Betsy Devos is an American philanthropist and entrepreneur. She is also an education activist. Devos was born on January 1958 in Holland, Michigan. She is a member of the Republican Party and is widely known for her advocacy in education, voucher programs and her ties to the Reformed Christian community. In 1992, she became the Republican national committeewoman until 1997. Devos became the chairperson of Michigan Republic Party for four years. Later, in the year 2003, she was re-elected to the chairpersons’ post. Her role on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education has enabled her to champion and defend the Detroit charter school system. On November 23, 2016, President Trump announced that Devos would act as the Secretary of Education in his administration. She is the daughter of Elsa and Edgar Prince and is married to Dick Devos with whom they do most of the charitable work.
Through their family foundation, Betsy DeVos and her husband have donated their wealth to several charitable causes. This foundation was launched in 1989 and is motivated by faith. It aims at cultivating leadership in young generations, speed up transformation and provide support for education, community, arts, leadership, and justice. In the year 2015, the foundation ranked as number 24 on the Forbes list of top givers after donating 11.6 million dollars to charity. The couple’s charitable deeds, personally and through the Family Foundation summed up to 139 million dollars by the end of 2015. On Arts, Devos served on the board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for six years. While serving the center, Betsy Devos and her husband funded a center to educate arts managers on methods of fundraising and the management of their cultural institutions. Additionally, the couple donated over 22.5 million dollars to continue the endeavor. In the year 2009, Devos Foundation founded the ArtPrize. ArtPrize is a global art competition that seeks to bring artist together and celebrate them.
Devos advocates for education. According to her, the school system in the States should be opened up for profit charter schools. As a result, parents will be offered an increased choice. Devos has championed for school vouchers. The vouchers would allow students to enroll in private schools under the government wing. She is the head of All Children Matter, an organization she and her husband started. The organization provides scholarships to students attending private schools. She has funded the organization since its inception. Betsy is a defender of the Detroit charter school system. Together with her husband, they have introduced an annual scholarship program for students earning BBA at the University of Northwood. To the Potters House, a Christian school based in Grand Rapids, she donated 200,000 dollars through the family foundation in 2015. Truly her philanthropy knows no bounds.
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