In the eyes of many, Betsy DeVos has been a fortunate individual. Not only is she a successful business woman, education reformer, and bureaucrat, but her family also holds a substantial fortune that runs into the billions of dollars. Unlike many in her position, however, she has put a substantial portion of her fortune towards a noble cause – philanthropy. Through her various charitable works, Betsy DeVos has positively influenced the lives of thousands of children all across the country.Betsy DeVos has over the last two decades run the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Founded in 1989 in conjunction with her husband Dick DeVos, the Foundation has been focused on changing communities by focusing on the areas of education, justice, and the arts. Being a staunch Christians themselves, Betsy and Dick DeVos have ensured have ensured that the Foundation has maintained a religious focus in its undertakings.
As a result, over the years, the Foundation has supported a lot of Christian schools and other conservative charity programs all across the country. A testament to the giving nature of the DeVos family, their charity has consistently being classed among the most efficient charities in the country. For example, in the financial year if 2015 alone, the foundation is estimated to have raised a figure of slightly more than $10 million. This brought their total contributions between 1989 and 2015 to a highly respectable figure of $100 million. Additionally, today Betsy DeVos is in one capacity or the other helping an estimated 250,000 children spread across a majority of the country access quality education.
Betsy DeVos has also undertaken a number of charitable acts directly without going through the foundation. Arguably the most significant education from of these direct contributions is that where she gave $22.5 million to the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts seven years ago. Additionally, she has also sponsored an art competition known as ArtPrize for the last eight years. With rewards standing at $500,000, the competition is one of the most attended in the country. In fact, the New York Times has previously named the annual Grand Rapids, Michigan competition as one of the top places to visit in the country.As a result of her many talents and philanthropic nature, Betsy DeVos sits on the boards of a number of organizations and institutions. Currently, she seats on the board of Kids Hope USA. She has also previously served on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.