Elisabeth Dee Betsy DeVos cuts across all careers; being a businesswoman, philanthropist, and a politician under Republican Political Party. Betsy is an innovator, leader, and an advocate. She boasts of attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Calvin College. Betsy is currently working under Trump Administration, being the 11th United States Secretary of Education. She has ties to the Reformed Christian community and is an advocate for the school of choice, school voucher programs, and charter schools.
Betsy has been an active participant in political activity since 1982. From 1992 through 1997, she was serving as Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan and chaired Michigan Republican Party from 1996 until 2000. She is regarded as a good fundraiser; she was able to raise $150,000 during 2004 Bush campaign personally. Betsy is a person who believes in Republican core issues, traditional American virtues, and an honest government. She states that if the money she, together with her family, contributes to the political forum is the way to fostering a conservative governing philosophy, then she has no obligation.
Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos, founded Windquest Group in 1989. Windquest group invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. Together with her husband, they have invested in Neurocore, a group of brain performing centers. The group seeks to help people with depression, autism, anxiety, and attention deficit disorder. Betsy DeVos never stops at trying to create an environment where everybody can thrive.
Betsy’s Philanthropic Work
Betsy and Dick launched The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, in 1989. It is concerned with funding organizations and programs focusing on education, arts, justice, and leadership in the community. They have empowered some foundations such as; American Federation for Children, ArtPrize, Hellen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Oncology Program, and the West Michigan Aviation Academy. Its donations mainly focus on Christian foundations and Christian private schools. From 1999 through 2015, the foundation has donated roughly $100,000 million;
- $8.6 million to Christian private schools
- $5.2 million to charter schools
- $59,750 to public schools
- $2.39 million to Grand Rapids Christian High school
- $652,000 to Ada Christian School
- $458,000 to Holland Christian School
- $100,000 to Alliance for School Choice
- $250,000 to John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
- $400,000 to ArtPrize Grand Rapids
Betsy’s charitable interests range widely. She follows in her parent’s footsteps of offering a lending hand to the community around her. Many notable organizations such as Action Institute, Institute for Justice, Centre for Individual Rights, and Pregnancy Resource Center, have all benefited from the funding of Dick and Betsy Family Foundation. Betsy also regularly mentors at-risk elementary students through Kids Hope USA, and she is determined to reform America’s broken education system. She sits on the board of Foundation for Excellence in Education, which seeks to ascertain that every child attains their God-given potential.