association received $350,000. The Ada Christian School Society received $50,000. The couple also donated $10,000 to the Rehoboth Christian School Association $1,000 to the Christian Schools International.
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