For more than three decades, Betsy DeVos has been dedicated to improving the educational world. She has been a part of campaigns, party organizations, and political action committees all centered on this cause. During a recent interview with Philanthropy Roundtable, DeVos shared her thoughts about her philanthropy throughout the years. DeVos shared where this passion came from and why it is important to her to continue to do everything she can to help the education system.
DeVos’s desire to give back began from an event that happened many years ago. DeVos visited the Potter’s House Christian School in Michigan. DeVos became moved by the number of parents were doing everything in their power to have their kids in an environment where w they were learning, and where the atmosphere electric. Determined to help such parents, DeVos would return to the school and began supporting individual students with financial assistance. Despite all of her other endeavors this is something DeVos still does. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com
Betsy DeVos wanted to do more. Her and her family would spend the next few years doing whatever they could to improve education system. Her husband Dick DeVos ran and was elected to State Board of Education in Michigan in 1990. Betsy herself began a scholarship foundation that gave scholarships to low-income families. After realizing the limits to this idea, Betsy began to look for other ways to make a difference. Years later she served on the boards of two national charities, Children First America and the American Education Reform Council. Both of these groups focused on expanding educational choice through vouchers and tax credits. Betsy and her husband even worked to pass Michigan’s first charter-school bill in the early 90’s.
Today Betsy Devos is having perhaps her biggest impact as she serves as the 11th U.S. secretary of education. DeVos has been involved in education for more than three decades. Her interest in education began at a young age when she watched mother work as a public school teacher. Her passion grew even more years later when she saw some of the challenges her own children faced in the education system. For more than 15 years, DeVos worked as a mentor for at-risk children in Michigan Public Schools.
Prior to her current position DeVos has served the nation in many ways. DeVos served as chairman of The Windquest Group for several years. She has also served on the boards of major groups like the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mars Hill Bible Church and the Kendall College of Art and Design. A graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, continues to be committed to improving education. She appears set to continue to make an impact for many years to come.