Betsy Devo’s philanthropic work began more than three decades ago while she was still a student. The young Betsy participated in campus politics, and she has remained politically active years after her graduation. Betsy Devos has led a lot of campaigns, political action committees, and party organizations. That includes six years where she chaired the Michigan Republican Party.Most of the people who have been close to Betsy usually describe her as a strong and outspoken woman who is actively committed to social reforms. The reformation tendency runs deep in the family. Besides being active in politics, Betsy is also a renowned businesswoman who has built a vast fortune over the years. Betsy chairs the Windquest Group, a company that focuses on technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. She co-founded Windquest Group with her husband, Dick in 1989.
Betsy Devos pursues her philanthropic and reformation agenda by playing a variety of non-profit roles. She chairs the Dick & Betsy Devos Family Foundation, which has been championing various philanthropic causes in Michigan and America as a whole. Besides, Betsy is also a member of some National and local boards that include Kennedy Center, Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church and the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She is one of the renowned advocates for reformation of the education sector in the U.S. Betsy chairs the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice. Philanthropy recently caught up with her during an interview where she spoke on some issues.Betsy Devos has spent a huge part of her life in philanthropic efforts, which mostly touches on education in Michigan and school choice. During the interview, Betsy noted that she is impressed by the progress of the school choice movement.
The movement has seen more than 250,000 students get admissions in 33 publicly funded, private choice programs.Betsy Devos notes that she became part of the motion that at one point was seen as being radical when they had school-age children. Betsy and her husband Dick visited the Potter’s House Christian School, which mainly serves a part of the Grand Rapids which has a significant number of low-income families. Betsy and her husband were moved by the situation at the institution, and since then they committed to helping individual students at the school.Betsy Devos commitment to educational reforms is well articulated through their Family Foundation. The Foundation’s giving is firmly anchored in faith and focuses on leveraging support, accelerating changes and promoting leadership in five main areas, namely arts, community, justice, and education leadership. By the year 2015, the Devos Family Foundation had given out more than $11.6 million which saw the foundation ranked 24th among the America’s top charitable givers.