Betsy DeVos currently serves as the Education Secretary in the cabinet of the U.S. President Donald Trump. She has been one of the top most education reformers in the country and has been championing the cause of education reform for many years. To ensure that there is active support for the causes she believes in firmly, including the education reforms she firmly believes the country needs, Betsy has donated generously through her family foundation that she runs with her husband, Dick DeVos.
She belonged to the Dutch ancestry and was born on January 8, 1958, to Elsa and Edgar Prince. The billionaire parents of Betsy DeVos had their hands in many different businesses at the time and were the owners of the great Prince Corporation of Holland, which at one point in time provided employment to a quarter of town’s total population. She did her graduation in Business Management and Political Science from Calvin College, where she was also involved with the student-level college politics and was quite popular in the city.
Betsy DeVos is known to be one of the most noted philanthropists in the country, and as per the media reports, the family, in general, has given away a total of $139 million over the years. However, one of the recent donations by Dick and Betsy Foundation went to the Loudspeaker Media Inc. The donation made to the organization was $400,000 to support the construction of new education website by Campbell Brown, a popular former CNN Anchor. Betsy DeVos also facilitated a donation of $200,000 to The Potter’s House, which is a Christian school located in her hometown, Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also provided $5,000 to a non-profit charter school management firm namely GREAAT Schools Inc and funded another $150,000 to Success Academy Charter Schools while commissioning another $150,000 for future payments towards the organization.
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Betsy’s foundation provided $6,500 to another conservative think-tank Intercollegiate Studies Institute Inc. and facilitated $750,000 to a libertarian think tank, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy. Betsy is a firm believer that the education system existing currently in the country needs an overhaul to ensure proper and competitive education is provided to the students and is for private schooling that provides far better education than public schools. Many Christian education groups recently received funding from DeVos Foundation, which includes Grand Rapids Christian School Association, Christian Schools International, Ada Christian School Society and Rehoboth Christian School.
Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation started in 1989 and had funded tens of millions of dollars over the years to a wide range of causes, including education, health, and justice reforms, which the couple feels the country desperately needs. As an education secretary of the country, she hopes to make the positive difference in the education space now and is working relentlessly to make the difference.
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