Betsy Devos Philanthropic and Financial Giving In Education Sector
Betsy DeVos is the current U.S education secretary. U.S President Donald Trump nominated her and was confirmed by the Senate at the beginning of this year. Before this job, Betsy DeVos was an advocate for underserved children, where she championed for better education. Betsy has been in the forefront as the voice of parents with the aim of establishing sustainable educational reforms that foster quality and equity in education policy. She has headed a variety of movements that empower parents and give them more educational choices for their children. She has fostered the creation of new educational opportunities for the less fortunate students in Columbia District and other states in America. She also worked in the Windquest, a firm that specializes in investment management as the chairperson. She serves on boards of different civic and charitable organizations such as Kids Hope USA, Kendall College of Design and Arts, and Kennedy’s Performing Arts Centre. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.
Her passion for education and empowerment of students began when she witnessed firsthand the inequality that prevailed in the education sector. Her mother took her and her siblings to school, and the reality dawned that not every child in America had access to quality education. The local leaders in her hometown formed movements to push for an increment in the educational opportunities, a move that greatly inspired Betsy DeVos.
As a result of the desire to help others, she has been active in various political movements and organizations to provide better opportunities across the nation. DeVos graduated from Calvin College in Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in Arts. She’s married to a fellow activist, educator, and philanthropist Dick DeVos, whom together they have five grandchildren from their four children.
Betsy DeVos Philanthropy History
Betsy DeVos family boasts of unsoiled history in the world of philanthropy. Speaking to the Philanthropy Roundtable magazine, she revealed that when her children attained school going age, she took them to the best schools money could pay. However, while at a visitation In Potter House Christian School with her husband, she realized tuition fee was not affordable to some of the parents in the school, despite being a local school. However, the lack of tuition fee did not weaken their will to educate their children. On seeing their resilience, the couple decided to visit the school again. Betsy and her husband Dick singled out the most vulnerable students in the school and started paying for them. To this day, the couple financially supports the school significantly. She pointed out that Florida has been their biggest success due to the tax-credit sponsorship programs. The program has fostered widespread educational choices supporting over 50,000 students who are attending schools of their choosing. DeVos’ plan is to expand the support policy into other states. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.