It is factual that Dick and Betsy DeVos garner massive attention from their active participation in political donations. Active as they may be in political contributions, the two have managed to contribute approximately $139 million towards charity. Being the best nominee for Education Secretary in the U.S., Betsy’s contributions towards Republicans and the choices of school were investigated following rumors that the couple was going to come clean about the millions they have spent in funding charity organizations.
According to their family foundation, in 2015, the couple donated $11.6 million towards charity. This amount doubled the $5.3 they channeled to the political arena for campaigns over the past five years. The couple’s history in politics roots from their origin. The family dynasty has been actively involved on the Republican side with Dick’s father being the head cheerleader. Dick’s father has initially donated over $104 million towards charity. This ranked the DeVos family 24th on Forbes program dubbed ‘America’s Top Givers.’ Forbes estimated the DeVos’ extended family capacity for donation to be $1.33 billion. Betsy’s background equally shows that she comes from a wealthy family with a high political context in giving donations.
With their academic credentials and careers, Dick and Betsy have succeeded in capitalizing on education in their charity. In 2015, the couple donated over $3 million towards education. This estimated 26% of their yearly donations. Additionally, their family foundation has awarded $357,000 to organizations in charge of education reform. According to DeVos’s, the amount spent in school reflects their commitment to improving the education system. The couple’s dream to transform the education system rooted from a realization that the system offered below average standards. The system was hardly fulfilling the American dream. With kids growing up in the wrong environment, DeVos’ chipped in to better the situation.
About DeVos Family Foundation
Dick and Betsy DeVos commit to being faithful servants of the people. Their work in the family foundation focuses on education, arts, justice and community leadership. The couple launched the family foundation in 1989 with the aim of giving back to the society. Dick is an active participant in the community. He is part of the Grand Action board and serves as the leader. He is also a member of the Council of Grand Rapids Club, Spectrum Health, and Willow Creek Association. Betsy champions the implementation of top-notch education through the family foundation. She is the current Secretary for Education. Her appointment to the post has seen her less active in the family foundation because she has chosen to concentrate on the job.