Winds of Change from a Woman of Change – Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos is a woman renowned for her philanthropy and fight for justice for those with unfair barriers preventing them from taking advantage of opportunities to thrive in life through her family’s foundation, “The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation”, which was founded in 1989 as a means of giving back to the community. Betsy has served as the chairman for the American Federation for Children and The Philanthropy Round Table board of directors, along with many other national and local boards. She has also served and been in politics for over 35 years, with many elections proving she’s the lady of choice when it comes to satisfying the needs of people, and especially children. Betsy is a firm believer that no matter what economic background, and no matter what location, every child deserves good quality education, and has been involved with education issues for 28 years. She is an activist, an entrepreneur, and a proud wife, mother, and grandmother. Follow Betsy on Twitter

The DeVos family gradually moved into philanthropy. When they were raising their children, they had the monetary means to send their children to the best schools for them without struggling. However, the more the DeVoses visited these private schools, the more they saw that some parents had to sacrifice so much to make sure that their children were able to get a decent education in a safe and stimulating environment. That is when they decided to start helping other students’ families one at a time. As this commitment grew larger, in 1990 Dick ran for, and was elected to, the State Board of Education. Betsy DeVos became involved in starting a foundation that gave scholarships to low-income families to help their children have a fair start in life despite their families’ income.

The focal points of the DeVos Foundation are in the improvement of communities, equal opportunities in education, developing and promoting the arts, establishing justice, and encouraging leadership. Most notably, however, is her choice to assist through her reforms in non-profit positions. One of Betsy’s larger accomplishments include her philanthropy, supporting the American federation for Children, ArtPrize, and the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Program. The DeVos Family Foundation has also poured millions into to schools and educational foundations, including $250,000 to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, $350,000 to the Grand Rapids Christian School Association, $500,000 to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, and $1.8M to the Xprize Foundation, just to name a few.

If more people with the means to help others in such a manner as did the DeVoses, the world would be a better place. There are so many children who could use an actual helping hand to get a fair chance at this life. Visit to know more about Betsy.

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