Betsy DeVos and her husband are known for their charitable giving. It isn’t just one area that they give in either. Being from Michigan, she has seen her fair share of issues and seeks to help others in every way she can. In fact, the DeVos family has given over one billion dollars to philanthropic efforts. That’s more than most other families in America.
Education has a special place in Betsy DeVos’ heart. She gave a whopping $90 million in 2013 to educational needs, health services, social nets, community needs, churches, and more. One of the education fronts she has led involves training educators in school systems on how to teach better.
For example, in lower income neighborhoods in Detroit, many children skip class. The teachers received training and results changed. Soon, 30% more children were attending class than before. This is especially helpful as it was minorities that were missing school.
DeVos has worked with a number of faith based organizations to arrange for people to get access to basic every day social services that most people already have, but that those with little means struggle with. This includes driver licenses, employment, health services, showers, food, and places to sleep. One woman had an amazing success story. After receiving the proper help, she was able to find work and get off the streets in a little over a month.
DeVos has been the co-chair of the Education Freedom Fund since 1993. This organization hands out scholarships to those with income that is not average in Michigan. She has biven $7.5 million to match a donation by the Children’s Scholarship Fund as well, putting her own money on the line to show how much she cares.
DeVos has been the chair of Kids First which helps parents get tax credits and send their children to the school of their choice. She also is on the board of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, which helps economic groups, higher education, and hospitals. This has helped kids pursue the degree of their choice, getting degrees from college and even MBAs.
She sponsors a scholarship for kids who have a business mind and show good promise. In addition, she is involved with Grand Action. This aims to bring business and government leaders in the same room to solve some of the toughest problems that Detroit has. Since then, the downtown area has experienced immense growth and is poised to rapidly expand.
In a world where there is not enough philanthropy, Betsy DeVos fills the gap. She has been giving her own money, time, and advice for years. Her service is helping her local community grow and expand one step at a time, and it’s not slowing down.
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