Born on January 8, 1958, in Michigan, Betsy DeVos looked up to her father, Edgar Prince, who was a wealthy industrialist and founder of the Prince Corporation. Her dad’s company supplied automobile parts in Holland, Michigan. Betsy is an alumnus of the famed Holland Christian High School and Calvin College where she graduated with a BA in economics. She developed an interest in politics in college and took part in campus politics. Today, she is the mother of four children and proud wife to Dick DeVos. Her spouse is a wealthy heir to Amway and Richard DeVos’ son. Betsy is one of the most active Republican Party members and supporter of school voucher programs, charter schools, and school choice. On November 23, 2016, when Donald Trump was president-elect, he announced that his pick for the Secretary of Education docket was Betsy DeVos. Later in February, she won by a margin of 51-50 in the Senate votes. As a businessperson, Betsy DeVos chairs the executive board of a privately held corporation known as the Windquest Group. Windquest’s investment interests are in clean energy, manufacturing, and technology. Dick and Betsy are distinguished investors in Neurocore, which is comprised of brain performance centers offering therapy for mental illnesses.
Betsy DeVos has also made a name for herself in the political fundraising scene in the US. She first gained critical acclaim in the scene in 2004 after raising over $150,000. The money was used to fund George W. Bush’s re-election campaign. The DeVos Family has also been active in the political fundraising scene by supporting Republican Party candidates with donations worth over $17 million. The DeVos Family is famous for being the largest single donor to the Republican Party. According to Betsy, her family is geared towards fostering a conservative governing philosophy. She also states that the philosophy entails respect for traditional American values and limited government. Betsy and her family not only expects the Republican Party to win elections through the funds but also to promote this philosophy.
Through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation that has been operating since 1989, Betsy supports programs and organizations focusing on education, arts, leadership, justice, and community. The DeVos Foundation has a lifetime philanthropic giving of $139 million. In 2015 alone, the family organization’s philanthropic giving amounted to $11.9 million. These contributions have helped to improve institutions such as Michigan’s Foundation for Traditional Value and the Institute for Justice. Others that have benefited include Baptists for Life, Pregnancy Resource Center and Center for Individual Rights. The family organization’s donations have also targeted public schools, charter schools, and private Christian schools. Betsy is personally involved with non-profit organizations like Action Institute, former chair, treasurer and board member, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, donor and former board member, and ArtPrize. The DeVos family funds 16 percent of ArtPrize’s yearly budget.
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