Betsy DeVos has already made history happen many times throughout her career as a political figure, businesswoman, and a philanthropist. As an active reformer, Betsy DeVos has already fought for justice, the right to education and led many political committees promoting a better world and solutions for many of American’s social problems. All of her philanthropic work was done without the visioning of profit. She was chairman and participant in many foundations and groups like the multi-company Windquest Group, which she founded with her husband, Dick DeVos, where they had the intention of promoting clean energy usage and investment in technology for a sustainable future. She is also a chairman of the American Federation for Children (AFC), which is a leading advocacy group for schools to fight for their interests, where she is leading a fight against the current educational system and its flaws. Check this article from New York Post.
Her passion for children and the urge in leading the American education to a better ground has brought her to the spotlights many times when promoting the idea of parents being able to raise their kids in private schools with public funding. The idea of fighting for a better education started when she and her husband visited the Potter’s House Christian School. There, they would see kids whose parents were doing everything they could to offer a good education to their kids, with the low income they had. In that time, they both decided they could help fight that cause with their own resources. They’ve been supporting for years now many schools like the Christian school Potter’s House. They decided to help this cause because, as a mother of two kids who were in school as well, she felt that parents should be able to put their kids in schools of fair quality even if they had low income. She has since served in charity foundations that had the desire as well to expand the educational system to another level: The Foundation for Excellence in Education and Kids Hope USA. Betsy and her husband founded the “All Children Matter” with the intention of leading that fight in promoting the famous “school vouchers” with would give more options for schools to kids in all of the United States. Although the fight didn’t succeed in all states, Betsy saw great results especially in Florida, which is now the state with the widest educational choice, as well as great success in Louisiana and Indiana.
In the political side, Betsy Devos has participated in campaigns about reforming the education system since she started serving the Republican National Committee, in 1992. The main reason for her title of philanthropist began when she founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. This is the foundation where she and her husband has had the most influential impact on the fight for a better education. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.