Betsy and Dick DeVos Increase Education Contributions

Betsy DeVos learned at an early age that you can make a positive change if your heart and money talk. Her father, Edgar Prince, Holland industrialist, set his sights on advancing faith, family and freedom with a Christian look at life. After marrying entrepreneur, philanthropist and community activist Dick DeVos, Betsy’s goals have only gotten stronger.


Dick and Betsy DeVos have donated over $139 million in charitable contributions over their lifetime. Education is notably the most significant of all donation amounts. 26% of all donations made in 2015 were targeted toward educational causes. This number seems to be following a trend for changing the educational scenery in our country. In 2013, significant amounts were donated to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning, Northwood University in Midland, and others in an attempt to support each child that wants an education.


Opponents of the educational recourse of Dick and Betsy argue that the contributions are for political gain. Betsy is currently the U.S. Education Secretary under President Donald Trump. However, Betsy argues that their agenda is just meant to fix the one-size-fits-all public education platform.


The amount of money earmarked for charitable contributions from Dick and Betsy DeVos has doubled over the course of 5 years. Forbes listed the DeVos family as the 24th top giving in charity donations of 2015. A quarter of their fortune is spent on contributions. Although the Democratic Party continues to portray Betsy DeVos as someone that is trying to put up a smoke screen to hide her political agenda, the contributions don’t lie.


A charter aviation school was started in 2013 to teach students the fundamentals of aeronautical engineering and robotics. In addition to watching their funds being used in a resourceful way, Dick and Betsy are provided with statistical data that shows an improvement in learning. Test scores have improved dramatically for students that are classified as economically disadvantaged. 40% of these are minorities. 86% of the students graduate from the school with a full professional future ahead of them.


Education is not the only subject that Betsy sees as needing improvement. Other dollars go to community, leadership and development, Public Policy, Health & Human Services and churches.


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