Betsy DeVos Pivotal Moment into Philanthropy Began With Education Reform

When it comes to being a leader and a reformer, the name Betsy DeVos can be associated in some way, or another. Betsy has served in the capacity of both within her 30 years of doing admirable work, for those who have needed her expertise and influence. Over the last three decades Betsy DeVos has championed efforts that have made a huge difference in the lives of many and the needed changes in dozens of organizations. Since her graduation from Calve College in Michigan, Betsy has led the charge, for philanthropy and political change to better serve the community. Whether it is through various political campaigns, political party organizations, or political action committees, Betsy has provided sustainable efforts to deliver leadership. For six years, Betsy also served as Chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party. Follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.com

Betsy’s philanthropy and charitable efforts has been to serve on many national and local boards, such as the Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, Kids Hope USA, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Betsy is widely-known and greatly-respected, for her leadership role, for being an advocate towards education reform and educational-choice programs. She is seen by those who have benefited from her tireless efforts as a change-agent, for the people of the community and the nation. Betsy continues to look for innovative solutions to bridge the gap within the education system and advance the needs of children to the public at-large.

Betsy Devos became interested in helping education programs in 1990 after her husband, Dick DeVos, won election to the State Board of Education. She quickly involved herself in a scholarship program which helped low-income families and assisting children to decide what school they could attend through the scholarship fund. Betsy identifies this as a pivotal moment in her alliance, for helping others in need and elevating her role to a more national platform. Betsy went on to serve on national boards as Chairperson with Children’s First America and American Education Reform Council, in order to expand efforts of education vouchers, and to use her leadership role to inform the public of the benefits. Betsy has continued her support of voucher programs throughout the country, and she has elevated the cause by enlightening people of what she believes is the fundamental change needed in the education system. Through her philanthropy and grass root efforts, Betsy has raised awareness to make sure people understand the core aspects of the program. In 2012, her successful efforts helped create wide-spread support of the New Orleans legislature which ultimately led to a new state-wide voucher program, enrolling almost 5,000 students in the first school year. The program has grown substantially since then. Betsy sees this as one of her greatest achievements, so far.

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