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Education and Political Donors-Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation

The DeVos family has been known not only for their political contributions but also for their philanthropic and charitable contributions in the United States of America. In 1989 the family established a foundation; Dick DeVos Family Foundation and through the foundation they have been at the forefront of assisting other non-profit organization in a variety of sectors. The DeVos family is Christians and due to they’re strong believe in God they have been able to accomplish a lot in their charity activities. Through the years Dick and Betsy DeVos have been assisting organizations with them the education sector. It is for this reason that the United States President preferred Betsy DeVos as the secretary for Education.

Recently the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation contributed about $10million to a broad range of organizations and made a pledge to contribute another $3.2 million which was to be paid in the future. Other contributions that the family has been making include supporting Loudspeaker Media Inc. assisting Campbell Brown who is a former anchor at CNN launch her education site; The 74. Dick and Betsy approved over $400000 for the project. The contribution was towards Brown’s non-profit education organization; The Partnership for Educational Justice. Their contribution in the education industry cannot go unmentioned. The DeVos Family Foundation contributed $150000 to Success Academy Charter Schools and promised another $150000 in the future. Eva Moskowitz who is the founder of the New York Charter School Chain was happy for the contribution and said that she was amazed. The Great Schools Inc. also received $5000 from Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.

Dick and his wife Betsy began their contribution in the education sector by supporting the Potters House Christian School in Grand Rapids. In 2015 the school received about $200000 from the family foundation. Their contribution has not only been experienced in the education sector but also in other sectors including; a donation of 4750000 to the Washington D.C think tank and promised to donate another $1milion in the future. Political contributions and also charitable donations have been the family’s character ever since. The family has been making their contributions mainly in Michigan. The donations began with contributions from Rich DeVos who was the co-owner of Amway which was a privately owned firm. Rich DeVos is considered to be the second richest man in Michigan. Their political support has been for the conservatives. The family’s contributions have been listed by Forbes magazine and they appeared among the top 50 givers in the world. It is reported that in 2013 the DeVoses support was about $90.9 million. Their support is not only felt in the United States but in more than 82 countries in the world. Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation also offer planning advice as well as gifts to the organizations they have been supporting.

 

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