Betsy De Vos, well-known for her philanthropic passions and opinionated views on education, politics and business, once again is lighting the way for those who adhere to her philosophy in life: doing it at the grass-roots level.
As a born-to-wealth daughter of Dutch ancestry in Holland, Michigan, DeVos was educated at and graduated from Holland Christian High School, and graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, earning there a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Early Political Leanings Influenced By Protestant Work Ethics
As a member of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, she was influenced by neo-Calvinist theologian Abraham Kuyper, a founding figure in Christian Democracy political ideology.
Definitely believing in putting the proverbial mouth where the wallet is, she became even more involved in the political grass-roots movement of the Michigan Republican party. As the largest donor to Republican causes for decades, the DeVos family has given more than $17 million to political candidates and committees since 1989 alone.
Putting Wealth To Good Use
Making no apologies for family donations, Betsy Devos has gone on record as saying that, “We expect to foster a conservative governing philosophy consisting of limited government and respect for traditional American virtues…We expect a return on our investment; we expect a good and honest government. Furthermore, we expect the Republican Party to use the money to promote these policies and, yes, to win elections.”
Having been chosen by then President-elect Trump’s choice to be the next United States Secretary of Education, Betsy boldly stated that the present condition of American education simply was not acceptable. Praised by supporters of school choice and school voucher programs, she proceeds on a path to make American education again what it once was known by myself and others as well: excellence and progress. Visit dbdvfoundation.org to know more about their foundation.
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, having launched in 1989, has a faith-based focus. Concentrating on five areas: education, community, arts, justice and leadership, more than $11.6 million in charitable contributions have been added which rank the DeVos family as number 24 in top U.S. donors.
The main thrust of the donations has gone to hospitals, health research, arts organizations, Christian schools, evangelical missions and conservative, free-market think tanks.
That said, I believe that this is one lady and family that believe in making societal transformation with their hard-earned dollars and are proud to be among the largest givers in doing so. And what, may I ask is wrong with that?