Betsy DeVos’ philanthropy has a long portfolio indicating her passion to reform an educational system that limits the success of children in the United States by their ZIP codes. Betsy went to Calvin College for her bachelor’s degree and it is there that she gained an insurmountable passion for the American education policy. Betsy indulged herself into philanthropy immediately after graduation and presently has an invaluable experience of thirty years under her belt. She has active involvements in political campaigns that share her vision for education and parties such as the Michigan Republican Party.Betsy DeVos works closely with her visionary husband Dick DeVos to implement strategies that progressively better the lives of American children and ultimately the nation’s future. The two cofounded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation to collectively address issues facing schools in relation to finance and the actual education system.
The foundation is a recurrent donor to established and emerging schools that indicate a potency to put out competitive candidates into the American job market. The earliest educational philanthropy by Betsy DeVos is the Potters House Christian School where she and her husband committed to alienate the finance problem plaguing the children.She narrated that when she first visited the institution, she was overwhelmed by the student’s learning enthusiasm, the teacher’s commitment and the school’s convenient tuition environment. However, her spirits were quickly downed after learning that a majority of the kids cane from below average income families striving too hard to send them to school. Betsy and Dick contributed funds to pay for tuition fees and some of the school’s expenses. The motion went to freeing up some of the money that parents had to spend to keep the system running.
Betsy’s first foundation to sponsor students with scholarships began operating in 1990 by supporting children from low income homes afford education. She graduated to reforming the system at the core level by joining the American Education Reform Board and Children First America whose sole intentions were to elect able candidates into office. Her first campaign to pass the Michigan school charter bill had the strong backing of her husband Dick and was set to allow use of tax credits and vouchers in scholarship programs. The bill faced an unprecedented failure but Betsy did not stop at the hurdle and moved on to start Great Lakes Education Program to effect change nationally.Betsy DeVos and Dick both come from actively philanthropic families and have nurtured their nuclear family to continue the tradition. Their first born son got a mention by the Forbes Magazine as one of America’s top donors in 2015 due to his annual contributions which was in the millions. The family maintains a stronghold on their movement by explaining that financial contribution go a long way in slowly transforming the lives of individual kids across America.