Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos provides the type of leadership that focuses on bringing people together and lifting communities up through her philanthropy efforts. She co-chairs the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation with her husband. The Foundation is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan near the couple’s residence. Betsy provides the strong leadership within the foundation to support the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a charter high school that bestowed an aviation theme of the acclaimed Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The school was founded in 2010.
Betsy has worked alongside the Grand Rapids community to provide scholarships with her support of two private Christian Schools that are operated by the Potter’s House. Betsy is on the Board of Directors of the Freedom Fund. Through the Education Freedom Fund, she helps to identify those scholars who are in financial need for attending a private school. Supported by many religious organizations within Grand Rapids, parents only have to pay a minimum of $500 towards the annual tuition each year. For decades, Betsy has provided her talents, skills and pure effort towards philanthropy. In addition, she has provided large donations to assist in those efforts. She has aligned with her successful family to identify areas where combined financial resources can be utilized the best within the state of Michigan as well as nationally. Betsy and her family have also donated an estimated $44 million through the years for political causes for which she says she’s extremely proud. The financial support of candidates has been an integral part of each election cycle and has helped the country evolve.
Betsy was raised in the small town of Holland, Michigan which has an estimated 33,000 residents. Upon graduating from the Holland Christian High School, she went on to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she received her bachelor’s degree. She is a long-time member of the Christian Reformed Church in North America and an Elder for the Mars Hill Bible Church. Betsy continues to identify with her Holland, Michigan community, and she is quick to tell anyone that those roots have sustained her core principles, values, and for having humanity towards helping others. She has led many causes as an activist for protecting the rights of all citizens within the country. Her role as an activist for the rights of children to receive a quality education for well-over three decades has proven to be Betsy’s best asset and perhaps her legacy. She’s served on the board as Chairwoman for the Alliance for School Choice and Acton Institute. Additionally, Betsy has led the All Children Matter political action committee which has put forth great effort in promoting school vouchers nationwide for students who are in financial need to receive the same quality education as their peers.
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