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Betsy DeVos’ Charitable Giving

I was looking up some information about Elon Musk and his giving to charitable foundations when I kept running into posts about Betsy DeVos’ charitable givings.


I was surprised that her family foundation has been giving millions to the less fortunate. I also saw giving to the education sector. I really appreciate that gesture because I think only donating into perishable things like food prevent real change among the impoverished and uneducated. I can’t help but think that Betsy thinks the same way.


Betsy gave the former CNN anchor Campbell Brown a hefty amount to launch her education site named The 74. Betsy put down $400,000 to make the launch go smoothly. I couldn’t imagine spending $400,000 on my dream home in cash, much less put that money down for a friends education website. Good on her.


Betsy Devos has a chair on the board of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy. 2 years ago in 2015 she had her family foundation donate $750,000 to the American Enterprise Institue for Public Safety. Betsy also approved another $1 million in future funding for this organization as well. The AEIPP is a Washington D.C. think tank that is known for its conservative stance on many fronts.


Betsy also donated through her family fund to the Institute for Justice. The Institute for Justice is a nonprofit law firm that funds lawsuits in America for school choice issues. There is a strong education theme with Besty when she gives. I would love to pick her brain about why she personally believe it is an important cause.


There is a strong connection with Betsy’s Christian roots that show from her tax returns. She has donated to many Christian education groups. The Grand Rapids Christian Association received $350,000 from Betsy’s foundation. Ada Christian School Society received $50,000 and the Rehoboth Christian School Association received $10,000. School choice and Christian education are large topics that have been placed on Betsy’s heart.


Betsy DeVos’ foundation donated to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to leave them with $250,000 in one transfer alone. She used to be on the board of the Performing Arts center but left to help with other projects. She donated $400,000 to ArtPrize Grand Rapids which is an art festival created by the family. I think Betsy might know how to party!


Betsy DeVos is an educational activist, a Republican politician, and a business woman. She is the wife of Dick DeVos, the once CEO of a large company named Amway. She grew up under the Christian Reformed Church’s wing as a member.


Betsy DeVos has participated in the Republican Party since 1982. She currently served as the Secretary of Education in the Donald Trump administration.


Visit http://www.betsydevos.com/ to learn more.

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