To date, over $139 million has been made in charitable donations by Dick and Betsy Devos. They rank 24th on the America’s Top Giver list that is produced by Forbes. Betty has had a strong drive to make positive reform changes within the school system and dating back to 1990 Betsy started a foundation that would provide low income families in Michigan with educational scholarships. She felt that since her children had the opportunity to attend any school they wanted, other children should also have this right. With her philanthropy deeply rooted in the educational advancement for children; Betsy decided to serve on two nationally known education boards in the early 1990’s.
Betsy Devos served on boards for The American Education Reform Council and Children First America, both are non profit 501(c)3 charities. Betsy and her husband were dedicated to childrens education and worked to pass a charter school bill in Michigan. They wanted all children to have access to lively, safe and fun educational institutions. While Betsy focused much of her time on educational reform and philantropy, she also maintained a political career. Betsy served for sixteen years for the Michigan Republicn party as a local precinct delegate. From 1992-1997 Betsy was Michigans Republican National Committeewoman and from 1996-2000 she held the position of chairwoman for the Michigan Republican Party.
In addition to working with charter schools and scholarship fundraisers, Betsy has other extensive philanthropy donations to help educational advancement at various institutions. She has made donations to Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, New Urban Learning, Ferris State University, Northwood University, Wyoming baed Potter’s House, New Mexico based Rehoboth Christian School and the West Michigan Aviation Academy just to name a few. Since 1989 The Devos family has donated more then seventeen million dollars towards replublican political candidates and committees.Betsy Devos was also known as a avid fundraiser. She was able to raise more then $150,000 towards the Bush re-election campaign. Once Bush was re-elected, Devos held a two year position as the finance chairperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Beyond her political career, Betsy is the chairwoman of Windcrest Group and was a producer for a broadway stage play.