Betsy DeVos: A Generous Educationist

Introduction

Taking into account her philanthropic contribution, educational endeavors and personal background, this article envisages a pellucid picture of Betsy DeVos both as a person and a generous educationist. In a subtle appreciation and acknowledgment of her decades-long fruitful involvement in the educational sector, Betsy DeVos was nominated as his Education Secretary by President Trump in February 2017. She now heads the U.S. Department of Education as the 11th U.S. secretary of education. Born to a mother who was a public school teacher, Betsy DeVos inherited the penchant for quality education for children, a yearning which further enhanced when she had her own kids. She then spent next thirty years of her life for the betterment of education system and for the better education for children throughout the U.S. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.

Betsy DeVos’ Philanthropic Endeavors

Betsy DeVos is an ardent proponent of education reforms. In her capacity as a reformer of education, over the last three decades, she has been engaging in multifarious eleemosynary activities to realize the reforms in the education system of the U.S. She heads her family’s charitable foundation, Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, which the family had established in 1989. Since its founding, the Foundation has doled out colossal sums to schools and other educational enterprises. In 2015 alone, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation funneled more than $10 million to a wide array of organizations associated with education. Some of the organizations that received charity from the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation in 2015 are as under:

To help launch The 74, an education site led by former CNN anchor Campbell Brown, the Foundation approved $400,000 in charity for Loudspeaker Media Inc. The foundation also gave $400,000 to The Partnership for Educational Justice, another non-profit organization led by Campbell Brown.

The Success Academy Charter Schools were given $150,000 by the Foundation. The Foundation also approved an equal amount of money to be given in future. The Foundation also granted $5000 to GREAAT Schools, Inc., which is a school management company.

The Foundation funneled another $100,000 into Alliance for School Choice, a non-profit organization that works in close association with the American Federation. The Foundation for Excellence in Education was given $50,000 by Dick and Betsy DeVos.

In addition, several colleges and universities also received sums in the form of charity by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. For instance, University of Maryland College Park Foundation received $50,000, Ferris State University received $113,000, Rollins College received $50,000 and Calvin College received $35000.

Conclusion

Betsy DeVos’ philanthropic and financial efforts to reform and ensure quality education have shouldered by her participatory activism. She sat at the chair of American Federation for Children, invested her energies in the educational choice movement and remained a part of boards of numerous national and local charitable and civic organizations. Betsy DeVos’ three-decade-long association with and expertise in education management makes her appointment as the Secretary of State for Education a resounding confirmation of an enviable future for education in the U.S. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.