From Education to the Arts, How Betsy DeVos’ Charitable Giving Supports Organizations Across the U.S.

Mrs. Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos, have a charitable history steeped in giving back to charities and organizations. Mrs. Betsy DeVos is best known for her works in the politcal sector, now serving as America’s 11th Secretary of Education. She has led a lengthy and polished career in the education politics world to get to that elite position. She served for six years as the chair of Michigan’s Republican Party and had led a multitude of successful political campaigns, political action committees and has worked diligently with a variety of education focused non profits in a leadership capacity.


The Betsy and Dick DeVos Family Foundation was founded as a way to further extend the amount of support the couple could give to the ever growing list of charities they support. Their financial support has always been a staple of their lifestyle but it has continued to grow over the years. According to the latest reports in 2015 the DeVoses gave back by contributing $11.6 million in contributions to many organizations and education institutions. This number of incoming funds will be an incredbile help to these organizations. For the DeVos Family Foundation this number also includes a series of pledges to continue additional donations to the organizations they support.


Among the many organizations they support are noted ones that are doing the hands on work that Betsy DeVos is fighting for in her role as U.S. Education Secretary. She stands behinds policy that will allow greater education for children, especially those that come from low income families. These include School Choice, which gives families access to additional options for schooling outside of the simple “district” model that zones children into the schools where their parents live, regardless of that school’s level of education. She also supports various organizations that promote Charter Schools as a viable choice for education and a school voucher program to help with the cost of things like school lunches.


In addition to supporting causes that align with her political goals in education reform, Betsy DeVos stands behind things like children in the arts. They are avid supporters of the ArtPrize competition, which encouraging students to create compelling art pieces that are displayed in a stately event. Students get really into the event and come up with amazing pieces. For example, this past year a “Wounded Warrior Dogs” exhibit won first prize in the three dimensional category. The incredibly moving display featured six hand carved wooden dogs. These dogs were all wounded or rehabilitated during their time as service dogs at wartime. The artists’ goal was to show that these dogs fought for their country. In a moving main exhibit, the seventh dog stood under a tiny coffin and an American flag. This dog gave the ultimate sacrifice. What a creative outfit for students to showcase their artistic skills at such a young age.


The DeVos Family Foundation is estimated to have given over $100 million in the family’s lifetime and continues great work in education and beyond.


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