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Betsy DeVos’ Philanthropy

Betsy DeVos was recently appointed to serve as the Education’s secretary in Trump’s government. Previously, she was known for her advocacy for charter schools and school voucher programs. Her political past also played a big role in her being considered eligible for that position.


Education and Early Life

Betsy is the daughter of Edgar Prince, the founder of Prince Corporation which is the largest supplier for automobile parts in Holland, Michigan. She was raised in Holland, in a Christian background that taught her to be a firm Christian since an early age. Being highly religious, her parents took her to the Holland Christian High School. She passed with good grades and was admitted to Grand Rapids’ Calvin College, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts.

Political Career

Betsy DeVos has always been passionate about politics, since an early age. Since she was in Calvin College, she was involved in the politics of the campus. However, her political career officially began in the year 1982. That was when he joined the Michigan Republican Party. In the year 1986, she was elected as the local precinct delegate for the Michigan Republican Party. He stayed in this position for the next sixteen years. Meaning that she was re-elected eight consecutive times. She also worked as a Republican Party Committeewoman for Michigan for five years, since the year 1992 and as the chairman of the Michigan party since the year 1996 to the year 2000.


Betsy DeVos comes from a very wealthy family and is also married to the wealthiest family in Michigan. With all the wealth, and due to her religious background, she has always found joy in helping the undeserved. She co-founded Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that donates to various charitable courses. The foundation mainly concentrates on education, leadership, arts, community and Justice.

In the year 2009, Betsy DeVos founded ArtPrize. This is an international competition that aims at awarding the best talents in the arts industry. Also, she served on the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts board, where she was appointed by President Bush and she served for 6 years. Following her historical donation of $22.5 million dollars, to the foundation, the center was renamed to DeVos Institute of Arts Management.

Betsy is the biggest advocate for School Choice. She believes that parents should have more choice when it comes to schools that their children attend. With the school choice, there will be more for-profit charter schools. This way, education in America does not have to stay monopolized. She also advocates for school vouchers. The vouchers can be used by students, funded by the public, to attend private schools. Visit to know more about Betsy.

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