Why Betsy and Dick Give So Much to Support Education Reform

Betsy Devos is the US Secretary of Education. She is well known as an activist and a philanthropist. She has been active in politics for three and a half decades. She has been elected to the Republican Party in Michigan four times. She is married to Dick Devos, who is a well known businessman, philanthropist, politician, and activist. She was born in and grew up in Holland, Michigan, with the maiden name of Prince. Her family was also a well known philanthropic family. She attended Holland Christian High School, and she then graduated from Calvin College with a degree in business economics. Her husband, Dick, used to be the Chief Executive Officer of Amway. She has been active in politics for a while. She raised more than one hundred and fifty thousand dollars for George Bush when he was running for reelection. She is also the chairwomen of Windquest Group.

 

Betsy and Dick set up a foundation in 1989 that they have used to donate thousands of dollars to philanthropy. They give to causes that they care about. They place a large emphasis on education. They care about their community and have helped fund various schools in their community. In one year, they gave out more than ten million dollars to various organizations. Betsy’s wife, Dick, also comes from a family that gives away a lot of money to charity. Her husband’s father was the co-founder of Amway. He and his sons, including Dick, gave out one hundred and four million dollars collectively in the year 2015 alone. This is why they were placed on Forbes Top Givers list. In fact, over their lifetime, it is estimated that they gave out around one and a third billion dollars to charity, which is a quarter of their entire net worth.

 

Over a quarter of Betsy’s donations were made to support education. Three million dollars were given to support education in the year 2015 alone. In addition, they gave another three percent of their donations to groups that support education reform.

 

Education reform has always been a top priority for Betsy Devos. She believes that children should have the ability to choose which school they will go to. Some children do not do well in the public school system. They may fare better in private schools. Since the private schools are giving these kids a robust education in all subjects that they are required to learn, the government should give tax breaks or financial support and vouchers for these schools. This will promote school choice and will lead to a better education for thousands of students. Because of Betsy’s activism in the realm of education, she was chosen by Donald Trump for her position.

 

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