Betsy DeVos is among the American women who have made exceptional accomplishments in their careers. She is a successful businesswoman, philanthropist, and education activist. Mrs. DeVos’ family has donated more than $139 million through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. In 2015, the Forbes Magazine acknowledged the DeVos family by ranking it as the 24th most liberal American family. Betsy has been successful in her endeavors as an education activist. She is known for being a leading advocate of schools of choice and school vouchers. Mrs. DeVos believes that the U.S needs to have an education system that favors people from all backgrounds. She currently holds the office of the U.S secretary of education. Her career as a businessperson has also been a success, and she is a co-chairperson at the Windquest Group.
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donates to support the education, leadership, justice, art and the community. It contributed approximately $11.6 million to charity in 2015. The money that the organization gives has facilitated art groups, churches, Christian schools, hospitals, and medical research. By 2014, the DeVos family had offered more than $100 million to charity, and 50 percent of their donation went to Christian-based foundations. Some of the non-profit institution that it has supported include the Action Institute, Center for Individual Rights, Institute for Justice, Baptists for Life, and Michigan’s Pregnancy Resource Center.
The education secretary and her husband have given millions of dollars to transform the education sector. By 2014, they had donated $8.6 million to support Christian-based schools and $5.2 million to charter schools. Public schools have benefited less from the family since they have been offered only $59,750. The learning institutions that have been funded by the couple include Ada Christian School, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Success Academy Charter School, Holland Christian, and Grand Rapids Christian High School Association. The commitment of Mrs. DeVos to supporting art institutions enabled her to be appointed by President Bush to serve the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ board. Her tenure on the board ended in 2010, and she offered $22.5 million to support the construction of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. Her son is the founder of the ArtPrize, which has held several art contests since 2009.
The businesswoman is greatly acknowledged for her role in the political scene. She has been a senior member of Michigan Republican Party. Betsy was once a delegate and chairperson of the party. She has also helped it in raising funds to support the election campaigns of the various candidates. To date, her family has given more than $17 million the party. Some of the Republican politicians who have gained from their donations include George W. Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Jeb Bush.
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