Her appointment to the office of the Secretary of Education in the states was received with both applause and controversy from both sides of the political divide. Betsy Devos, however, has participated in several activities aimed at revolutionizing the education sector. As it is so, her contributions to the education system give her the capability of serving the nation in that capacity. Before her appointment as Secretary of Education, Betsy was associated with school choice movement. She held a leadership role in the campaign and championed for educational reforms. Betsy contribution and interest in the education sector has not only been evident through her political actions but also, through her philanthropic activities. Betsy introduction to school choice program came at a tender age. As a daughter of a school teacher, she understood all the challenges that come with public education. She schooled at Holland Christian High School. Later, she pursued an arts degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Later in life, Betsy and Dick Devos married. They have four children and five grandchildren.
Most of Betsy Devos work in philanthropy revolves around education and politics with a light touch on health and talent search. She has served on several charity programs and at different levels of management. She served at Philanthropy Roundtable as the chairman. At the organization, her responsibilities involved mobilizing and educating members on the essence of philanthropy. The institution works towards the strengthening of the free society. During her time at the Philanthropy Roundtable, Betsy contributed towards the development of K-12 education. Most of the improvements went towards the development of learning facilities, hiring of excellent leaders and teachers especially for disadvantaged children. Betsy has contributed through several foundations. Together with her husband Dick Devos, they formed the Dick & Betsy Devos Family Foundation through which they make most of their donations. Betsy also contributes to charities focused on the development of better health centers for children. She donates through Richard and Helen Devos Foundation. Additionally, she plays a role in Douglas & Maria Devos Foundation as well as the Daniel and Pamela Devos Foundation.
Her philanthropy involves not only monetary donations but also mentorship programs. For 15 years, Betsy has taken mentorship programs at Grand Rapids public schools. It is an undeniable fact that philanthropy is a family trait in Betsy Devos family. In 2015, Betsy Devos and her family appeared in Forbes magazine as number 24 on the top donors’ list. Betsy and her husband contributed $11.6 million in donations in 2015. Her contributions, monetary or otherwise have contributed to increased awareness of the school choice program. Additionally, several children have benefited from vouchers and scholarship opportunities. As she begins her career as the Secretary for Education, we hope that she advocates for education reforms with as much enthusiasm as she did before.
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