I recently read a very interesting article highlighting just some of the giving of our Secretary of Education, Mrs. Betsy DeVos. While I pat myself handsomely on the back for making my annual Christmas donations of a few hundred dollars, it is incredibly moving to see how as Betsy DeVos’s fortune has grown she only continues to increase her level of giving. It is also a wonderful thing to see the wide variety of sectors that the DeVos Family Foundation is contributing to and how much those funds are making a real difference. For many of these charities, the DeVos Family Foundation is their largest donor and those annual contributions are doing incredible things for these worthy groups. Below is a brief recap of the information I found for Betsy DeVos’s philanthropic giving.
Educational Philanthropy: How Our Education Secretary Goes the Extra Mile
Mrs. DeVos is clearly passionate about education including school choice. The Foundation gave $100,000 to the Alliance for School Choice which helps create additional options for families to select a school for their child outside of merely the one that they happen to live in. She is also very passionate about charter schools. In 2015 the DeVos Foundation donated $150,000 to Success Academy Charter Schools and also has made pledges for ongoing future donations. Another $50,000 was donated to Jeb Bush’s group the Foundation for Excellence in Education of which Mrs. DeVos has previously served on the board for.
In addition to the vast array of work the Foundation does with grade schools, they also contribute heavily to multiple colleges. Betsy DeVos is especially passionate about Arts Management and many of their donations centralize around it. For example, they donated $500,000 to the Arts management institute at the University of Maryland which actually has an Arts Management building named after the DeVos’s. They also donate to multiple other universities including Davenport University, Rollins College, Calvin College, Wake Forest and Grand Rapids Community College.
Additionally Betsy DeVos is an avid supporter of many non-profits outside of the education sector. She served on the board and is a major contributor to the Center for the Performing Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center as well as Boy Scouts of America.
Betsy DeVos is a prime example of how with success can bring the ability to give back handsomley to the philanthropic causes you are passionate about. I always love hearing stories of how people who have earned success are making a difference by empowering others to overcome obstacles and earn their own success. The DeVos Family Foundation keeps on giving and gives me hope for our country’s education system under her leadership as U.S. Secretary of State.
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