The Work and Financial Giving of Betsy DeVos

Typically, when I think of politicians, I think of people who don’t really care about giving back to the community. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Betsy DeVos is ethical and actually gives a lot. For example, Betsy DeVos and her family have donated an impressive $1 billion so far. Actually, just a few years ago in 2013 they gave $90 million. Perhaps even more interesting is the breakdown of the percentages of what they’ve given. Half went to educational causes. About 13% went to faith institutions, 25% to health and community services, and a nice 12% to the arts. Follow Betsy DeVos on

DeVos pioneered a program that helped kids in lower income communities increase their attendance rate by 30%. I wish that kind of help was available in my local community. Through her partnership with faith organizations, she helped people access basic shelter and food needs, have showers, get hired and even get their driver’s license, as well as other basic needs that many of us take for granted. Take, for instance, the case of Mel Trotter. She was homeless but thanks to the help of Betsy DeVos she was able to turn her life into a success story just 40 days later. DeVos is also a co-chair on the board of the Education Freedom Fund, and that has been since way back in 1993. This seems like a proper background for someone who is the Secretary of Education. This program helps kids in Michigan get scholarship money. And if that isn’t enough, when the Children’s Scholarship Fund offered up $7.5 million, she matched every penny of it with her own money. It’s not often you find someone willing to do that.

DeVos also supported Kids First which assists parents in getting credits for taxes when they want more choices for their children’s education. Together with her husband Dick, Betsy DeVos has done so much for education and children, including Children First America, Choices for Children, and American Education Reform Council. Furthermore, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation helps hospitals. There are a number of success stories in which students had help from the DeVos family to go to higher education. Examples include getting their MA, MS, and even MBA degrees. If they are involved in some kind of startup or other business, there are funds available for that too. Finally, what really struck me as great about Betsy DeVos is that she helped to revitalize Detroit by bringing young people together with career politicians and business leaders to discuss solutions to common community problems that affect everybody. Imagine the next generation of young people, having better education, choices, and the experience to bring goodness into the new innovations and solutions they come up with.

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