The Life And Philanthropy of Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos was honored with the 11th appointment as the secretary of education for the United States. Her nomination garnered Senate approval on February 7, 2017. Betsy DeVos’ career has been focused on transforming the education system through policies that enhanced the provision of world-class education. Betsy DeVos was the child of a public school teacher, and that’s where her interest in education was born. Her interest intensified years later as a mother with school-going children. She realized that not all American children had equal opportunities when it came to accessing quality education. When she saw their leaders work on providing better opportunities for children and improving the school choices for parents, she knew then that it was the mission she intended to get enjoined in. She spent 15 years working in the Michigan Public Schools as a mentor for children who were classified as “at-risk.”


DeVos rose to become recognized as a leader in the parents’ empowerment movement which has created educational reforms in 25 states. In her current position as the secretary of education, DeVos works closely with President Donald J. Trump to ensure that there exists the opportunity to provide quality education to all students regardless of their location or household income. She has been advocating for the reinstatement of the control of schools to the state and local authorities. This is to put parents in a better position to be able to have a voice in the educational settings for their children. Betsy DeVos attended Calvin College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree. She served as Michigan Republican Party for six years. She has collectively spent thirty years pursuing various reform agendas.


Her philanthropic role has been executed through her Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation which carries out numerous charity activities. Betsy sits on the boards of the following foundations;


– Kids Hope USA

– Foundation for Excellence in Education

– Mars Hill Bible Church

– DeVos Institute for Arts Management

– DeVos Institute for Arts Management

– Kendall College of Art and Design


Betsy DeVos is the head of AFC, the American Federation for Children Alliance for School Choice, both of these are philanthropic organizations. They focus on advocating for children and parents from households of low income to be able to access quality education. Betsy DeVos and her family actively contribute to funding pediatric oncology. In line with her belief in quality healthcare for children, they have assisted patients with pediatric cancer admitted at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The DeVos family has in addition funded legal groups, think tanks and other institutions. The DeVos Family ranks highly as one of the most philanthropic families in recent times, alongside the Koch family.


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