Betsy DeVos is not only a dedicated businesswoman who is known for her determined nature. She is also a philanthropist who has focused on the causes she is passionate about for a good portion of her life. A lot of her energy has been focused on the educational system in the United States, and she has made a lot of progress in this area. Today, she serves as the nation’s secretary of education, and she also continues to shower organizations she believes in with the money they need to function.
It was recently discovered that Betsy DeVos has been donating a lot more money to the causes closest to her heart than people thought she was. In fact, along with her husband, she has donated $139 million to charitable programs, causes, and organizations over the course of her life. Most of this giving has been done through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Many groups and causes have benefited from her giving, but the educational system has benefited the most. This is because DeVos wants to have then most impact on the educational system in the U.S., and in 2015, her foundation donated a little more than $3 million to educational causes.
Betsy DeVos has done a whole lot more than just donate money to educational reform during her lifetime. She has been a leading part of the educational choice movement, which looks to support American families by helping to shoulder the cost of charter schools and private schools. Her efforts have led to the passing of legislation that has helped to do just this. She was a part of the reason why Michigan passed school choice measures, and these have helped many families in the state.
Betsy DeVos was also a part of the American Federation For Children, and she served as the chairman for All Children Matter, which was a 527 political organization that her husband, Dick DeVos, was a part of. She also worked with the Alliance for School Choice, which focused on educating the public about how educational choice could help. After learning from the experience, a more organized group was created, and this was called the American Federation for Children. She feels that this group is doing a lot to support the educational choice movement.
Betsy DeVos was born in Holland, Michigan, and she now calls Grand Rapids her home. She is known for her generosity and has been a large part of helping to improve her home town through donations of her time and money. Thanks to DeVos, many young students are able to attend a quality school instead of being forced to attend a failing public school based on the zip code of where their home is located.
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