Betsy DeVos is a businesswoman, philanthropist, and the Secretary of Education for the United States. She grew up in Holland, Michigan where she learned to appreciate the benefits that educational choice can offer. She attended the private Christian college Calvin College and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics. She became very involved with the politics on the campus and has continued her interest in politics ever since. In Michigan, she served as the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party for 6 years and has been a mega-donor to the GOP for years.
Betsy DeVos has always been unusually generous, and her husband, Dick DeVos, and herself started up the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in order to facilitate their giving. Many people have found it ironic how much press her political donations have received while her charitable giving has been largely ignored. In 2015, the combined giving of her husband and herself added up to more than $11 million, which was more than two times the amount of money they donated to politics over the last half decade.
Betsy DeVos has chosen to focus a lot of her financial support on the educational sector and has helped many families in the meantime. In 2015, her foundation donated more than $3 million to educational causes, which continues a trend that has seen her donate millions over the years the educational sector. She has donated large sums of money to the Potter’s House Christian School and has also donated money to pay for the tuitions of kids who wanted to go to the school. She did so because many of the families who live in the area where the school exists can’t afford to send their kids their; even though they want to.
Betsy DeVos has been troubled by the fact that many American families can’t afford to send their children to a school they choose. Instead of seeing their children being served by the educational system of the United States, many families feel like their children are being harmed. Schools in the nation have become increasingly dangerous and hostile and children are having a hard time learning in this atmosphere. Betsy DeVos believes that Americans deserve better and has fought her heart out to see educational choice become more widespread. While her political opponents continue to resist passing legislation that would benefit American families, she continues to donate money to help then and fight for their educational rights.
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