Betsy DeVos is the U.S. Secretary of Education in President Trump’s administration. She and her husband Dick DeVos are business people, philanthropists and political activists. Betsy is a Republican and supporter of school choice, voucher programs and charter schools. She worked for many years in Michigan to promote educational reform. She was chairman of the Michigan Republican Party for several years. DeVos is a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Betsy was the Vice President of the Prince Foundation, a charitable foundation set up by her family, primarily her father and mother, Edgar and Elsa Prince. She and her husband Dick DeVos started the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. Its purpose is to donate funds to various charitable organizations. Most of the donations are based on Dick and Betsy’s Christian faith.
The foundation focuses on education, community projects, arts, justice and leadership programs. In 2015, the foundation donated $11.6 million. This brings their lifetime donations to $139 million. The foundation has donated to hospitals, research in health care, Christian schools, religious missions, and other conservative causes.
DeVos has been involved over the years in the Action Institute. Its purpose is to study Religion and Liberty. It strives to promote a free society where individuals can use economic policies within the framework of the Judeo-Christian beliefs to promote economic growth.
From 2004 to 2010 Betsy Devos served on the board of directors for the Kennedy Center of the Preforming Arts. She was appointed by President George W. Bush. She and her husband, funded a center to teach art managers to raise funds for their institutions. In 2010, they donated $22.5 million to keep the program going.
Betsy DeVos has been very active in charitable work within her community in Michigan. She served as chairwoman of the American Federation for Children and The Philanthropy Roundtable. The American Federation for Children promotes educational choice, and works to help every child get a quality education, no matter what their economic status is
DeVos promotes the expansion of charter schools and more private schools being available to all students through financial assistance programs. She says the current school system is closed and restricts access to better options. If the market was opened up and parents had better options, children would receive a much better education no matter where they lived. She continues to support reform in the current U.S. educational system to provide a much higher quality of education to all children. Visit dbdvfoundation.org to know more about their foundation.