Betsy DeVos’ Personal And Philanthropic Life
Besty DeVos is a businesswoman, politician, and philanthropist. Recently, she was appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as the 11th United States Secretary of Education. DeVos has been an active member of the Republican Party. She is known for her strong support and advocacy for ‘school voucher programs,’ ‘charter schools,’ and ‘school choice.’ In addition, Betsy has strong ties with the Reformed Christian community. I believe that she has gained immense experience by serving Republican Party in various positions, including being the Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan and the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party.
Mrs. Devos was born in Holland, Michigan on January 8, 1958. Her birth name was Elizabeth Prince. She is the daughter of Edgar Prince, the founder of Prince Corporation. The company’s successful automobile parts supply business saw her father become wealthy. He rose past the billion-dollar-net-worth mark. As she grew up, DeVos was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Later, she joined the Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids where she served as an elder. The daughter of an industrialist billionaire married Richard Marvin ‘Dick’ DeVos Jr, the son of Richard Marvin DeVos Sr. The DeVos Family is one of the wealthiest families in Michigan. It is my belief that the family accumulated most of their wealth from the Amway Corporation, which was founded by DeVos Sr. As a member of the DeVos Family, Betsy has been involved in several political funding. She made her first significant financial contribution in 2004. Her donations were directed towards funding President Bush’s reelection bid. According to experts, she contributed more than $150,000. As part of the DeVos Family, Betsy has been part of donations totaling more than $17 million made directly to Republican candidates and the national Republican Party. In last year’s elections, she donated money to Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina’s campaigns. Later, she funded Marco Rubio’s campaigns. I think that these donations made her family one of the largest contributors to the party and its causes.
It is my view that because of her wealth and willingness to help the less fortunate, Mrs. DeVos has been able to engage in dozens of non-profit and advocacy activities. She made her first public donations through The Prince Foundation. Betsy also served as the foundation’s vice-president. In 1989, the businesswoman and her husband launched the Dick & Betsy Devos Family Foundation. This foundation aims at bringing changes to the society through arts, community education, justice, and leadership. By the end of 2015, the couple had donated over $139 million through the foundation. This saw the family rise to the top of Forbes’ list of America’s charitable givers. The family was ranked 24th in 2015. Betsy loves art. She served on the board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Art between 2004 and 2010. She donated $22.5 million to the Center. Moreover, Betsy and her family founded the ArtPrize. This open competition for artists from around the world is held at Grand Rapids, Michigan.