For many years Betsy DeVos has been at the front line to champion for the educational reforms in the United States. Betsy began involved in leadership role way back at Calvin College when she ventured into campus politics, and has remained active ever since. Together with her husband, Dick DeVos, they have channeled millions of dollars for charity mainly targeting learning institution in Grand Rapids and surrounding areas. Recently, she was interviewed by Philanthropy magazine about her financial contributions, and the impact they had on the targeted communities.
Charitable Initiatives Spearheaded by Betsy DeVos
Through her financial donations, Betsy’s goal is to empower parents by providing them with educational options that can benefit their kids. She has been targeting less fortunate children who are unable to access quality education because of their family backgrounds. Having witnessed how parents struggle to send their kids to school, Betsy decided to play an important role of advocating for quality education program among all American children. Today, Betsy and her husband have established a movement that has approximately 250,000 children who are sponsored in both private and public programs across 17 states. During the interview, Betsy confirmed that the movement is showing positive growth, as the number of student expanded by approximately 40,000 within one year.
The educational choice program that is supported by Betsy DeVos is very popular, particularly among the Latinos. She believes that public schools are not performing, and some of them are actually failing. Her commitment to helping children from low income families started when they sent their kids to school. She created a foundation that offered scholarships to kids from low income backgrounds, but they realized the idea was not solving the real problem. Many parents did not get the scholarship they intended, meaning that their kids were not able access education they deserved. That was the time Betsy started to focus more on educational-choice program.
Brief Life History of Betsy DeVos
Early this year, Betsy DeVos was nominated by the President of United States to serve as the secretary of education for the new government. On February 7, 2017, the senate confirmed her nomination and she began her role as the secretary of education. Her role of championing for educational reforms in the United States played critical role of providing her with opportunity to serve in that position. Before she was confirmed, Betsy served as the chair of an investment firm, The Windquest Group, a company she founded with her husband Dick. Betsy is a bachelors of arts degree holder from Calvin College. As a result of her engagement with several charitable organizations, she has served in some of the boards as a way of showing commitment to the reforms she has always advocated. Check this article from New York Post.