The Roots of Betsy DeVos’ Philanthropy and Aspirations

Some people know Betsy DeVos as the new Secretary of Education for the United States while others know her as a staunch Republican heiress from Michigan, but she’s quite the activist at heart.


What has motivated her for most of her life is education and its privatization, but she’s done a lot more than that. The following should help highlight some of the work she’s done as an activist.


Early Betsy


The truth is that Betsy has been in politics for decades. She started her career in politics back in her 20s when she attended Calvin College. During those years she learned to gather her conservative thoughts in a thoughtful way so that she could argue her perspective.


Her passion led her to meet her future husband Dick DeVos a few years later. He also comes from money like her, and it was a match made in heaven that led them into deeper Republican circles.


Not long after that her husband attempted to run for governor of the state of Michigan but lost. Still, that attempt propelled them to continue the fight to push their ideas.


Looking at Betsy’s Philanthropy


Betsy’s political career can be understood by looking at her interaction with certain non-profit organizations. She has either started or participated in quite a number of them in her life. For one, she and her husband were the chair people of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.


Betsy has also been a member of the DeVos Institute for Arts Management board at the Kennedy Center for some time. It is clear to many that she truly does value the appreciation of art, which is part of the reason she pushes art in her state. She is also a member of the Mars Hill Bible Church that exposes her deep appreciation of the Christian religion along with some of the things this faith stands for.


Still, the thing she is most known for is her involvement within the educational-choice movement that is really taking off in certain states around the country.


Some may say its strange that she is now the leader of public education for the United States when it seems that she is bent on introducing more private schools. Movements like the American Federation for Children or the Alliance for School Choice have given her the platform she needs to advance her agenda.


In a recent interview, she pointed out that the reason she got involved in the school choice movement was because she met parents at the Potter’s House Christian School where her children went to school. The parents she met were low-income, so they were breaking their backs to have their children go to school there.


To her, it was a great injustice to see parents struggle so much just to have their children go to a school they approved of. It is clear to see where her motivations come from and what continues to give her power to move forward.


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