Betsy DeVos is a respected reformist who seeks reforms through wide range of non-profit roles. She is the head of Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation and a member of many local and national boards, such as Foundation for Excellence in Education, Kids for Hope USA, and Mars Hill Bible Church. In an interview published […]
Betsy DeVos is a respected reformist who seeks reforms through wide range of non-profit roles. She is the head of Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation and a member of many local and national boards, such as Foundation for Excellence in Education, Kids for Hope USA, and Mars Hill Bible Church. In an interview published on the Philanthropy Roundtable, Betsy discussed the growth that school choice had seen since its launch more than two decades ago. She stated that the number of students opting for educational choice program was increasing exponentially annually. She noted that the program had registered immense success in Florida, Indiana, and Louisiana.
Dick DeVos is a wealthy investor from Michigan. He led Amway Corporation, a global distributor of consumer goods, between 1993 and 2002. Currently, he heads the Windquest Group as the CEO. This company invests in manufacturing, health, technology, and other lucrative sectors.
Apart from business, DeVos has ventured into the political arena, contesting for governor of Michigan on a Republican ticket during the 2006 election. DeVos based his campaign on the issues of creating more jobs and stabilizing the economy. He said that he would create a favorable business environment by cutting taxes as well as regulations. However, the Democratic candidate Jennifer Granholm won the race. Although DeVos has never contested for any position since then, he has been funding Republican candidates and other causes.
DeVos has supported a wide variety of community projects. Through Education Freedom Fund, he gave over 4,000 scholarships to deprived children in Michigan. He also opened the West Michigan Aviation Academy to offer students educational courses that incorporates aspects of aviation. DeVos has been an advocate for education reform and has made a huge impact as a member of the State Board of Education. He has supervised numerous Grand Rapids downtown upgrading and area health care developments, such as a $212 million convention center, a $90 million medical school, a $75 million downtown region, and a $30 million Downtown Market.
Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation
It started its operations back in the 1989. The organization has donated millions of dollars to education, artistic, and religious non-profits. Local beneficiaries of this foundation include The Potter’s house, Grand Rapids-based Mars Hill Bible Church, and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.