Education Is The Cornerstone To A Better Life In The Opinion Of Betsy DeVos
Looking back at the life and work of Betsy DeVos is a simple way of exploring the good works and philanthropy the Michigan based education reformer has set about becoming an integral part of the work of many different groups. In terms of the philanthropy and good works completed by Betsy DeVos I believe it is important to understand just how important education and the creation of a more successful education system in the U.S. has been to the life of Mrs. DeVos; not only has Betsy DeVos sacrificed her own time in a bid to make sure every child in the U.S. has the chance to attend a high quality school environment, but she has also been willing to throw her considerable personal fortune behind the cause that has become her signature in philanthropic circles.
I was impressed to discover Betsy DeVos had first become concerned about the education system in the U.S. when the cause was still in its infancy and remains an influential figure for those who believe the best educational environment should always be available. Since starting out as a major part of the education reform cause Betsy DeVos has seen school choice and voucher programs become available across 17 states as the need to choose your own educational path for any child has become a major part of the work of state education departments across the nation. Betsy herself is reported in numerous publications I have used in my own research to have flown to states where new programs are being introduced to provide talks, and question and answer sessions to make sure as many families as possible take part in these programs.
The more than $22 million donated to the Kennedy Center for the Arts in 2010 is a good example of the tens of millions of dollars donated to good causes through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation (dbdvfoundation.org). A dedicated Calvinist, Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick have been committed philanthropists for a number of years and provided over $10 million for good causes in 2015 alone, plus a pledge to provide more than $3 million grants in the coming years has impressed me greatly. Obviously, education plays a key role in the giving of Betsy DeVos who has pledged funding to a wide range of higher education institutions, and continues to provide financial support to the Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan often cited by Mrs. DeVos as being the catalyst for her devotion to education reform.