Leader and Giver: Betsy DeVos Shows the Way

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When it comes to doing right in the community, Betsy DeVos is no stranger to it. She has done a number great things for her home state of Michigan in the name of philanthropy. In fact, she gave over one billion dollars of her own money along with her husband in her lifetime.

 

Many of the causes that DeVos gives to are education based. For example, in the inner city, especially of Detroit, kids that are minorities were struggling to attend school. By teaching the educators innovative ways to engage them, class attendance shot up 30%.

 

DeVos is also the chair of the Education Freedom Fund. It helps kids in Michigan get scholarships to attend the higher education system of their choice. She also gives out a scholarship to those students who show a business mind. This has resulted in many students going to get their MBAs and other higher level degrees. A related charity she is helping with is Choices for Children. It allows parents to qualify for tax credits and send their children to the best charter schools possible.

 

Betsy DeVos sits on the board of her own company owned by she and her husband. They help in a variety of community angles: schools, churches, food, the arts, education, social services, and economics. In 2013, she gave $90 million in funds to these causes.

 

For example, some people in the inner city only need the basics like access to fresh food, water, and shelter. Some additional things like a drivers license are what others would take for granted, but she helped people access these and women’s shelters too. One woman, Mel Trotter, was able to run her entire life around in a matter of 40 days with a job and housing.

 

DeVos isn’t just involved in education or giving her money to people. She also gets in and helps bring different parts of the community together for positive change. She pioneered a movement to get city officials together with business people in Detroit to reduce the problem of crime in the downtown area. Now, the area is safe than it has ever been before.

 

From making schools a better place to learn, to making Michigan a healthier state with more options to health care, DeVos has dedicated herself to helping others. Not everyone in the public eye has done as much as DeVos to assist those in need.

 

If there is one thing Betsy DeVos has showed in her career and philanthropy, it’s that caring does make a difference in peoples’ lives. When you reach out and give money, time, effort, knowledge, or even compassion, special things can happen. And that’s why DeVos is the leader in her field.

 

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