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The Leading funder: Betsy DeVos – a Philanthropist, a businesswoman and a political reformer

Betsy DeVos is not a new name in the world of American education and charity. She is a reformer, a trendsetter and has an eye for an innovative solution to social problems. Betsy has been a great leader, not only in the field of education but other areas of business and politics as well.

Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos grew up in Michigan, was the daughter of billionaire industrialists Edgar and Elza Prince. She completed her schooling from Holland Christian High School and later graduated from Catvin College of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree. During her vocational years, Betsy was actively involved in campus politics and has been part of politics ever since.

Betsy got married to Dick DeVos who served as a former president of Amway and Orlando Magic group. In the year 1989, Mrs. DeVos along with her husband Richard DeVos founded a company “Windquest Group.” The privately held group aims at providing its customer with the best in class products and services. Despite being attached to such an esteemed organization, DeVos still thrives on being a reformist by playing a variety of non-profit roles.

She is currently an active Chairman of the Dick and Betsy DeVos family foundation that is involved in wide range of charitable activities. Betsy, along with her husband has always worked to improve American education and focused on providing educational choice programs to students.

Betsy DeVos has been part of various campaigns in the last 30 years. Apart from this, Mrs. DeVos has led many party organizations as well as political action committees. In the duration of 30 years, she even served as a Chairman of Michigan Republican Party.

Related article: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/01/31/512507538/under-devos-heres-how-school-choice-might-work

Being committed to charitable services, Betsy DeVos has served in numerous headship roles in many charitable organizations. She currently leads the American Federation for Children and The Philanthropy Roundtable board of directors.

Over the years, the billionaire couple has given millions of dollars through their charitable foundation. In a recent financial report, Betsy and Dick DeVos donated more than $10 million dollars to various organizations, and this doesn’t end here. The couple has decided to donate another $3.3 million dollars in scholarships that would be paid in the upcoming year.

The philanthropic work of Betsy and Dick DeVos has been extensive over the decades. The family is ranked as the leading funder in the recent years. The money doled over the years has not only helped some of the leading organizations and think tanks, but has also parallelly supported political parties. The DeVos family support is not only limited to politics and education. The foundation even supports healthcare and arts.

To sum it up, Betsy DeVos exemplary work in the last 35 years is the reason for her appointment as the Secretary of Education in Trump’s administration.

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