Betsy DeVos

Mrs. DeVos has for more than 30 years led various campaigns, committees on political action and party organizations with an experience of chairlady at the Michigan Republican Party. She is a reformer, which is a tendency that seems to run in her family as her husband, Dick DeVos was in 2006 a nominee of the Governor of Michigan for the Republican.

Windquest Group, a multi-group operating company, investing in manufacturing, clean energy, and technology which she founded with her husband in 1989, is served by Besty as the chair. President Donald Trump appointed her as U.S. Secretary of Education due to her school choice advocacy where she was confirmed despite debates on the effects of programs choice in school on public school systems.

Betsy DeVos started her philanthropic journey when she and her husband Dick DeVos had school-going children by visiting the Potter’s House Christian School, which has served low-income families in Gran Rapids for more than 30 years. At the school, they met parents who were working with their might to ensure their kids had an environment conducive for learning, safe, filled with love and that which aroused a child’s curiosity. Betsy and Dick DeVos started by supporting individuals, which later developed into a larger commitment, as of now, the DeVos’ support the Potter’s School at a major level.

Dick DeVos, driven by his philanthropic passion, ran for the State Board of Education in Michigan and was elected in 1990. Besty DeVos took advantage of this opportunity and started a foundation that provided scholarships to low-income families providing parents with a choice of deciding where their kids would attend school.

The Potter’s House ethnic diverse K-12 Christian School with roughly 200 teenagers currently boasts of good teachers, standing desks, classrooms full of new swinging chairs and chrome books, thanks to DeVos who focused much of her attention on the school by contributing incalculable hours of volunteering and hundreds of thousands of dollars. John Booy, now the superintendent of Potter’s House oversaw the school since its inception as a small operation which was volunteer-run.

Arts and Culture is another focus of DeVos, having donated 21% of their charitable giving, they began by supporting Michael Kaiser whose mission was to strengthen arts organizations on the business side by donating 22 million dollars to launch the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, a development he started as president of John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing arts in Washington D.C.

Besty and her husband Dick DeVos are also extending their philanthropic qualities by wanting to intentionally include their children in where they decide to donate their money, where a few years ago, DeVos’ foundation added “family” to emphasize on that approach.

 

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