Betsy DeVos may well be a well known education reformer, but I have also become aware of a wide range of philanthropic and good causes backed by one of the best known residents of Michigan. In my own opinion, Betsy DeVos should be admired for maintaining her integrity over a long and varied philanthropic career that has often been focused on reforming the U.S. education system; exploring the philanthropy and life story of Betsy DeVos allowed me the opportunity to see just how important Michigan remains to both she and husband Dick DeVos who share the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation charitable group (dbdvfoundation.org).
Both the DeVos family Betsy joined when she married Dick and her own Prince family have long histories of philanthropic giving afforded them by the success both families have achieved in business throughout Michigan and the world as a whole. Born in Holland, Michigan, I was happy to discover Betsy has remained a resident of her home state and is now a resident of Grand Rapids; the mother of four is a dedicated Calvinist and has used her own fortune to back a number of business initiatives across Michigan through The Windquest Group investment company she and Dick DeVos partner in. Placing the focus on Michigan has always been an important part of the life and work of Betsy DeVos, particularly during her time as a Presidentially appointed Director of the Kennedy Center for the Arts.
I believe the most significant gains made in the philanthropic career of Betsy DeVos have been made in the education field which has become the main cause the Calvin College graduate has undertaken as her personal project. My view of her work in education reform is that she performed a series of amazing political and philanthropic miracles in giving families across the U.S. a chance to explore school choice options for the very first time. A strong supporter of the Detroit Charter Schools project, I believe Betsy DeVos can be seen as a key figure in making sure each and every individual has the chance to start their educational career in the best possible environment. The backing Betsy has provided for a charter school in Grand Rapids, Michigan that provides an education in aviation is one of the pinnacles of her achievements, which I believe will stand for many years alongside her own West Michigan Aviation Academy. Follow Betsy on Twitter.