An Overview of Betsy DeVos’ Philanthropic Work

Betsy DeVos has made headlines in the past for championing reforms in the education sector as well as the school choice program. When she was nominated for the post of the Secretary of Education by President Trump, the decision was met with both praise as well as controversy from various corners. In all fairness, Betsy DeVos has portrayed a huge interest in the field of education not only in her philanthropy but also in her political involvement. Betsy DeVos has been actively involved in donating and promoting educational organizations at the grassroots level over the years. Her philanthropy has been centered on education-related institutions and centers. Betsy DeVos and her family have donated to this cause via non-profit and charitable organizations for a number of years.


Starting Off


Betsy DeVos served as the chairperson of the Philanthropy Roundtable, which works to teach legislators the importance of philanthropy and the need to promote it by coordinating with donors. Betsy DeVos exploited her platform to encourage donations in areas that had a high need like vouchers and school choice. In an interview conducted by Philanthropy Roundtable, Betsy revealed that her passion for advocating for the school choice program nationally started when she was serving on the board of two not-for-profit education charities based in Michigan. The charities were advocating for scholarships and vouchers to help families surviving on low-incomes. Betsy had to scale up her political and philanthropic activity in order to increase the awareness of school choice advocacy.




Besty DeVos not only offers monetary donations but also works via non-profit organizations like Foundation for Excellence in Education and Kids Hope USA. She has been a mentor at the Grand Rapids Public Schools for a period of 15 years. Philanthropy seems to run in the blood of the DeVos’ family as it managed to appear on the Forbes’ list of top givers of 2015, where it appeared at number 24. Betsy and her husband made a donation of $ 11.6 million in 2015 to various charities.


Her philanthropy work is mainly concentrated on art and education organizations. Through her philanthropy, a lot of children have been assisted and her advocacy for the school choice concept has led to more people knowing and appreciating it. The education fraternity hopes that Betsy DeVos will perform well in her current role as the Secretary of Education in the US given her tenacity, passion and enthusiasm for the sector.


Monetary Giving


In 2015, Betsy DeVos through Dick and Betsy Family Foundation made a donation totaling to over $10 million. The foundation approved $400,000 for the Loudspeaker Media Incorporated, assisting Campbell Brown, a former CNN anchor to launch The 74, an education website. The Partnership for Educational Juctice, a non-profit owned by Brown also received $400,000. The Success Academy Charter Schools got $150,000 and another similar amount to be paid in future. The Potter’s House in Grand Rapids got $200,000 from the foundation and many others.


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