Betsy and Dick DeVos have been very influential over the years. The DeVos family has risen to the ranks of the Koch Brothers and now have become one of the most influential conservative contributors over the past few decades, contributing millions to think tanks, legal groups, institutions and other such groups. Prior to becoming Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos headed the Windquest Group, which is a foundation that invests in technology and energy projects.
Betsy DeVos is from Michigan and as such has given $44 million in political contributions to those inside the state as well as across the country. Betsy’s own activities include chairing the the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The family’s foundation currently supports two private Christian schools in Michigan and contributes funds for the Education Freedom Fund, which helps needy children afford private schools. The DeVos Foundation also contributes financially to organizations including the American Federation for Children and the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Before becoming the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos was the chair for the American Federation for Children, which is also part of the Alliance for School Choice. Betsy DeVos previously served on the board of FEE, a educational think tank started by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Along with education, the DeVos Foundation supports the arts and healthcare. The DeVos family supports the pediatric oncology at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The DeVos’ have also given more than $750,000 to the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy and already approved another $1 million for future funding. DeVos also donated $10,000 to the Institute for Justice, which is a law firm that focuses on school choice lawsuits across the country.
The DeVos family has contributed financially to several colleges and universities including: Wake Forest, Calvin College, Ferris State University and the School of Missionary Aviation Technology. The DeVos family foundation has also financially supported the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Betsy DeVos also sponsors the ArtPrize which is an international competition that takes place each year in Grand Rapids. According to the foundation’s website, the DeVos Family Foundation was started in 1989 to “serve as faithful stewards” through projects that build a stronger community.
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