Whilst most average Americans might know of Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education within the Trump Administration, she was well known long before she made the difficult but ultimately successful foray into politics. For over thirty years, Betsy DeVos has dedicated herself to political reform, whether in the arena of education or philanthropy or both. As might be expected from someone with such a diverse and ever expanding range of ventures, Mrs. DeVos also rose to become a leader of numerous different philanthropic and educationally reformist political groups. These groups and initiatives have been primarily recognized as indicative of Ms. DeVos’ innovation and creativity when it comes to finding economical solutions to social problems across the board. One of the best examples of this is the Windquest Group, which Mrs. DeVos created with her husband and notable politican and former NBA manager, Dick DeVos. The Windquest Group is a private, grouping of various different corporations that works to invest in manufacturing and energy.
Mrs. DeVos is also the chair of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, a nonprofit focused on education and the arts for the upcoming generations. Mrs. DeVos has stated in several public interviews that the source for her philanthropy work was visiting the Potter’s House Christian School with her husband. Potter’s House Christian School was wholly dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor in the Grand Rapids Area and making sure that low income families had access to a fine and safe education environment for their children. Mrs. DeVos noted that it struck her instantly that she and her husband were well off enough that they could send their children to any school in the country, to the DeVos Family the matter of education was simply a non-issue, but to so many of the less financially secure individuals at the Potter’s school this was not the case.
It was this intensive sympathy and recognition at how easy it was to help people that catapulted Mrs. DeVos into a career that would eventually find her creating a tax credit scholarship program in Florida, a event that she still names as her most successful creation.
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