Making a Difference: Philanthropy in Motion
Betsy DeVos, one of the great reformers of our time, has led and participated in party organizations, campaigns and political action committees. In addition, she served for six years as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. During her time at Calvin College, she undertook part of her vocation and participated in politics actively during this time.
Reform: A Family Characteristic
We have seen this willingness to reform as a family characteristic. In fact, Dick DeVos, Betsy’s husband, ran for public office as the Governor of Michigan in 2006. Both in business and in politics, the DeVoses seek out the most innovative solutions to resolve difficult social problems. Betsy works as the chairman of the Windquest Group, which is a multi-company operating group, and they invest in technology. In 1989, Betsy founded the firm with her husband Dick DeVos, who was also the previous president of Amway. Another noteworthy fact is how Dick DeVos used to be the former president of the Orlando Magic NBA franchise.
Pushing Reform Where It Countslt
Mrs. DeVos doesn’t shrug away from the big problems. In fact, she has actively pursued reform in a wide variety of non-profit roles. She resides as the chairman of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. In fact, they have given away more than $94 million in 2014 alone. Why do they give away so much money? The giving primarily goes to West Michigan, and sometimes the giving has been influenced by some of the DeVos passions. For example, in 2014, 48 percent was given to education, 27 percent to health and community services, 13 percent to churches and 12 percent was given over to the arts and culture. DeVos’s have sponsored education in the community especially because they believe it leads to a higher quality of life.
Mrs. DeVos says she has never felt more optimistic about her role in the schools today. She says she has helped with 250,000 students from 33 different publicly funded and private-choice schools. This continued movement keeps accelerating in its growth, and in fact, the program grew 40,000 students in the last year alone. Educational choice has enormous popularity. In particular, the Latino group loves it. Unfortunately, the traditional public school has begun to crash and burn and Mrs. DeVos has made a laborious push at reform and making things much better than they were before. Some of the reforms include tax credits, vouchers and education savings accounts. Learn more: http://www.betsydevos.com/policy-involvement/