Betsy DeVos’ Philanthropy and Efforts to Reform Public Education in the US

Betsy DeVos has been active in the US political scene for more than 30 years. She is the US education secretary and has held this position since February 2017. Betsy has been doing a fantastic job in this position. She has visited many private, public and charter schools in various parts of the US to try and understand what issues they are facing so that she and other people in positions of influence can forge the way forward for the US education system.


Betsy is mainly interested in children from low-income families. She therefore believes that by privatizing public education, the quality of education that such children have access to will be better. Thus, they will have a chance to compete on a level ground with more privileged children.


She has held several high-profile positions over the course of her political career. She was the national committeewoman for the Republican Party in Michigan. She also chaired the Michigan Republican party a couple of times and chairs the Alliance for School Choice board. She serves on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and heads the All Children Matter PAC.


Philanthropic Activities


Besides her political career, Betsy has been active in her community. She is a former chairlady of the Philanthropy Roundtable, an American-based organization that works with donors and legislators to fulfill various philanthropic causes around the country. Betsy also co-chairs with her husband, the celebrated Dick and Betsy Family Foundation. The foundation supports a number of educational programs in Michigan (including School Choice, Education Freedom Fund, and West Michigan Aviation academy) and provides scholarships to needy students to attend private schools. She has also been Grand Rapids Public School’s mentor for 15 years. Her family was also named number 24 on the 2015 Forbes’s list of Top Givers, having contributed more than 11 million dollars in charity in 2015 alone.


Personal Background


Betsy DeVos is married to Dick DeVos, who is a well-known businessman in the US. Together, they founded the Windquest Group in 1989 and they are both top executives in the company. They have made huge contributions to many non-profit organizations, especially those focused on improving public education and promoting the arts in the US.


Betsy is a staunch Christian also and believes religious education should be taught in schools, hence her strong support for Christian schools. She advocates for school choice and believes that children’s parents should be able to choose what schools their children go to and not just have to go to the local school because that is where they reside.




Betsy DeVos believes it is important to invest in quality education in order to ensure that the children are well prepared for the future right from the early stages of education. They need a good foundation so that the later stages of education can be a bit easier for them and so that they can ultimately have better chances of succeeding in life. Betsy will stop at nothing to ensure that the quality of education in the US is improved.


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