An Appraisal of Betsy DeVos’ Philanthropy Work

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.

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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.

Getting to Know Dick DeVos

Dick Devos is a renowned figure in the United States of America. He is known for his prowess in business and entrepreneurship as well as philanthropy. In matters of philanthropy, he acts as the president of a charity organization called the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. This is a family foundation that he established with the help of his wife, Betsy. That was back in the year 1989. Since then, this charity organization has been involved in the donation of thousands of dollars to various beneficiaries such as artistic organizations, religious institutions, and even education institutions. Some of the most notable beneficiaries of this organization include the Potter House. The Potter House is a private school in the state of Michigan and takes care of students from low-income families.

 

Another beneficiary of this foundation is the Mars Hill Bible Church found in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Other institutions include the Helen Devos Children’s Hospital and the Education Freedom Fund. This is a fund that Dick Devos co-chairs with his wife, Betsy. On a personal level, rich Dick has been involved in the funding of scholarships, art competitions, and has even given money to universities of his choice in Michigan and across the United States.

 

One of the thing that Dick Devos stands for is the right to work laws. This is where employees choose to work without being forced to be part of any union. With these views, he has received a lot of opposition from the unions themselves. He even donated $1.75 million of his money to see that the right to work laws has been passed in the state of Michigan. This is one of his major success in the public domain as the then governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, passed the law banning the mandatory legislation of workers in the state.

 

Dick Devos is the son of Richard Devos, the 88th richest person in the United States with an estimated wealth of $5. 1 billion. Dick ran for the 2006 governor chair with the Republican ticket but was defeated by Jennifer Granholm. He has always been involved with the family business since he was a small boy. He officially joined the Amway Corporation in the year 1974 shortly after graduating from college. He worked in several positions with this company including vice president and CEO when his father vacated the position. During his time here, the company experienced remarkable success generating more revenue than before.