Elisabeth Dee DeVos is an American investor, politician, and the current Secretary of Education. She was born in 1958 and is married DickDeVos, son of Richard DeVos, a billionaire and co-founder of Amway. Mrs. DeVos has been a Republican Party member and advocate of educational reform for a long time.
DeVos was born to a Dutch family and grew up in Holland, Michigan. She joined Holland Christian School and then Calvin College in Michigan. She graduated in 1979 with a degree in business economics. In college, she was active in campus politics. Her husband, Dick is from one of the wealthiest families in Michigan. Dick has financed various conservative political campaigns. In 2006, he lost the 2006 Michigan gubernatorial election on a Republican Party ticket.
DeVos and the Republican Party
Mrs. DeVos has been an active Republican Party member in Michigan since 1982. For three decades from 1986, she has been elected as a local delegate for the Republican Party in Michigan. Between 1992 and 1997 she was Michigan’s Republican National Committeewoman. She then became the chair of the party in Michigan between 1996 and 2000.
DeVos Charitable Activities
Mrs. DeVos and her husband Dick founded Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. She is the chairman of the foundation. Through the organization, the family has donated tens of millions of dollars. Most of their donations reflect their political opinion and Christian beliefs.
A Summary of DeVos Charitable Activities in 2015
In 2015, Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donated over $10 million and pledged an extra $3.2 million. Various organizations in the education sector benefited. Loudspeaker Media Inc., an educational site by the former anchor at CNN Campbell Brown received $400,000. Another $150,000 was given to Success Academy Charter Schools, with a similar amount approved for future disbursement. GREAAT Schools, Inc. received $5,000.
Besides, the Potter’s House School received $200,000. This Christian school is found in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Alliance for School Choice, a group that collaborates with the American Federation for Children received $100,000. Furthermore, $50,000 was donated to the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Several conservative organizations such as Institute for Justice, the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy, and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Inc. received $750,000, $10,000, and $6,500 respectively. Various colleges and universities were also beneficiaries of this foundation in 2015. The University of Maryland College Park Foundation, the School of Missionary Aviation Technology, Ferris State University, and Davenport University are some the beneficiaries. Several Christian-related education associations have also received a lot of support.
Reasons She Is Interested in Education
Mrs. DeVos’ children were educated at Potter’s House Christian School. It is during this time that they discovered how determined some parents were to have their kids learn in a safe and student-friendly place. This made them start the foundation to help such parents achieve these dreams for their children.
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