Betsy and Dick DeVos, together, formed the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation through which they would funnel all their charitable contributions. The couple has garnered lots of attention regarding their political and charitable contributions. In a report released by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation website, the family gave out 11.6 million dollars in charitable contributions, in 2015. Their charitable contributions are twice the 5.3 million dollars donated for political purposes over the previous five years contrary to widespread allegations. In 2017, Betsy DeVos was nominated by President Trump as the new education secretary. A look into her charitable giving aims to reflect her views, beliefs and a hint on what causes she may champion as the United States’ education secretary.
According to their 2015 Foundation report, The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donated 400,000 dollars toward Loudspeaker Media Inc. This move was aimed to assist former CNN employee, Campbell Brown, roll out “The 74,” which is her education site. The foundation also added an inclusive 400,000 dollars to her nonprofit, The Partnership for Educational Justice. Furthermore, it contributed 150,000 dollars toward Success Academy Charter Schools. Eva Moskowitz, the schools’ founder, expressed her excitement over the donation. Another beneficiary of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is The Potter’s House, situated in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Christian school received 200,000 dollars. Talking to “Philanthropy Roundtable,” Betsy said that her visit to the school some years back contributed to her interest in advocating for school choice. 100,000 dollars was donated to a nonprofit Alliance for School Choice, which works with the American Federation for Children.
The foundation also supports conservative organizations; it donated 750,000 dollars to the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy, to which Betsy DeVos is a board member. An additional 10,000 dollars was donated to a nonprofit law firm, Institute for Justice, which financed school choice lawsuits. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Inc. which supports conservative viewpoints in colleges was proud to receive a 6,500 dollar donation from the foundation. The University of Maryland College Park Foundation received 500,000 dollars while 150,000 dollars was given to the School of Missionary Aviation Technology. Ferris State University, situated in Michigan, was presented with a $113,500 donation. Grand Rapids Community College Foundation received 5,000 dollars while Davenport University got 55,000 dollars.
About Betsy DeVos
Elisabeth Dee “Betsy” DeVos is a Philanthropist, activist, politician and a business woman. She is America’s current Secretary of Education. Betsy is a Republican Party member and strongly advocates for charter schools, school voucher programs, school choice, and the Christian community. From 1992-1997, she served as the Republican National Committeewoman. She also served in the Michigan Republican Party as the chairwoman from 1996 to 2000. Betsy is married to Dick DeVos, former CEO of Amway Corporation and the son of Richard DeVos – a co-founder of Amway Corporation.