The recently appointed United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos is known for various philanthropic activities including education activism and to promote arts and culture. She thinks that education makes man and the community better, and she thinks that everyone should have access to high-quality education irrespective of the area, community or financial status of the parents. She is a strong proponent of the quality of education and thinks that the quality has gone down over the years. She has put forwarded few action plans that are aimed to improve the quality of education to help the children to follow the great American dream. It includes the school of choice – an option to choose the school according to parents’ wish and charter system of schooling – an option to give greater autonomy for the schools apart from the public school system. Her other suggestions include school vouchers – a type of discount vouchers for students from the government funding and school grading system – an option to grade each public and private schools according to its performance.
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She is also focused on other philanthropic activities as well. She set up a foundation with her husband Dick DeVos named Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation to contribute to various causes. They have contributed $139 million until the date, and in the year 2015 alone they made contributions worth $11.6 million. It should be noted that their five-year political contributions are just standing at $5.5 million. Apart from education, they contribute to arts, justice, community, and leadership. Many of the organizations including Center for Individual Rights, Institute for Justice, Acton Institute, Baptists for Life, etc., have received the contributions from them. To promote arts, DeVos family instituted ArtPrize in 2009, an international art and culture competition held every year in Grand Rapids. She is appointed to the board of Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, an arts center for dance, theater, orchestral, ballet, etc. Both of them have established Betsy and Dick DeVos Scholars for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Scholarship at Northwood University, and it is for BBA students of the institution or combined BBA/MBA graduates.
Earlier, she completed her graduation in Bachelor of Arts from Calvin College located in Grand Rapids. Betsy DeVos is a Republican Party follower and was active in many fundraising programs for the party along with philanthropy. When it comes to business, she is the chairwoman of the Windquest Group, an investment firm with holdings in clean energy, technology, and manufacturing. Betsy is also a board member and chief investor of Neurocore along with her husband. It is an institution focusing on providing biofeedback therapy to improve the brain power, to counter attention deficit disorder, anxiety, depression, and autism.
Visit Betsy’s website at betsydevos.com