Newly-appointed US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a woman of many firsts. Betsy has been in the limelight for virtually all her life. She was born in a famous family, and is married to an equally famous billionaire family. As a public figure, many expected her to carve in to public pressure. Nonetheless, she has maintained a brave face in her education access advocacy, philanthropy, and other public engagements.
Betsy’s Charity Initiatives
The DeVos family is renowned for its philanthropy work, which goes back decades. The family has made a name for itself by being one of the most prolific and influential conservative funders. Millions have been channeled to legal groups, think tanks, leadership institutes, and other organizations. Besides this, Betsy and her family have bequeathed millions of dollars through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family foundation, which she co-chairs with her husband. The foundation was established in 1989.
Betsy’s charitable giving largely reflects her Christian beliefs and conservative political ideas. She has particularly been a strong champion of education access equality. Under her guidance, the foundation donated 15 million dollars in 2015 alone. Through her resilient efforts, the DeVos family has become an epitome of generosity. This has seen the family ranked among the Top 50 Givers by Forbes Magazine.
Betsy believes that her family’s dedication to charity is guided by the success that it has achieved in business. Its strong Christian beliefs have also been a source of inspiration. She hopes that in future, the tentacles of the DeVos family foundation will spread to thousands of non-profit organizations across the globe. The arts and culture, community building, education, and healthcare are its topmost priorities.
Betsy’s Role at the Family Foundation
Betsy and her husband founded the foundation based on the strong beliefs that were instilled in them since childhood. Through it, they seek to serve local communities, and to support programs and organizations that help uplift the livelihoods of community members. The couple has been dedicated to empowering organizations and increasing their capacity to attain their objectives. Throughout her adult life, Betsy DeVos has been dedicated to the cultivation of leadership, accelerating social and economic transformation, and leveraging support to different causes.
Betsy’s Personal Background
The Michigan native of Dutch ancestry has had a chequered career in business, politics, and philanthropy. Her father Edgar Prince, founded Prince Corporation, which is one of the largest automobile parts distributors in the world. Betsy attended Holland Christian High School, and Calvin College. She graduated from the latter with a BA in political science and business administration. Her political involvement began during her stint in college where she distinguished herself as an astute debater and staunch human rights defender. Betsy supports the Republican Party and actively takes part in its fundraising activities alongside her husband.