Betsy DeVos is renowned throughout the U.S. for her advocacy for education reforms. Her efforts have placed her at the top of the education sector as she is the current Secretary of Education. She is also a huge giver; such a generous giver that it is controversial.
Betsy DeVos Background
Betsy DeVos was born in Michigan to a family of billionaires. Her father, Edgar Prince, was an industrialist billionaire and one of the richest people in the state. She is the wife of Dick DeVos, himself a multi-billionaire and the heir to Amway marketing company.
Betsy DeVos, and the DeVos family as a whole is known for her allegiance to the Republican Party, a factor that has made her a controversial figure in the country. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com
A Generous Giver
Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick DeVos are popular for their philanthropy. The family has constantly featured on Forbes’ list of top American givers.
Much of the news about Betsy DeVos philanthropy revolves around her political ties. Her family is active in the Republican Party, and they do not hesitate to back their candidates financially. For instance, Betsy DeVos personally contributed $150,000 to former President’s George Bush re-election in 2004. To date, it is estimated that the DeVos family has contributed over $17 million to the Republican Party.
However, the DeVos contribute much more money towards other causes including charity, religion, and education. Betsy DeVos is especially keen on advocating for education reforms not only verbally but also financially. She is a big critic of the current education system which she argues does not guarantee equality for children from poor backgrounds. In 2015 alone, the DeVos contributed over $3 million towards education reforms.
The DeVos also contribute generously to other causes including charity, food security, art, and health, among others. It is estimated that they have given away over $139 million to non-political cases since 1982 to-date. This is over 90% of their political contributions. The couple also donates structures such as buildings, especially in their state. For instance, the DeVos are credited for donating a hospital close to their home designed to offer cheap medical care, especially to mothers. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.
So Why the Criticism?
In spite of their generous giving towards charity, critics have termed the DeVos philanthropy as suspicious. They have especially come under criticism for releasing their philanthropy details just recently before Betsy DeVos was named the United States Secretary of Education.
However, considering that their donations to charity far exceed their political contributions, the only thing that justifies their critics is their political affiliations. That, however, does not seem to worry them as Betsy DeVos and her husband promise, even more, donations in their effort to work for a better America.