Betsy DeVos’ best known philanthropic efforts are likely her support of Michigan and national political candidates. But DeVos’ philanthropy goes far beyond politics. In 1989 DeVos and her husband established the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation to fund a wide array of charitable endeavors in the areas of
- Western Michigan community needs;
- Access to justice;
- K-12 education reform;
- Arts capacity and leadership; and
- Leadership development.
The Bulk of DeVos’ charitable contributions are for education, healthcare, and the arts.
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Funding for Education:
Typically, Devos contributes most heavily to education causes. Since the DeVos Foundation’s creation, 26% ($35,335,000) of all contributions have gone to education.
DeVos has funded a variety of different education efforts from websites to education reform non-profits to schools. DeVos has shown a particular interest in funding both Christian and Charter schools. DeVos has also provided significant financial support to many different college programs, including medical programs, aviation programs, and food safety programs, to name just a few. Visit their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org
Funding For Healthcare And The Arts:
Healthcare and the arts are the next two leading categories of donations for DeVos. Since the founding of the DeVos Foundation, it has donated 15% ($21,317,000) of its contributions to health and human services related charities, and 14% ($19,804,000) to arts organizations.
The largest recipients of health care funding have been the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Program and various programs at Spectrum Health. In the area of the arts, DeVos’ primary recipients are ArtPrize, an annual art competition and exhibition in Grand Rapids Michigan, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Other Charitable Donations:
DeVos has also provided over $11 million in funding to churches, $7 million to public policy initiatives, $17 million to leadership development programs, and over $20 million to a wide variety of civic and community organizations.
Money isn’t the only way Betsy DeVos has served the community. She has also volunteered her expertise to several different organizations. DeVos has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Philanthropy Roundtable and the American Federation For Children. DeVos has also served on the boards of numerous other organizations including:
- The University of Maryland Devos Institute for Arts Management;
- The Washington D.C. think-tank American Enterprise Institute;
- ArtPrize international art competition; and
- The Florida education reform non-profit Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Through her extensive philanthropy, Betsy DeVos has shown that she is committed to bettering the world, particularly for children everywhere.