President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has had a major impact on the education system in America, long before she was appointed by Trump. She has been a strong advocate for school choice. Betsy and Dick DeVos are the leaders of the Windquest Group. The Windquest Group financially supports technology, manufacturing and clean energy projects. The DeVos family foundation has reached the levels of influence that the Koch Brothers have and now one of the most influential conservative donors over the last few decades. Betsy DeVos and the foundation has given millions to think tanks, legal groups and institutes.
Betsy DeVos has financially supported her local community in Michigan. DeVos family has given $44 million in political contributions within Michigan. Betsy DeVos is also philanthropic and as such co-chaired the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The DeVos foundation is funding two private schools as well as the Education Freedom Fund. The EFF helps needy children so they can afford to attend private schools. The family foundation has also helped fund a variety of organizations.
Prior to joining the Trump administration, Betsy DeVos was the chair for the American Federation for Children. Betsy DeVos is also on the board of an educational think tank that was launched by Jeb Bush. The family foundation not only supports education but also funds healthcare and the arts. The DeVos foundation supports a child oncology unit at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Both Betsy and her husband have given nearly $1 million to a DC think-tank and approved another $1 million in funding for the organization American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy. The DeVos family has also contributed $10,000 to the IFJ, which is a law firm that financially supports school choice suits across the country.
The DeVos family foundation contributes financially to a number of schools including: Wake Forest, Calvin College and Ferris State University. The DeVos family has contributed to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Each year, the foundation sponsors ArtPrize, which is an international art competition held in Grand Rapids. The family’s foundation was started in 1989.
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