On the dawn of 8th January 1958, Elsa Prince and Edgar Prince, both of Dutch ancestry, brought forth a beautiful soul to the face of the earth and named her Betsy. She grew up in Holland Michigan and attended Holland Christian High school. She later graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
She is married to Dick Devo’s and is blessed with four children. Betsy DeVos has dedicated her life to philanthropic work and her love for humanity is indisputable. In 1989, Dick&Betsy Devo’s foundation was founded and has since made groundbreaking contributions in the history of philanthropy.
In 2015, this foundation was number 24 in Forbes list of world’s top givers having committed $139million in charitable giving in their lifetime. Christian principles propel the foundation, and its areas of focus are arts, leadership, community, justice and education. I view her as a woman dedicated to creating a better world where every person has an opportunity to flourish.
In 2010, Betsy and her husband donated $22.5million to Kennedy centre to facilitate the training of art managers on how to run cultural institutions through fundraising. The centre was named Devo’s Institute of Arts Management. She was serving on the board of directors for Kennedy Center of Arts, a duty assigned to her by President George Bush.
This was the biggest donation to the centres, and Betsy’s approach of leveraging human capital to its optimum potential was lauded as practical and realistic. The Devo’s have also established a scholarship for Fee Enterprise and Entrepreneurship earned by students with a BBA from Northwood University. Check this article from New York Post.
Betsy Devo’s is an advocate for education activism and reforms, and views such as a mean of promoting God’s kingdom. She has given a lot of support to the idea of school vouchers as they would allow people attend private schools with public funding. Betsy Devo’s and her husband founded the “All children matter” foundation in 2003 that gives credits to businesses offering scholarships to private school students and also to promote school vouchers.
She served on the board of Children’s first America that sought to increase variety in school choice via vouchers and tax credits. It is no doubt that her love for education has elevated her to the heights of being the current secretary of education of the USA.
In her quest to ensuring that the community gets a quality education, Betsy Devo’s is opposed to the existence of a monopoly in the education sectors and argues that opening up the sector to competition would better the education of America.
Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.