The Philanthropic AND Business Ventures of Betsy DeVos
Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos is no doubt a voice to reckon with in advocacy of education and politics in general. Her proven leadership and innovation, pioneering the fight against barriers while actively participating in the creation of effective education policies. In some quarters, she is seen as a disruptor who challenges the status quo.Mrs. DeVos is the current Secretary of Education, a role she has used to bring about noticeable changes in the education sector for the six months she has held the position. For over 35 years, Betsy has actively participated in the political discourse, having been four-time chair of the Michigan Republican Party. Betsy has also worked with various campaign teams for candidates over the years, but it is her role in advancing education choices that is perhaps most prominent.
Among the beneficiaries of Betsy’s philanthropic activities include the American Federation for Children for which she is the former chair. She is chairman of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, through which she extends donations and grants to various organizations. The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, Mars Hill Bible Church, Kids Hope USA, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education are some beneficiaries of her philanthropic work.Betsy was educated at the Holland Christian School and later attended Calvin College where she graduated with a BA. in Business Economics in 1979.She was an active participant in college politics and has continued to articulate her position all along.The 59-year-old is a daughter of an industrialist Edgar Prince. She is the wife of Dick DeVos an outstanding businessman following in his father’s footsteps. The DeVos stands as one of Michigan’s wealthiest families and her husband, Dick Devos Jr, a multi-billionaire heir to the Amway fortune.
Betsy Devos is the chair of Windquest Group, a company involved in technology investments and manufacturing clean energy solutions, founded in 1989.Another investment in which Betsy and family has a stake is Neurcore, a group of brain performance centers offering therapy solutions for disorders including depression, autism, anxiety and attention deficit disorder. The contribution of Betsy Devos over the years to the education sector has been particularly outstanding, especially in advancing choices for parents and students. She has indeed weathered several political storms to make notable strides in her philanthropic work and business. It is expected that she there will be notable changes in the education sector whilst she serves as education Secretary under President Donald Trump.n 2015, contributions by the DeVos Foundation reached $11.6 million and the family was ranked number 24 on the list of top givers in America. Their combined lifetime contribution totaled $139 million.Most of the family’s donations range across several spheres of life and have been instrumental in driving notable changes in the societies where they are invested.
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