Betsy DeVos is both a beacon and an example for those striving to make a difference in America and around the world as a leader for others to follow. She has spent most of her adult career in giving back to communities and to her country. She is a true patriot as well as a philanthropic icon. Together with her husband, Dick DeVos, they have been involved in many charitable organizations, especially those geared toward education. They have also both been chairpersons as well as have established multiple foundations or organizations. Betsy has been involved in politics, education, and the arts. Her contribution of time and money to the many organizations and foundations have affected many lives during her lifetime, and will continue to perpetuate for decades to come.
Betsy and her husband formed a charitable foundation in 1989 called the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Through dbdvfoundation.org, the couple have donated millions of dollars over the years to help various groups such as education, charter schools, arts and many other causes. Betsy has aided in donating over $139 million since the foundations inception. One aspect of the couples charitable donations have also gone toward various Christian causes and Christian schools, yet another avenue of the couples strong advocacy of education. Betsy, through the DeVos foundation is very involved in how their donations are used, rather than simply giving away the money. She and Dick helped ensure that, through their donations to the Kennedy Center, the money was used to help develop human capital and help train the leaders who run such a facility. This demonstrated that Betsy DeVos is concerned in the aspects of the organizations to which they donate their charitable goods.
Before she started her long career of giving back and donating time and money, Betsy attended college and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Political Science from Calvin College. During her college years she became active in politics through campus politics. Her education helped prepare her for her career in politics including serving as the head of the Michigan Republican Party, a role she was elected to four times. She has also been involved in many political campaigns and played many roles in those campaigns. Betsy’s professional career has also seen great success as she is the former Chairman of The Windquest Group, which was a privately held investment firm. Betsy’s career has culminated in her appointment to serve as the Secretary of Education for the United States, a role that she began serving on February 7, 2017. Her life and career have not only set a new standard for women, but also for Americans to reach new heights.