Recently appointed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick have given away millions of dollars of their massive fortune to several charitable causes.
The couple talks the talk and they walk the walk. Much of their giving reflects their strong political and religious beliefs. Before she became Trump’s Education Secretary, she was at the forefront of Michigan education initiatives. The DeVoses are huge proponents of charter schools and the voucher program. They believe that children are entitled to receive a good education regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic background. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation show that the doled out nearly $10 million for a variety of charities and causes. All total, about 26% of the DeVoses donations go toward education. Recently, the foundation funded former CNN anchor Campbell Brown’s The Partnership For Education with $400,000. The nonprofit helps children of limited means. DeVos has also given $150,000 to the Success Academy Charter School.
Betsy DeVos says it was always her goal to help all children secure a better education. After she graduated from college, she wasted no time studying the state’s educational system. “There were a lot of cracks and a great deal of things I saw was unfair,” said DeVos.
Betsy DeVos, like her husband, came from a background of wealth and influence. Her father was the billionaire industrialist Edgar Prince. Her husband, Dick, is the son of Amway founder Richard DeVos. Although both lived privileged lives, they learned the value of paying it forward at a very young age.
DeVos has always been a big player in Michigan politics. Before her appointment with the Trump campaign, she was the chairperson of the state of Michigan board of education. She also played a huge role in her husband’s 2006 gubernatorial run to unseat incumbent Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Although the race grew close in the last weeks, DeVos lost by 8 points.
DeVos says she will continue to give through her foundation as long as the need is there. In her role as Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos vows to continue to make education accessible for all Americans. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.com.