Betsy DeVos: A Lifetime Spent Involved In Charitable Givving

Newly appointed Secretary of Education of the United States Betsy DeVos has been involved with philanthropic giving her entire life. Her parents gave generously to a wide variety of causes through their philanthropic organization the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation. To Betsy DeVos, giving to the less fortunate or to causes you want to support came naturally. When she married heir to the Amway fortune Dick DeVos, they created the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. Through the foundation Betsy DeVos has helped to give over $130 million to charity.Through the DeVos Foundation, Betsy DeVos donates money to support hospitals, health research, the arts, education, community development, leadership and many other areas. In fact, the DeVos Family Foundation is in the top 25 of the America’s Top Givers list compiled by Forbes magazine. For Betsy DeVos that’s not a big deal.

Charity is one of the tenets of the Christian faith in which she was raised. And she loves being able to help others and gives generously not only of her money, but her time and energy as well. It’s just part of who she is as a person.Born and raised in Holland, Michigan, Betsy DeVos is a mother of four. She has always been passionate about ensuring her children got the best education possible. DeVos also wants the same thing for all other American children. To help to make this possible, she has given generously to educational causes and organizations involved in improving educational services and access to better education for children. Betsy DeVos has worked on the grassroots level all the way up to the legislative level to try her best to help children be able to fulfill their potential by helping them get a quality education.Arts education is also very important to Betsy DeVos. She was appointed to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts board of director in 2004 by President George Bush.

But lending her time and her voice to the improvement of arts education wasn’t enough for Betsy DeVos. She and her husband donated $22.5 million to the organization. It was the biggest private donation the Kennedy Center had ever received. In an effort to teach art managers and others to better fund and manage cultural institutions, Betsy DeVos helped to found the DeVos Institute of Arts Management.And Betsy DeVos continues to be committed to giving charitable donations in support of positive causes. She’s created scholarship funds to help needy students pay for their education. DeVos has also given a great deal of money to organizations to help improve access to quality healthcare in communities throughout Michigan and nationwide. Betsy DeVos sees helping others as a sacred duty.

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