Betsy DeVos’s Philanthropic Endeavors

Mrs. Betsy DeVos is an incredibly passionate woman. She currently leads America’s educational reform system by serving as the United States Secretary of Education. She is the 11th person to hold that role. Outside of her job and her other roles she is known as a major reformer. She is a crusader for change and chooses to focus her passion for change on education in the United States.


Her drive for change began when she was a young woman at Calvin College. She first found the spark to drive change by seeing how much she was able to accomplish within her own college campus.


Since her college days she has worked for more than three decades to bring about reform. She is known as a woman who not only is willing to cross party lines to bring about change, but who consistently puts education first, even before all of the politics that can often drive a wedge that brings change to a hault. For those three decades she has led several incredibly successful political campaigns, spearheaded multiple political action committees and was also an integral piece of multiple party organizations that sought to bring about change.


She is married to Dick DeVos who was a past Republican nominee to become the Governor of Michigan. The two are a truly dynamic duo and together are known as being innovators who look for creative ways to bring about social change. For Mrs. DeVos, in particular, that change is focused on the education sector.


Mrs. DeVos is also incredibly active in the philanthropic community. She and her husband built the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The Foundation contributes to a wide variety of charities, many of those educational. Mrs. DeVos also holds prestigious board seats for many charities, including the Mars Hill Bible Church, Kids Hope USA, the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center and the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She also currently serves as the chair person for the American Federation for Children as well as the Alliance for School Choice in America. School choice is something both she and her husband are incredibly passionate about.


The two saw the importance of allowing families to have school choice when they first began looking for schools for their own children. The two realized that while they were incredibly blessed to be able to choose any school they wanted for their kids, many people didn’t have that option. They came upon the Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids. The Potter’s House Christian School typically serves underprivileged kids from low income families. The DeVos family sponsors children whose families couldn’t afford to send their children there and provide them with scholarships.


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Betsy DeVos and Family Help Students

Learning can be hard and students who have to do it in an environment that is not comfortable know how much harder it can be. They have to make sure that they are comfortable and Betsy DeVos has gone to great lengths to show students that things will get better when they are in different schools. She knows that offering different educational opportunities to her students is the only way that the world will change and the only way that she can truly make a difference in their lives. Betsy DeVos has come a long way in the time that she has been helping people and she has even included her family to show them what they are able to get out of the situations that they are in. She does what she can with everyone to show them the different options that they have and tries to always put the students first.


By getting her family involved in education, Betsy DeVos is giving them a chance to learn and is giving students a chance to have help from a different person. She knows that she will not be able to do it all on her own and that things can sometimes get difficult when she is running a one-person business and that is the reason that she chose to get her family involved. She wants to make sure that they are learning as much about the philanthropic business as they can so that they will be able to enjoy all of the things that she does, too.


When Betsy DeVos is working to help students out, she makes sure that she keeps their individuality in mind. She has done what she can to include different students in the educational opportunities that students have so that they are able to get the best experiences possible. These students can do things like enjoying the charter schools and even the voucher programs that are offered to them. For Betsy DeVos to be able to do all of this, she had to make sure that she knew a lot about education and how she would be able to help people out.


Despite doing all of this, Betsy DeVos is still working to help even more students. She knows that there are always new ways to help and new things that students can learn. She has relied a lot on the people who are teaching the students and this has helped her to grow her philanthropic efforts. She continues to push to make sure that she can help students and that teachers will have the resources that they need to be able to help their own students get better with the opportunities that they have.

Dick DeVos instrumental in making Grand Rapids, Michigan a medical mecca

Dick DeVos has become well known for his political activities. This is a result of his 2006 gubernatorial run in the state of Michigan. While he lost that race by just a few percentage points, he has nevertheless become etched in people’s minds as a political figure.

But the real Dick DeVos has never been much of a politician. In fact, he has spent his life in both business and philanthropy, areas in which he has been greatly successful. After having taken over the helm of the company of his father, Rich DeVos founder of Amway, DeVos proved his acumen as a business leader, leading the company to become a global powerhouse in direct marketing sales. He has also run a large number of his own companies, building a successful career and roundly proving his ability as a businessman and community leader.

But perhaps the most lasting of DeVos’ contributions are his philanthropic efforts. Nowhere have these been more visibly apparent than in the city of Grand Rapids, DeVos’ hometown, where he has lived since he was born. By the early 1980s, Grand Rapids was suffering from the same problems of other deindustrializing Michigan towns, which had been hollowed out by the loss of jobs and increasing white flight. The end result, by that time, had already become apparent in places like Detroit and Flint, while other towns, such as Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Muskegon were well on their way to experiencing the same fate. If something was not done soon, it appeared that Grand Rapids was well on its way to becoming a hollowed-out, dilapidated urban core, in the style of Detroit or Flint.

But DeVos believed that something could be done. He formed the Grand Action Group, an organization of the area’s 50 top business leaders, who came together in an effort to reverse the decline of the downtown Grand Rapids area. DeVos saw real potential in a city that had enormous amounts of human capital but at the same time was suffering from urban decay and a large number of derelict and neglected properties. The Grand Action Group formed a multi-part plan that involved the creation of one of the largest medical zones in the country as well as the building of multiple world-class hotels and one of the Midwest’s largest convention centers. The plan began being implemented in the mid-80s and is still ongoing today.

Needless to say, everyone who lives in Michigan knows the extent to which these plans have been a resounding success. Downtown Grand Rapids has been named numerous times by such publications as Forbes, Fortune and others as one of the best places to live. It has also been named as one of the most important medical cities in the entire country. The so-called medical mile, anchored by the Van Andel Institute and Helen DeVos children’s hospital is one of the largest medical zones in any city in the United States, attracting patients, doctors and researchers from across the globe.