Apart from the millions of dollars that DeVos family has donated to the Republican candidates in the country, Betsy and her husband Dick has given millions of dollars to different charitable institutions and causes. They make charities through their charitable foundation that they set up in 1989. It is through her choice of donations that one can easily see why she was the top choice for the Education Secretary post by President Donald Trump.
In 2015 alone, Betsy DeVos and Dick DeVos Family Foundation shelled out $10 million to different institutions and also pledged more $3.2 million grants that will be paid out in the near future. The biggest contribution went to former CNN Campbell Brown to launch her education website, the 74. She also donated the same amount to Brown’s non-profit organization, The Partnership for Educational Justice. The foundation gave $150,000 to Success Academy Charter Schools and had approved $150,000 for future payments. A Christian school in Grand Rapids, the Potter’s House, also received $200,000. Betsy was the board member of the American Federation for Children and stepped down when the President appointed her as the Education Secretary. The couple donated $100,000 to non-profit Alliance for School Choice that works in close collaboration with this foundation.
Betsy also made donations to many conservative organizations such as Institute for Justice and Intercollegiate Studies Institute Inc. Betsy DeVos is dedicated to bringing reforms to the education system in the country, and this is the reason why she has donated to many colleges and universities. The biggest contribution went to University of Maryland College Park Foundation, and they received $500,000. Other schools that received generous amount were School of Missionary Aviation Technology, Ferris State University, Davenport University, Rollins College and more.
Betsy DeVos was the choice of President Donald Trump for Education Secretary in November 2016, and the Senate voted to confirm her appointment on 7th February 2017. She was born in 1958 and raised in Holland. She was active in politics from her 20s but did not hold any elected office. She has spent years advocating for school vouchers programs. She was Republican National Committee for Michigan from 1992 to 1997. She was then appointed the chairperson of the Republican Party in Michigan from 1996 to 2000 and again in 2003 for two more years.
Betsy is married to Dick DeVos Jr., the son of Dick DeVos Sr., who is the co-founder of the Amway and owner of Orlando Magic. They have four children together, two daughters, Elissa and Andrea; and two sons, Rick and Ryan. Even after being from one of the wealthiest family in Michigan, Betsy and Dick ensured that they donate to the causes they believed in and did so with great commitment.