A Look At Betsy DeVos’ Charitable Giving

Betsy DeVos grew up in Holland, Michigan. Her father is Edgar Prince, the billionaire founder of Prince Corporation which is an automobile parts supplier. DeVos earned her bachelor’s degree at Calvin College which is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She married Dick DeVos who, as the son of Amway’s co-founder Richard DeVos, also came from a wealthy family. Both Betsy and Dick come from families with a history of generous donations to charitable causes and they have continued the tradition through their Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation which they founded in 1989.

Also in 1989, Betsy and Dick co-founded the Windquest Group and Betsy serves as its Chairwoman. The Windquest Group, which is privately held, invests in manufacturing, technology, and clean energy. The couple is also the primary investors in Neurocore for which they also serve as board members. Neurocore is a chain of brain performance centers that provides treatment for mental conditions such as autism, depression, and attention deficit disorder. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com

Betsy Devos’ philanthropy is rooted in her faith. The charitable giving that goes through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation includes 5 key areas; community, education, arts, justice, and leadership. One of the the nonprofits they fund is the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Program. This program is at the center of a network of 26 universities and children’s hospitals called the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium that seeks to find cures for childhood cancers. Due in no small part to Betsy’s donations the pediatric cancer program at this hospital has been rated #1 in the United States for the past 5 years by U.S. News and World Report. Check this article from NYPost.

Another charity that Betsy DeVos supports is the American Federation for Children. This nonprofit seeks to provide more educational choice for kids in the K-12 educational system. This organization works at the state-level in order to provide low and middle income families a choice in what school their child attends. This can include public schools, private schools, home schooling, public charter schools, virtual learning, or a combination of these different environments.

In addition to charitable giving, Betsy DeVos has also served as a board member for a number of nonprofits. Among these is The Potter’s House School for which she was an Advisory Board Member from 1994 to 2016. This school, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, provides an education to all children regardless of income level. Another board she has served on is the Great Lakes Education Project which has a mission that a child’s zip code shouldn’t determine their educational choices and outcome. This organization also supports school choice, leaving it up to the parents on what type of education a child has and where so that they can meet the best interests of their children.

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