Betsy DeVos is a woman to be emulated. Not just by American women, but by all Americans in general. She is a businesswoman, politician, reformer and philanthropist. Fortunate enough to amass wealth in their lifetime, DeVos and her husband, Dick, have put a considerable portion of it towards helping those in need in the areas of leadership, arts, justice, community support, and education.Betsy and Dick DeVos founded the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. The two saw the foundation as a platform to both help and express their ideals on what is good and how people can uphold being good. As a result, the Foundation is greatly focused on faith and has on numerous occasions supported evangelical missions, Christina schools and a raft of other conservative programs. A look at foundations educational support in the 15 years between 1999 and 2015 shows that the Foundation extended the greatest deal of support towards Christian schools, with donations amounting to close to $9 million, followed by charter schools, which received donations amounting to approximately $5 million, while public schools came last with a small donation of $59,750.
Betsy DeVos’ greatest impact has been in the field of education. While most of the fame she has garnered in the education sector stems from her various endeavors to reform the system to take the best structure possible, she has also been helping students from all around the country access quality education even while the reform is ongoing. Since before the formation of her family foundation, DeVos has provided outstanding, but less able, students, with scholarships. She has also provided funds to schools that have performed exceptionally well. For example, in 2014 alone, the family foundation gave $652 thousand to the Ada Christian School alone.
The organization has also done a lot beyond educational-focused donations. In totality, the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is estimated to have raised approximately $139 million between its formation in 1989 and 2015. Programs targeted at the arts have received significant donations both from the Foundation and directly from DeVos. The DeVos family in 2009 launched a free-to-all art competition that is held every year in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Additionally, DeVos has in individual capacity greatly supported the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. In 2010, she gave the Center its largest private donation when she provided $22.5 million. The donation was aimed at helping the Center continue with its practical and creative communities following the global financial crisis that had hit only two years earlier.It is very calming that such a kind-hearted individual has recently been selected as the incumbent Secretary of Education for the country. If she continues as she has with her philanthropic and reformist past, there is no doubt that America has little to worry about in Betsy DeVos’ hands.