Betsy DeVos is believed to be one of those American women who are equally successful in business and politics. There is another side of this amazing lady, and it is her philanthropy. Betsy entered the politics in 1992 when she joined Republican Party. President Trump chose her for the important position of Education Secretary. She has a long history of voicing for reforms in American education system. It is probably the reason why her philanthropic activities revolve around education. She is married to Dick DeVos who is successful businessman and son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. The couple decided to form a foundation for philanthropy in 1989. The name of their foundation is Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation which is famous across the United States for supporting causes like education, leadership, justice, arts, and community. In the year 2015, Betsy gave away twelve million dollars which were twenty-six percent of the family’s annual wealth. The DeVos family holds the twenty-fourth spot on America’s Top Givers list by Forbes.
Betsy DeVos donated four-hundred-thousand dollars to Loudspeaker Media Incorporation which is run by Campbell Brown—a former anchor of CNN Channel. Mr. Brown will utilize those funds on a new educational website. He also runs a nonprofit company called The Partnership for Educational Justice for which Betsy donated additional four-hundred-thousand dollars. The Success Academy Charter Schools got one-hundred-and-fifty-thousand dollars from her. She also gave five-thousand dollars to a nonprofit charter school management company called GREAAT Schools, Inc. During a visit to Michigan-based Christian school The Potter’s House, Betsy promised financial support. The school was given two-hundred thousand dollars by her as promised. Alliance for School Choice is a nonprofit organization that closely works with the American Federation for Children. Betsy donated an amount of one-hundred-thousand dollars to the organization. Fifty thousand dollars were given to a foundation which works for reforms in the education.
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy is a think-tank that operates in Washington D.C. Betsy provided the think-tank with seven-hundred-and-fifty thousand dollars and promised an additional amount of one million dollars. Betsy DeVos is a member of the Governing Body of the Institute. A libertarian and nonprofit law firm called Institute for Justice was given ten-thousand dollars by her. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Inc. received six-thousand-and-five-hundred dollars. The University of Maryland has a College Park Foundation which was provided five-hundred-thousand dollars by Betsy. The management of the university honored the couple by naming the institute after their names. School of Missionary Aviation Technology offers aircraft maintenance and flight certificates to men and women. Betsy provided the school with hundred thousand dollars. In addition to this, several educational institutions including Ferris State University received thousands of dollars from Betsy DeVos as donations.
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