DeVos and other family members have also engaged in healthy charitable activities in other fields that are not politic-related. A compilation presented by Forbes showed that DeVos family had donated over $1.3 billion in their lifetime as at the year 2015. This amounts to an average of 25 percent of their total net worth, which made them rank as the 24th most philanthropic family in the United States. The family has its foundation known as Dick and Besty DeVos Family Foundation. The foundation is headed by several chairs and focus on five core pillars that include education, arts, leadership, justice, and the local community. The company also supports various policy organizations including American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the family had on its own donated over 750, 000 dollars and promised to add 1 million dollars in the future.
Betsy DeVos is best known for her philanthropy work and education advocacy. She and her husband are considered to be billionaires. She is a businesswoman, an activist, and a politician who is the 11th and the current United States Secretary of Education. She was born in Holland, Michigan 59 year ago. She has been active in politics for the last 35 years after she was elected chairman of the Michigan Republic Party. Apart from being a leader, she is also a donor. She is also described as a talented fundraiser, and she raised over 150, 000 dollars for the reelection of President George W. Bush in 2004. The extended DeVos family is estimated to have donated approximately 18 million dollars to various political committees and candidates since 1989. Their donations have been more frequent in the recent years where it is estimated that they donated over 10 million dollars since 2014. Check her website for more info at betsyDeVos.com
Additionally, the DeVos family has also donated a generous amount of money to hospitals, Christian related missions, and health research activities. Over 100 million dollars donated by the family between 1999 and 2014 went to Christian Organizations such as Michigan Foundation for Traditional Values. In respect to education, the family has shown strong support for Christian Private schools, which have been estimated to have received over $8.6 million from them; Charter schools have received over $5.2 million dollars while public schools have received over 59, 000 dollars. Unique schools such as Grand Rapids High School Association have been noted to have received the largest amount of school donations totaling to about $2.39 million followed by Ada Christian School and Holland Christian Schools, which have received $652, 000 and $458, 000 respectively. Their way of giving has led them to be referred as one of the wealthiest families in Michigan. According to them, social clout does not come from the clothes or car we drive, but by how much you offer to help or give. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.