Born on January 8, 1958, Elisabeth Prince, well known as Betsy Devos, is an American politician, philanthropist, businesswoman, educational activist and an entrepreneur. She is from West Michigan and serves as the 11th and current United States Secretary of Education. Betsy Devos has never shied away from advocating for school choice, voucher programs in private schools and the introduction of charter schools in the education field.
Betsy Devos is always passionate about giving back to the society through her charitable activities. Betsy and her husband Richard Marvin popularly known as Dick Devos in 1989 founded the Dick & Betsy Devos Family Foundation. The foundation primarily contributes to organizations such as schools, churches, arts, hospitals and evangelical missions among others. The Devos foundation mainly supports the transformation of five areas which include education, arts, leadership, community, and justice.
In 2015, Dick & Betsy Devos summed their donations to$ 11.6 million bringing their lifetime donations to $ 139 million. The Devos Foundation was ranked number 24 by Forbes in 2015 on its America’s top givers. Some of the organizations funded by the couple areMichigan’s Pregnancy Resource Center, Baptist for Life, Institute for Justice, and Right to Life Michigan Educational Fund among others.
With Betsy’s passion for education, from 1999 to 2014, Betsy has seen the foundation support education fully. She has donated at least $ 8.6 million to private Christian schools, $ 59.7 million to public schools and $ 5.2 million to charter schools. Some of the specific examples are $ 652,000 to the Ada Christian School, $ 2.39 million to Grand Rapids Christian High School and $ 458,000 to Holland Christian School, just to mention a few.
In 2009, Betsy Devos with the help of her son, Rick Devos, founded ArtPrize, an international art competition. Art contestants globally compete in Grand Rapids with the best ones being awarded. By 2016, its budget was $ 3.5 million annual budget donated by the Dick & Betsy Devos Foundation to see the art talent growing to greater heights.
In politics, Betsy Devos has been active for years. From 1992 to 1997, Betsy was a Republican National Committeewoman from Michigan. From 1996 to 2000, Betsy served as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and was reelected in 2003. She is a member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Moreover, Betsy is the chairwoman of the Acton Institute and the Alliance for School Choice board and also heads All Children Matter PAC. She uses all her platforms to fight for educational activities.
Betsy Devos was born and raised in Holland, Michigan. She attended Holland Christian High School. Later, she joined Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in business economics. Betsy Devos is positive about education and helping the society live comfortably.
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