Betsy Devos is a woman with a heart of steel and the courage of a lion. Many obstacles have been placed on her path but she has remained focused on helping reform the American educational system. As the secretary of education, the criticism has intensified, and she has become accustomed to scrutiny. Hailing from one of the richest family in the US, Betsy is used to such attention especially due to the political donations that her family makes. Moreover, the family is known for its donations to the non-profit organizations around the world. Betsy Devos has been married to Dick Devos for over three decades. During this period, Betsy and her husband have made donations of over $130 million to non-profit organizations.
According to reports obtained from Internal Revenue Service by the Forbes Magazine, the Devos family has spent a quarter of their wealth with the less fortunate in the society. With an estimated wealth of $5.6 billion, the family has made donations of over $1.5 billion. During the nomination process to be secretary of education, it was revealed that Betsy Devos and her family made contributions of over $12 million in the year 2015. These donations were made through the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation. In all these donations, Betsy is known to involve her children.
According to experts, donations made by the Devos are geared towards certain causes such as education. In fact, 26 percent of the donations go to education with another 3 percent going to small groups that support education reform in the United States. According to Betsy Devos, she became involved with transforming the educational sector as she felt that the current system was not helping American children fulfill the American dream. She also felt that children from the marginalized areas were in a disadvantaged position and could not realize their potential. Despite all the challenges facing the current system, Betsy Devos acknowledges the teachers and administrators who have devoted their life to changing the current system.
Experts also say that the donations made by Betsy Devos also focus on culture and arts that take 21 percent of the share. Other beneficiaries of her donations are churches, health, and human services, leadership and development as well as public policy and the community. Schools that have benefited from donations made by Betsy Devos include John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Rehoboth Christian School, West Michigan Aviation Academy as well as Ferris State University.
The things that Betsy Devos stands for when it comes to the education center is Christian motivation, school choice, school vouchers and the grading system. As a business woman, Betsy Devos has been involved with Windquest Group as the chairwoman. She was also involved in the production of a stage play called Scandalous.
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