BETSY DEVOS, THE EDUCATION REFORMIST, AND POLITICIAN

Elisabeth Betsy DeVos is an American business woman, politician, and philanthropist. She was born on the 8th of January 1958.she is the secretary of education in the trump regime. Edgar Prince, the founder of Prince Corporation, is her father and she is a sister to Erick Prince, the founder of Blackwater formerly of the Navy Seal. Betsy DeVos is the wife to Mr. Dick DeVos the former CEO of Amway, a marketing company.

Mrs. DeVos is a member of the Republican Party and served for five years as the Republican National Committee chairwoman representing Michigan. On top of that, she was the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and served for four years from 2996 to 2000 before being re-elected in the same capacity three years later. Betsy DeVos is well-known being on the forefront of school choice, the plans on school vouchers, charter school systems and her links to the Reformed Christian Community. Apart from serving as a member of the Board of Excellence in Education Foundation, she served as the chair of the Board of Alliance for School of Choice and Action Institute besides being the head of All Children Matter PAC.

Together with her husband Dick, they started a family foundation in 1989. According to the report on their website, the giving’s to the foundation are incited on faith and based on leadership development, fostering transformation and helping in five main areas that include; education, society, arts, leadership and justice. In 2015, the DeVos Foundation reached $139 million; this is after they made an additional $11.6 million in charity. The 2015 Forbes list ranked the DeVos Foundation at no. 24 on the list of top donors in America.

Private schools and Christian Organizations are the primary focus of the DeVos Foundation. Nearly $ 100 million has been donated by the Foundation between years 1999 and 2014. Christian groups received half of that amount. Michigan’s Foundation; Focus on Family, Center for Individual Rights; the Institute for Action; the Institute for Justice; the Pregnancy Resource Center; Right to Life Foundation in Michigan and the Baptist for Life; make the list of top beneficiaries of the DeVos Foundation. In 2009, the DeVos family started Art Prize a global completion that is based on art and are held at Michigan’s Grand Rapids. Follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.com

During the reelection of Bush campaign, Mrs. DeVos raised more than $150 000. She took part in various projects when she served for two years as the chairperson of finance in the Bush administration. When it comes to politics and the Republican Party, the DeVos family has been actively involved and has been the principal donor of the Republican Party candidates. They have spent over $ 17 million to the party since 1989. Through these donations, the DeVos family hoped that the Republican Party wins elections and champion governance while giving priorities to progressive policies.

Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.