Mrs. DeVos also serves through volunteering her time in a variety of nonprofit positions. She is a member of national boards including the Kennedy Center’s DeVos Institute for Arts Management, Kids Hope USA and the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She also chairs the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.
Philanthropy is incredibly important for Dick and Betsy DeVos. The two work together to seek out important causes and organizations where they can make a concrete difference. The couple founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation with the goal of helping people in their community and beyond have a better life and a better education.
Mrs. DeVos is known for her passion to give families more than one choice of schools to attend. Often families in low income areas have only one choice for a school for their children. In many instances these schools may not offer the best education. There are also a lot of areas where there is crime in the schools. Parents may be focused simply on making sure their children are safe and fed. Giving parents multiple school options can be a great benefit to students who excel in certain areas.
She and her husband are especially focused on providing financial assistance to a school in their hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Potter’s House school provides a quality Christian education for students in a low income area. The DeVos’ provide scholarships that go to students whose families likely wouldn’t be able to afford the tuition at the Potter’s House without a scholarship. The DeVos’ are the schools top donors. They provided $200,000 in funding in 2015 with an additional commitment. The couple is currently the school’s largest donors.
For the DeVos family, donating funds of this magnitude is all about the positive end result they can provide for the recipient(s). Many children have been able to receive a Christian education through the scholarship program that they would not have had otherwise.
The couple is focused on reforming the education across the United States. This reformation is at the heart of everything Betsy DeVos does. Her goal is to provide more options for school choice as well as other important programs such as school vouchers. Vouchers would allow children in low income families to gain access to free or discounted school lunches.
Dick and Betsy DeVos have four children. They have been married for more than thirty years.
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