Betsy DeVos: Making Education More Accessible

Betsy DeVos is one of the most well-known businesswomen in the United States, and more recently, she has been appointed as the United States Secretary of Education. Betsy DeVos is a vocal supporter of programs aimed to alleviate the lives of Americans who are living in poverty, especially those programs which are focused on providing free education. She is the one behind the idea of providing school vouchers for discounts, and the freedom of an individual to choose their own school.

Betsy DeVos came from an influential business family. They own the Prince Corporation, and she is married to Dick DeVos, who is the former chief executive officer of Amway. Their combined wealth has placed them as the 88th richest family in the United States, and they are using their influence in the corporate world and politics to help them with their philanthropic works. After she was appointed as the new United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos made sure that everyone who wanted to study but does not have the means to go to a school or a university would be given a chance to avail of the vouchers and will be provided additional financial assistance, if needed. They are also pushing for a Christianity centered school system, and they are spearheading the reformation of the American school system for the advancement of God’s kingdom.

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Aside from her works dealing with providing free education and educational activism, Betsy DeVos is also active in different fields of philanthropic works. She is involved in the preservation of arts, the establishment of countless foundations, and so much more. Back when she was the vice president of the Prince Foundation, conservative advocacy groups were given donations coming straight from her pocket. She believes in what they are fighting for, and Betsy DeVos wholeheartedly poured in financial support for these groups to continue what they are doing. She also established the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989, along with her husband Dick DeVos, which supports groups promoting the importance of education, arts, justice, community, and leadership. This foundation is responsible for channeling donations for hospitals, schools, art organizations and even Christian missionary works. They also helped out research institutions through their foundation, and one of these was Acton Institute. The field of arts greatly benefited from the generosity of Betsy DeVos and Dick DeVos, as the two are known to be art lovers. They established a center that would train art organizations on how to raise funds, and how cultural institutions can be managed. The two also initiated an art competition called ArtPrize, which has transformed into one of the biggest art competitions in the world attended by thousands. Currently, Betsy DeVos and her husband are considered by Forbes to be America’s 24th top givers. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.com.

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