Betsy DeVos has been in the public domain after she was selected by the president to become the secretary of education, a move that has been received with a lot of criticism but nonetheless does not undermine her contribution in education. DeVos has been under a lot of criticism as most people blame her for initiating education reforms that many consider not to have gone great. However, despite such criticisms, DeVos and family are known for their dedicated philanthropic activities. It is almost impossible to talk about them without mentioning their philanthropic work.Betsy and her family are involved in a lot of philanthropy work, which dates decade’s back. In fact, they are ranked among the top conservative funders in the recent decades. They are known to pour millions of dollars in different initiatives as well as support different courses.They have funded a variety of think tanks, leadership institutes; legal groups and others that they feel are worth. They are known for contributing money for both local, in this case Michigan, as well as national levels especially for political endeavors.
In fact, a recent survey revealed that Betsy’s family has given over 44 million dollars in form of donation to the state of Michigan alone. With this, they have been able to become influential at both state and national level.Betsy also has her own philanthropic activities that are separate from those of her family. Some of what she does include co-chairing the family foundation with her husband in Michigan at Grand Rapids, their home. She is passionate about what the foundation does key among its roles being to offer support for the choice of schools in Michigan. The foundation in fact supports schools such as the West Michigan aviation academy, which is a chartered school with an aviation theme. The DeVos founded this school in 2010. The family foundation is also known for supporting Christian schools, which are run by Potter’s house.
It also provides funding for the education freedom fund. This foundation is responsible for offering scholarships to needy students who cannot afford to attend private schools.The family foundation, which she co-chairs, has also been known to support the American Federation for children (AFC). It also supports the endeavors of foundations for excellence in education (FEE).She chairs the AFC that has a strong affiliation with the alliance for school choice. The Walton foundation has supported the alliance for school choice for decades as seen by the over 20 million in grants towards the organization’s endeavor.She also serves as the chair of the board fee which an education think tank is found by Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida. She serves with other directors including Condoleezza rice, Charles Schwab and Joel Klein. The board receives support from the Gates. Betsy is very passionate about matters on education.