Betsy Devos’ Background Check Reveals a High Degree of Giving When and Where It Counts

Betsy DeVos is now the Secretary of Education for the United States of America.

And for good reason.

Her mother was a public school teacher and many conversations with her mother through out the years led to her interest and many questions on the quality and inequality of the education available to children in all parts of the U. S. Once she had children of her own this gave her another perspective on the education system of our country. she began to get involved with local community leaders to address the issue of how to give the best educational experience possible to every child.

With over 30 years of being a strong advocate for the creation of new educational choices for students in all 50 states; as Secretary of Education she hopes and works for returning more control of the public school system to the states and local municipalities.

As someone who had the money to send her children to any school she wanted, due to her background Betsy DeVos was very concerned with the fact that most parents did not have the resources to give their children the best education they could. A visit to a Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids showed her a learning atmosphere based on curiosity and love. As a result of this visit, and subsequent visits, she has supported and continues to support the Potter’s House Christian School system at a high level. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.

In 1989 she and her husband created the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. This foundation was to provide funds for a variety of other non-profits that they believed not only in what they were doing, but how effectively they were using any funds given to them. With her nomination to the appointment of Secretary of Education, her background and finances were furiously examined and it was revealed that in 2015 the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation made charitable contributions of 11.6 million. Subsequent background checking also showed that she and her husband’s had made a total of donations to non-profits of 139 million.

In the 1990’s she served on the board of two national non-profits; Children First America and the American Education Reform Council. She currently serves on several national and local boards including Kids Hope USA and the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She is also the chairperson for the American Federation for Children.

Read more: http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/topic/excellence_in_philanthropy/interview_with_betsy_devos

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