Betsy DeVos: Providing Accessible Education

Education is one of the most important sectors in the United States of America. Children are being sent to school to learn and gain knowledge; unfortunately, some of them cannot afford to go to school because of poverty. During this times, people like Betsy DeVos steps in. Betsy DeVos is the wife of American entrepreneur Dick DeVos. She is the current United States Secretary of Education, under the government of President Donald Trump. She is one of the vocal supporters of educational reform across the country, and she is well known for giving financial assistance to children who wanted to go to school.

 

Betsy DeVos, prior to becoming the United States Secretary of Education, was once focused on becoming a successful businesswoman. She became the chairwoman of The Windquest Group, a private firm founded in 1989 by Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos. The Windquest Group has several investments in technology, manufacturing, and green energy, and the company is also active in financing innovative developments that would be beneficial to the public. Betsy DeVos also have investments in Neurocore, a brain training center that helps ease problems with mental health, depression, autism and anxiety. Betsy DeVos has to step down as a member of the board at Neurocore when she was appointed as the United States Secretary of Education.

 

Aside from working for the government and different firms, Betsy DeVos is also known to be a philanthropist, and she founded and established a number of organizations across the United States. One of these foundations is the Prince Foundation, founded by her family. The Prince Foundation is responsible for assisting groups such as the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family. She also established a foundation along with her husband, called the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. This foundation aims to reform the society of the United States, and the two are providing donations to a number of organizations and facilities. It includes schools, hospitals, research facilities, art organizations, evangelical missions, and conservative thinkers. Betsy DeVos and her husband has made millions of donations to different organizations and schools, among them are Christian centered organizations and Christian schools who are promoting Christian values.

 

Aside from their donations and charities to the society, Betsy DeVos and her husband are also lovers of the art. At the Kennedy Center, the two managed to build a center using their own money to train art managers and the board of directors of different art museums across the country on how they can do their own fundraising programs. They also started ArtPrize, which has become one of the largest art competitions in the world. Betsy DeVos is also known to provide school vouchers and a vocal supporter of school choice. She is hoping that these reforms in education can be attained now that she is the United States Secretary of Education.

 

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Dick Devos Role in Changing the American Education

Dick Devos is the husband to Betsy Devos, the secretary of education of the United States of America. While the Devos family may look like a normal family, they are used to criticism and a lot of attention. They are known as a family that contributes millions of money to charitable organizations as well as political donations. The two got married in the year 1989, and it’s estimated that they have contributed close to $140 million towards these causes. Before Betsy Devos became the secretary of Education, she used to be known for her role with the school choice program in the United States. The Politico recently obtained documents about the philanthropic life of Dick and Betsy Devos. In the papers from the Information Revenue Service, the two made a donation of $15 million in the year 2015. Out of this donation, it’s estimated that $5.3 went to political causes while the remaining amount went to charitable causes.

 

Most of their political donations go to the Republican Party with the two being members of the party since the 1980s. In the year 2006, Dick Devos tried the gubernatorial seat for the state of Michigan using the Republican Party. It has been reported that the two Devos come from a family of donors. Even their siblings and parents are well-known donors in the United States. As for Dick Devos, his father is Richard Devos Sr. who is one of the richest people in America. His father has an estimated wealth of close to $6 billion. On the other hand, Betsy Devos’ father is Edgar Prince, a well-known industrialist in North America and a generous donor. According to the papers obtained by the Politico, it’s estimated that the Devos family has spent a quarter of their wealth on philanthropy. Up to date, they have donated close to $1.33 billion.

 

It was also revealed that the two pay close attention to the education sector when it comes to making these donations. For instance, it was shown that $3 million of the $12 million went to education. Also, missions that support educational reforms in the US received $375,000. These two combined accounts for 29 percent of the money they gave to charitable organizations. Asked why they put a lot of emphasis on education, Betsy Devos declined to comment. On his part, Dick Devos said that they felt that the current education was underperforming. This meant that it could not help students realize the American dream. Despite criticism that they make these donations to conceal the large political donations, Dick Devos said that they have the interests of school going children at heart. The two usually involve their children in these activities. They explained that they had discussed the issue.