The Philanthropic Activities of Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos is among the few renowned American philanthropists who believe in giving to just causes. Over the years, Betsy DeVos has been actively offering not only financial support but also guidance and strategic linking to various organizations throughout the globe. Betsy DeVos, alongside her husband Dick DeVos, chairs the Windquest Group. The Windquest Group has substantial investments in clean energy, technology, and manufacturing. Noticeably, the charitable works of Betsy DeVos and her entire DeVos family are extensive and dates back many decades. The DeVos family ranks, alongside the Koch family as one of the most profound, conservative and influential funders over the past decades.

Betsy DeVos, together with her family has poured significantly many hundreds of millions of dollars into a full spectrum of leadership institutes, think tanks, and legal groups among others. Betsy DeVos has funded various organizations in the state of Michigan as well as outside Michigan. In Michigan alone, the DeVos family has donated over $44 million to politically related efforts. As the latest savviest ideological philanthropists on all dimensions, Betsy DeVos has managed to pull all power levers, which are accrued by the affluent and wealthy. Betsy DeVos’ personal, charitable giving activities are visible in the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which she co-chairs with Dick DeVos, her husband. The family foundation has been profoundly funding various activities in their Grand Rapids area in Michigan.

As an avid advocator for the school choice, Betsy DeVos has steered her family foundation to support the cause in Michigan. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, supports a Michigan charter high school, the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The high school features an aviation theme, which the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids houses. Interestingly, Betsy’s husband, Dick DeVos, established the charter high school in 2010. Betsy DeVos, through her family foundation, supports two separate Christian schools, which are functioned by the Potter’s House. Betsy DeVos additionally provides funding to the Education Freedom Fund that offers scholarships to seemingly needy students to attend private institutions of learning.

Betsy DeVos has been avidly supporting the American Federation for Children (AFC) as well as the Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE). At the AFC, Betsy DeVos serves as the chairperson where she serves alongside influential Americans such as former Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut. FEE is an education think tank, which was founded by Jeb Bush a former Florida Governor, and Betsy DeVos is a board member of the foundation. Betsy DeVos and her family foundation, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, are not limited to school choice giving alone. Betsy also actively supports the arts and healthcare. Her family foundation also supports a Grand Rapids annual art competition, the ArtPrize. At the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Betsy DeVos supports the pediatric oncology.

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