Born Elizabeth Prince 59 years ago, Betsy DeVos is the 11th Education secretary in America. She is daughter to the owner of Prince Corporation, billionaire Edgar Prince, the prince corporation supplies automobile spare parts and sister to America’s military contract firm Blackwater founder and a former Navy seal. Mrs. DeVos is an alumnus of Calvin College, where she graduated with an Arts degree. She is also involved in education policy advocacy and is a staunch supporter of education choice across 25 states. She was Windquest Group’s former chair, the firm deals in enterprise management and is also involved in other investments. Her Husband, Dick DeVos is Amway’s business empire heir apparent.
Mrs. DeVos is big on philanthropy work, inclining heavily towards education policy and arts and is heavily involved in her family foundation.
DeVos Family Foundation
Started in 1989, the foundation has managed charitable donations of over $11.6 million to various institutions cutting across different sectors of the society. They include research institutions, Christian schools and evangelic missions, arts, the conservative party and free market policy and advocacy institutions. Together with her husband, their net contribution stands at $139 million. Apart from this, the foundation is credited with funding a pregnancy rescue center, and educational fund in Michigan, and action institute and also giving about $8.6 million to various Christian schools with public schools getting $59,750 and charter schools $5.2 million
Philanthropy in Arts
She has given about $22.5 million to Kennedy Center’s for performing arts in funding towards building a center to help train boards of directors sitting in cultural institutions and also the managers, on how to fundraise money for their institutions, the training also covers fund management.
Founded by Dick DeVos in 2009, Art prize has an idea of having artists from around the world compete with any other artist. Interested artists connect via the website set up by the organization and then take part in an arts festival that features artists competing in a unique way, in that an artist can set up any venue within Art prize’s locations to showcase their work. The locations vary in nature and include wall, lobbies and bars, bridges, bars to restaurants and sometimes theaters. A public vote is then taken on the website and the winner walks away with $50000 cash prize.
Betsy DeVos hopes that through her philanthropy and charity work in the education reform sector, all children regardless of where they grow up or come from within the US, may have a choice in getting the best in terms of education. Betsy commits to ensuring that only the best is achieved throughout the education reforms. She commits to working with like-minded project managers.
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