Betsy DeVos has spent her entire life dedicated to education. From a young age she has had a passion for the educational system and making sure all students have the same opportunities, regardless of their background. Throughout her career she has given not only her time but her money to support causes that she felt improved the educational system. Recently DeVos sat down with Philanthropy Roundtable to shave some insight into her passion for giving to education.
Betsy DeVos desire for giving to education dates back to a single experience she had as a mother. Betsy took her own children to visit Potter’s House Christian School in Michigan. During her visit DeVos was very moved by what she witnessed. DeVos saw a number parents who were dedicated and going above and beyond to make sure their kids went to school in a good environment, one in which learning was a top priority. DeVos continued to visit the school and eventually began helping students at the school with tuition.
DeVos was not satisfied with what she was doing. She and her family became committed to doing everything they could to help more children. Her husband eventually ran for and was elected to State Board of Education in Michigan in 1990. Betsy herself decided to start a scholarship fund in order to help give more kids the opportunities they deserved. Her dedication would eventually extend even further. DeVos was a member of two national charities that were both dedicated to working to expand educational choices through vouchers and tax credits. These two groups included Children First America and the American Education Reform Council. Furthermore she is also responsible for a tax-credit scholarship program in Florida. This program has experienced the country’s longest period of broad educational choice.
Currently DeVos is serving in perhaps her most influential role as the 11th U.S. secretary of education. She has spent a lifetime of work to get to this point. She credits watching her mother work as a public school teacher in Michigan as a big part of her inspiration to help the educational system. DeVos worked as a in-school mentor for at-risk children in Michigan for more than a decade. Her resume includes serving as chairman of The Windquest Group, an investment management firm. Betsy Devos also served on numerous charitable boards. These groups include Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. DeVos is a graduate of Calvin College in Michigan. She and her family continue to be dedicated to the cause of improving educational opportunities for all children. Visit Betsy’s profile on twitter.com.