The Philanthropy Efforts of Betsy DeVos

Elizabeth Betsy DeVos is known all over the world and has been praised for being a good leader, an advocate, an innovator and a disruptor. She has dedicated her life to smoothen the road in areas such as education, politics and business. In that way, she has created a good environment that is easier to thrive. Betsy was once the Chairman of the Windquest Group- a private investment and management group located in Michigan with a varied consumer product and service selection. In the education sector, she has done quite a lot; she chaired the American Federation for Children, which is a school choice advocacy group, spearheaded the fight to change America’s education system, nurtured fresh educational opportunities in Michigan and as well served on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. As a result, many children were mentored and are now in their parents’ school of choice. DeVos has been involved in politics since 1976 when she was a volunteer for President Gerald R. Ford. She also served as the chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party for four terms and on the Republican National Committee from 1922 to 1998.

Betsy’s philanthropy efforts are impeccable. In 1989, Betsy and her husband initiated the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation as a way of giving back to the society on the basis of justice, leadership, education, arts and community. She once had an interview where she revealed a lot about her life. When asked about what she felt about education, she expressed her optimism and joy in that education choice was being enjoyed, specifically among Latinos. She also explained how her support in educating children was because she felt the burden of parents who worked tirelessly but still could not raise enough money to pay for their children’s tuition. She and her husband, therefore, decided to help needy children, and that led to the growth of their foundation. Read more on Los Angeles Times.

Betsy Devos described her biggest success as the Florida project. The State had a tax-credit scholarship scheme through which citizens enjoyed educational choice and as well had supported over 50,000 students attending their family’s choice of school. This has led to Florida being highly coveted due to its success. She also gave credit to the recent advances in both Louisiana and Indiana. The two states had come up with a way to serve almost one million students, which was a boost to the educational choice. When asked about auspicious education reform tactics, she spoke about eradicating the existing mindset that students attended schools according to their family status. Betsy DeVos promised to fight for a legal framework with more freedom and, thus, create a healthy environment for the children.

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