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Betsy DeVos is well known for her generosity to charitable organizations, educational centers, churches, hospitals, and politics among others. Her family, led by her father in law, Rich DeVos, is among the top givers in the United States, which explains why giving is so natural for her. Betsy is also known for her bravery in fighting for equal educational rights. Her dedication to educational reforms led her to be appointed as the 11th United States Secretary of Education.


Involvement in Politics


Since her school days in the late 70s, Betsy DeVos is known to be actively involved in politics. It is at the Michigan’s Calvin College that her passion in politics was birthed as she participated in the institute’s political activities. She joined the Republican Party after completing her studies in business economics in the late 70s. She went on to serve for the party in Michigan as a local precinct delegate and later the Republican National Committeewoman. She showcased excellent leadership capabilities that saw her be elected as the Republican Party Chairwoman in Michigan in 1996 and a re-election to the same post in 2003. Through the years, Betsy was at the forefront in rallying for funds for the party’s political activities and candidates support. One of the remarkable fundraiser that she conducted raised more than 150000 dollars. The funds went to fund the re-election campaign of George W. Bush in 2004. Her family alone has given more than 17 million dollars to the Republican Party since 1989.


Educational Matters


Betsy DeVos is very passionate about every child in the United States accessing quality education. She believes that money should not be a hindrance for children of all walks to achieve their dreams. Betsy has always been at the forefront in advocating for charter schools and school vouchers. Her dedication led her to launch platforms, such as the Alliance for School Choice and the All Children Matter that have been instrumental in her causes. She has also been involved with the Great Lakes Education Project, the American Educational Reform Council and the Foundation for Excellence in Education among others.


The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation


In 1989, Betsy teamed up with her husband Dick DeVos to start the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Their reason for the move was to launch a foundation that they would use to influence change in leadership in areas that affect the people including education, healthcare, arts, and justice among others. Almost thirty years later, the couple has stood to their mission having supported numerous organizations. They include Michigan’s Foundation for Traditional Values, Grand Rapids Christian High School Association, the Center for Individual Rights, and Acton Institute among others. Betsy DeVos’ giving goes beyond monetary to advisory and leadership services. She has served on the boards of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Neurocore among others.


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