Apart from the extensive philanthropic activities that the DeVos family has been taking part in several decades back, Betsy DeVos has involved herself in various philanthropic activities. This includes co-chairing in Betsy’s Family Foundation located in Grand Rapids, Michigan where the couple resides. The foundation’s contribution comprises a strong record of support for various learning institutions in Michigan. For instance, the foundation supports the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a charter high school that offers aviation programs that are located in Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.Dick DeVos established the aviation school in 2010. Also, the foundation supports two privately owned learning institutions operated by the Potter’s House. The foundation offers a substantial financial support to the Education Freedom Fund, an organization that offers a scholarship for less privileged children to attend private schools.
Betsy DeVos’ efforts in the recent years demonstrate the way to school contributors have combined philanthropic and political to present their agenda to the press. On top of that, DeVos is s board member at FEE, which is an educational think tank that was established by ex-Governor of Florida and Jeb Bush who was once a presidential candidate. FEE is also managed by other prominent persons such as Charles Schwab, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and ex-Chancellor of New York City public schools Joel Klein.The DeVos Family Foundation’s donation is not restricted to school choice giving. The funds also channeled to supports health care and the arts. The foundation has been a primary supporter of ArtPrize, an art competition that takes place every year. DeVos also offers financial support to pediatric oncology at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.Evidently, there is a lot for education reform, and advocates and donors must love about the Trump’s appointee for the secretary for education post. However, it is not clear on the impact she will have in the role, where she is given the ESSA’s move to return the educational decision making to the state. What is certain is that the non-profits and donors with the desire to continue the growth of charter schools and other types of financial learning institution choices will have a confederate in Betsy DeVos.
Betsy DeVos become the 11th US secretary of education once the US Senate confirmed her in February 2017. She has been taking part in education policy for almost three decades serving as an advocate for kids and voice for parents. DeVos has a great passion in reforms that assist unprivileged children in getting access to a quality education.Her interest in education was triggered at a tender age by her mother who served as a public school teacher. The interested developed even further when she took her kids to school. This helped her realize that not every child in America is entailed with equal opportunity to get a quality education.