Betsy DeVos has always been a reformer. Since her days at Calvin College, she was involved completely with her campus politics. She has been politically active since then. Now Betsy DeVos has been leading various campaigns, besides party organizations, along with political action committees for over 30 years now. In fact, the Michigan Republican Party had elected her as the Chairman, and she held this post for nearly six years.
This kind of reforming tendency is nothing new for Betsy DeVos. Rather, it runs in the family. The Republican nominee in 2006, for the Governor of Michigan, was her husband, Dick DeVos.
Betsy DeVos is always on the lookout for innovative solutions, whether it is in business or politics. She is the Chairman of the Windquest Group. This is a multi-company group that is held privately. It is involved in technology besides manufacturing, along with clean energy. This was a firm that she co-founded with her husband. It was incepted in 1989. Her husband, Dick DeVos, was formerly the president of Amway, as well as the franchise owner of Orlando Magic NBA.
The reforms pursued by Betsy DeVos are mainly through various nonprofit roles. She holds the chair of Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The charitable interests are varied. Visit their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org
Betsy DeVos is excited about the fact that the number of students in publicly funded schools that provide private-choice programs is growing. In addition, the number of such programs is also growing. In fact, she is promoting educational choice, and this concept is enjoying enormous popularity among the US citizens.
There are a number of events that is forcing people today to opt for this change. This is because the public is becoming aware that the success rate of traditional public schools is steadily going down. Hence people are opening to radical reforms. This would include reforms such as vouchers and tax credits, in addition to education savings accounts.
Betsy DeVos has been gradually drawn into this movement. She paid a visit to the Potter’s House Christian School. It catered to a lot of low-income families. She met such kids and their parents. She saw how hard they were trying to provide a safe environment to their kids, where they could learn, and have the love for each other.
She kept on going back. She realized that she was lucky to have the resources to send her kids to whichever school they wanted. But for these parents, even paying the tuition fee was a big thing. She started to support a few students at this school. This number soon grew into a much larger commitment. Even today, Betsy DeVos is supporting the Potter’s House in a significant way. This led her to become more committed to helping other parents.
Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.