Category Archives: Philanthropy

How Betsy DeVos has pushed for Reform in the Education Sector

Betsy Devos is an accomplished business woman who has been very vocal about the United States’ education system. She currently serves as the U.S secretary of education in the Trump admiration. Mr. DeVos is a charitable individual and has donated millions of dollars to support different programs. She is supported by her husband, Dick DeVos, and they run the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation together. Their organization is committed to supporting education, medical research, Christian missions, and political activities. Betsy has been in active politics since the 1970s when she was schooling at the Calvin College. She has been serving the Michigan Republican Party for more than three decades and has held different offices.

Mrs. Devos’ passion for transforming the U.S education system started when she served as a volunteer at the the Potter’s House Christian School. The school is committed to assisting children from disadvantaged backgrounds by enabling them to have a decent education. Betsy is currently a benefactor of the learning institution. She believes that all parents should have a chance to decide the schools that their children should attend. She has been working with various organizations to make sure that people have the freedom to select schools that are best for them.The businesswoman has built an excellent reputation for herself, and this enabled her to be part of the American Education Reform Council. She was also a senior official of Children First America, which is a nonprofit organization that was created to facilitate education reforms.

Mrs. DeVos later co-founded the Great Lakes Education Project, which is currently pushing for changes in 17 states. The activities of the organization have enabled over 250,000 to be admitted to 33 public-sponsored private-choice schools. Her efforts have benefited more than 50,000 children who are offered scholarships and bursaries by the state’s tax-credit in Florida. Indiana and Louisiana are also supporting the use of private school vouchers.Betsy has been campaigning for schools of choice for more than three decades. She has been encouraging the use of alternatives such as school vouchers, digital learning, tax credits, magnet schools, virtual schools, and home schooling. Mr. DeVos is striving to ensure that parents play a major role in making decisions about their children’s education. The current U.S school system admits children to learning institutions depending on their neighborhoods, and this has been denying individuals from low come areas from attending better schools across the country.Foundations such as the American Federation for Children, All Children Matter, and the Alliance for School Choice have significantly supported Betsy’s campaigns. Betsy and her husband funded the development the West Michigan Aviation Academy, which one of the states’ leading charter schools. She sits on the Windquest Group’s board.

Dick DeVos Hires New CEO for Holland Based Manufacturing Company

The Stow Company Inc. is undergoing a change in leadership. Phil Dolci, who has displayed his ability as CEO of Crossman Corporation for the past 4 years, has been hired by Dick DeVos to lead the Holland based Manufacturing company. Specializing in custom home storage and organizational products, The Stow Company is expected to experience continued growth under Dolci’s leadership.

Dick DeVos, married to Betsy Prince for the past 35 years, is the former CEO of Amway from 1993 to 2002, and of the Orlando Magic basketball team for 3 years when the DeVos family acquired them in 1991. He is currently the CEO of the Windquest group, a privately owned investment management firm.

Dick DeVos is also active with several community projects in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, which include the Education Freedom Fund and the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The Education Freedom Fund is responsible for generating more than 4000 scholarships to underprivileged students in West Michigan. He co-chairs the Grand Action which has a large role in upgrading downtown Grand Rapids with various projects including a convention center, a downtown arena, and greatly improving healthcare. He also served on the state Board of Education and ran for the Republican candidacy of Governor in 2006 against Jennifer Granholm. He is also a New York Times best-selling author of “Rediscovering American Values”, which was published in 1997. A two-time National Champion sailor, helicopter and jet pilot, Dick DeVos has a total of 7 children and 5 grandchildren.