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Betsy DeVos; The Power Of Philanthropy

Betsy DeVos together with her husband Dick DeVos has touched the lives of many through their family foundation. Having been founded in 1989, The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has remained an embodiment of excellent leadership and good deeds in the society. The charity has focused a majority of its efforts in ensuring that social entrepreneurship, quality education, and arts are entrenched in communities across the globe. The organization has been one of the biggest contributors to noble causes around the world. In 2015 alone, the philanthropy gave out over $11.6 million earning the DeVos family the 24th position on the list of top philanthropists in the US.

 

One of the biggest beneficiaries of the donations that the DeVos family has given out includes the Success Academy Charter Schools. In the year 2015, the group of schools received over $150,000 donor funds from the DeVos organization. In an interview with the Philanthropy Roundtable, Betsy DeVos also revealed that the Potter’s House, an institution with a Catholic background in Michigan had received $200,000 for various initiatives.

 

Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation have remained committed to ensuring that research in hospitals and medical schools is advanced. The organization has also contributed substantively to evangelical missions and art institutions. For half a decade, the DeVos family has managed to give out over $100 million in donations to various initiatives and organizations. Most of the funds from the charity have also been directed to other charities to facilitate their operations.

 

Apart from running the family business and charities, Betsy DeVos acquired another job recently. The social entrepreneur is the current secretary of education in Trump’s government. President Donald Trump settled on her because she has been one of the most vocal individuals who’ve agitated for a policy change in the education sector. For over three decades, Betsy DeVos has worked closely with other players in government and the private sector to try and have a policy change in the American education system. In her reforms agenda, Betsy is keen on affirmative action for all the children from marginalized regions.

 

Betsy’s interaction with educators and parents in her role as mentor has helped her get firsthand information on the status of the school system in the US. The smile on the face of the parents she has helped get their children to better schools always keeps her going. In the District of Columbia, Betsy has taken a lead role in establishing choice schools for students. The paradigm of choice schools enables students to decide their career at a young age.

 

Before she landed her job on the cabinet, Betsy DeVos held the post of chairperson of a financial services company called The Windquest. She is an alumnus of the Calvin College, Michigan.

 

To learn more about Betsy DeVos, visit http://www.betsydevos.com/.

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