Betsy Devos Talks about Education Reforms in America

Betsy Devo’s philanthropic work began more than three decades ago while she was still a student. The young Betsy participated in campus politics, and she has remained politically active years after her graduation. Betsy Devos has led a lot of campaigns, political action committees, and party organizations. That includes six years where she chaired the Michigan Republican Party.

Most of the people who have been close to Betsy usually describe her as a strong and outspoken woman who is actively committed to social reforms. The reformation tendency runs deep in the family. Besides being active in politics, Betsy is also a renowned businesswoman who has built a vast fortune over the years. Betsy chairs the Windquest Group, a company that focuses on technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. She co-founded Windquest Group with her husband, Dick in 1989.

Betsy Devos pursues her philanthropic and reformation agenda by playing a variety of non-profit roles. She chairs the Dick & Betsy Devos Family Foundation, which has been championing various philanthropic causes in Michigan and America as a whole. Besides, Betsy is also a member of some National and local boards that include Kennedy Center, Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church and the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She is one of the renowned advocates for reformation of the education sector in the U.S. Betsy chairs the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice. Philanthropy recently caught up with her during an interview where she spoke on some issues. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com

Betsy Devos has spent a huge part of her life in philanthropic efforts, which mostly touches on education in Michigan and school choice. During the interview, Betsy noted that she is impressed by the progress of the school choice movement. The movement has seen more than 250,000 students get admissions in 33 publicly funded, private choice programs.

Betsy Devos notes that she became part of the motion that at one point was seen as being radical when they had school-age children. Betsy and her husband Dick visited the Potter’s House Christian School, which mainly serves a part of the Grand Rapids which has a significant number of low-income families. Betsy and her husband were moved by the situation at the institution, and since then they committed to helping individual students at the school.

Betsy Devos commitment to educational reforms is well articulated through their Family Foundation. The Foundation’s giving is firmly anchored in faith and focuses on leveraging support, accelerating changes and promoting leadership in five main areas, namely arts, community, justice, and education leadership. By the year 2015, the Devos Family Foundation had given out more than $11.6 million which saw the foundation ranked 24th among the America’s top charitable givers. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.

Dick DeVos: A True Role Model

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, there is a very famous couple by the names of Dick and Betsy DeVos. They tend to receive a lot of attention for their political donations and rightly so. These two are very giving and kind people. As a matter of fact, the DeVos family has lifted the veil on their philanthropy in many ways.

 

Were you aware that in 2015, the DeVoses were kind enough to donate $11.6 in charitable contributions? This was according to a report that can be found on the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation website. Additionally, this is practically double the $5.3 million in campaign donations from over the past five years that Betsy Devos informed the federal government as a part of her previous vetting process for the Cabinet post.

 

This couple is a well-respected part of a family dynasty that has been involved in the Republican party for decades. Thanks to Dick’s dad, Rich Devos, this devotion to the Republican party has remained stable for the family. Rich Devos himself is a co-founder of Amway. He and his four adult children have generously offered an amount of $104 million in charity donations in 2015. They’ve been noticed as one of America’s top givers.

 

Of course, for both Dick and Betsy, kindness as well as generosity are fundamental parts of their existence. Another critical aspect of their lives revolves around the world of education. In fact, they both consider education as a priority. In 2015, they allotted over $3 million in charitable donations for educational purposes, which is roughly 26% of their charity. Their foundation additionally rewarded about $357,000 to any organizations that supported the reform of educational systems. Both Dick and Betsy DeVos support the rapid improvement of education and will donate to achieve these goals.

 

DeVos believes that there are many great teachers as well as administrators out there who have been working their hardest for years, but the plan of both Dick and Betsy is to do a better job of finding a system that helps the talent of these educators to teach more effectively for each child in the classroom. That’s the main reason why they donate to educational facilities: it’s important to the both of them to ensure the children of our society are developing their cognitive skills at a healthy and beneficial pace.

 

In addition to his philanthropy, Dick DeVos has worked in a variety of different executive positions. These include positions at Amway, NBA’s Orlando Magic, and the Windquest Group where he is currently serving as their president. Despite his varied and impressive work history, Dick DeVos still finds time to donate generously for charitable donations. You could say that he is a true role model.

 

Organizations Funded by the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

Injustice is everywhere, but some groups are affected by it more than others. In these cases the poor, immigrants and women and are the most affected. And, without civil, migrants and human rights groups, oppression on these groups would be more severe. But, thanks to organizations like Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund, which funds organizations that educate, research and educate for the rights of the undeserved.

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was established in the year 2007. That year, its founders, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had received a grand total of $3.75 million that was settlement fund for a case that they had won.

It had happened that in the middle of the night, they were arrested from their homes for having given the home address of Maricopa’s county sheriff, Joe Arpaio. During the arrest the two had been shoved to black, tinted SUVs and jailed in different facilities that were both managed by this county Sheriff.

The case leading to their arrest was having reported the financial mismanagement that was ongoing in the office of the sheriff. On the Phoenix News Times, the two had also reported how his system involved racial profiling and how many were prosecuted and tortured, not to mention the ill health conditions of the prisoners.

Arpaio was displeased by the exposure and retaliated by jailing them. However, Larkin and Lacey were adamant to fight the case and it was then that the judge ruled in their favor. They were released on the basis of illegal arrest and were compensated with $3.7 million; a sum that they decided would go towards starting a civil, migrants and human rights organization. Today, they support organizations shat share the same vision including

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU)

ACLU of Arizona was founded in the year 1959. The organization is known for challenging unconstitutional laws, in Arizona, that specifically target to oppress the minorities. Due to their fine works, they have managed to pin down government official whose systems integrate racial profiling. Through their projects, they have managed to make Arizona a better place for everyone. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

Center for Neighborhood Leadership

The Center for Neighborhood Leadership, as the name states, is a foundation that aims at educating and supporting young leaders from Phoenix communities that are underrepresented.

This way, they empower these communities to have someone who can support them financially. This foundation is known to formulate projects to offer training and scholarships to university and college students.

The American Immigration Council

The American Immigration Council was formed with the main aim of shaping how the Americans feel about immigrants. They do this be educating Americans on the contributions of immigrants to shaping how the current America is structured and cultured.

They ensure that immigrants laws formulated are in honor of the constitution and the human rights of these immigrants. To do so, their ears are always open to current immigration grievances and abuses. In this way, they are able to formulate relevant solutions.

Read more: Phoenix New Time