Betsy DeVos a Philanthropist, Politician and Business Woman with a Heart of Giving

Betsy DeVos, the current Secretary of Education in the United States, is a renowned philanthropists and politician who hails from the state of Michigan. Betsy developed a passion for philanthropy because she comes from a family of philanthropists. Her parents founded the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation. Betsy continued with her philanthropic works even after being married to Dick DeVos. Together the two established the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation which has turned out to be one of the world’s largest foundations that are involved in a wide range of philanthropic works and has donated billions of dollars towards charitable causes. The DeVos’s has made giving part of their culture, and their children have also started emulating their parents. In 2009 Rick DeVos her son founded ArtPrize which is an international art competition that is held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A larger Portion of the ArtPrize budget is funded by Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.

The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation lifetime contribution are estimated to be over 130 million dollars. The foundation has made donations towards charitable causes mostly in the education sector and religious sector. The Foundation was listed at position 24 on the Forbes list of America’s Top Givers.

Dick and Betsy DeVos being conservatives and staunch Christians have directed most of their foundation’s resources towards areas and institutions that hold similar beliefs as theirs. Just recently the Foundation donated 750, 000 dollars to the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy. Besides, the Foundation has largely contributed to several institutions that help advance the views of conservative students across the country. Betsy DeVos has been involved in a couple of charitable activities in her hometown Michigan and among them; she donated over 200,000 dollars to two Christian schools which are under The Potters House. The funds were to help support the needy children from low income families get the best quality of Christian education.

The larger chunk of DeVos Foundation Donations has gone towards Christian organizations while the rest has been distributed to hospitals, health research, and arts organizations among others.

DeVos besides giving has also served in a couple of charitable organizations such as the Action Institute where she served as a Board Member and Treasurer. DeVos in 2004 was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts a position he held until 2010. DeVos together with her husband donated 22.5 million dollars to the Kennedy Center in 2010.


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