The popular and respected philanthropist Betsy DeVos has been at the center of the education reform movement for many decades and has been, in my opinion, a major part of the reason why American parents now have the chance to play a key role in the way their children are educated. I believe the work of Betsy DeVos can be seen as beginning long before she was a major part of any political group or well known philanthropist; in fact, the U.S. Secretary of Education became involved with education reform when the movement was seen as radical and Betsy herself was a mother looking for the best education for her own children.
Betsy DeVos has taken a different approach to her work to bring about education reform in the U.S. as she believes this is a civil rights issue where parents should not be punished for the zip code they live in. In my opinion, Betsy DeVos has shown a great deal of impressive leadership through her roles as the leader of many different education based groups, such as the Alliance for School Choice and the All Children Matter Super PAC focused on bringing change to the education industry across the U.S.
Over the course of her life I have discovered Betsy DeVos has been a major political contributor and donor, beginning with her days as a student at Calvin College and continuing through her work with the Republican Party of Michigan; the busy life of Mrs. DeVos in terms of business and education reform has seen her take on a range of political activities in her home state and now across the U.S. One of the major aspects of her career has been the millions of dollars provided each year to education reform groups reflecting her own take on how best to make the education system better for students from all areas of the country.
In 2015 alone, Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick provided around $3 million in support of education reform groups, plus further funding given to support groups seeking to bring attention to the education reform movement. Betsy DeVos and her husband are reported to have provided more than $139 million in charitable donations to various groups in the five areas identified by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation (dbdvfoundation.org) as of great importance across their lifetime. As part of the DeVos family that controls the direct sales company AmWay she is part of a family who, I believe, place a great deal of importance on the philanthropic aspects of life resulting in the family providing more than $1 billion in funding for various philanthropic groups.