Dick and Betsy DeVos lift the veil on their $139M in philanthropy
Dick and Betsy DeVos have always attracted a lot of attention. This can be attributed to their donations on political platforms. This however is very small in relation to the many contributions that they make to charity drives across the country.
When their contributions to republicans are being investigated the two are making contributions to charity through their foundation. They have lifted the veil on philanthropic giving that was there before giving millions in donations. Compared to the $5.3 million that the couple donated to campaigns, the couple has donated around $11.6 million to charitable organizations through their family foundation. They are part of a family dynasty that has involved themselves in republican politics for many years.
Dick and Betsy DeVos have always prioritized their giving to education. This is clear looking at the over $3 million that they gave to education causes. They also gave a significant amount of donations to groups that are dedicated towards reforms in the education sector. The couple says they prioritize education reforms because they have noted that the current system does not fulfill the American dream. They saw the problem as a civil rights problem.
The couple says that they want to address the platform of ‘one size fits all’. They say that the platform has failed but the same should not be taken as a criticism of the workers noting that there are many teachers that are dedicated to their work.
Contrary to what critics say that the donations are meant to drive the Devos’ agenda through, the couple maintains that the donations meet the criteria of being called charitable organizations. They say most of the donations are meant for assisting the targeted people directly.
Dick and Betsy DeVos changing institutions, and the face of their hometown
The Devos’ have been at the forefront of changing the fortunes of their community and their hometown in general. This can be seen when they opposed the contraction of a multipurpose sports facility and arena in 1991. They opposed the idea because they thought that the construction would have the same negative effects as other previous constructions that had been done before in the same area.
Dick and Betsy DeVos have used their family fortunes to try and change the fortunes of their community through policy change and changing of institutions. They have used their donations to influence the change of state laws that have an effect on education and labor.
One of the major successes that they have had is the transformation and expansion of charter schools. Their transformation agenda is geared towards the goal of having children from poor families have the same opportunities as their other counter parts.