Education of Choice- Dick and Betsy DeVos

Dick and Betsy DeVos are known to be prominent donors and gives not only supporting the charity work in the world but also the American politics. Lately, the couple has gained a lot of attention as well as critics from the public for their funding and the source of money. The DeVos family generous contributions cannot be compared to the political funding, as the charity funding is double their political funding. Betsy DeVos was a nominee for the United States of America Education Secretary a position which she which called for her vetting.

During the vetting process, Betsy DeVos had to explicitly tell the panel the source the money they contribute in both political campaigns and charity. In her statement, Betsy said that the enormous contribution which they make is funded through their Family Foundation. She went ahead and mentioned in 2015 only, they Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation contributed $11.6 million to charity which was double the amount they had giving to politics, 45.3million. The Michigan couple has been primarily making their political contributions in support of the Republican Party for an extended period.

Dick and Betsy come from giving families who have also been supporting the Republican politics. Richard DeVos is Dick’s father and the co-founder of Amway. In 2015 Rich and his children gave a contribution of about $104 million to charity. The grant gave the family a unique chance to be named in the Forbes and listed number 24 in the American’s Top Givers List. According to research as well as the report given by the family, Forbes says the family contribution is about 41.33 billion which is about $5.2 billion of the family fortune. Betsy DeVos is the daughter of the late Edgar Prince who was an American entrepreneur, a philanthropist as well as a political giver.

According to the Michigan family, wealth is not about what you wear or the car you drive instead they place their richness in giving to the community. The Devos family treasure education and it has always been a priority in their giving. In 2015, 26% of their contribution which was about $3 million of their funding was directed to the education sector, while 3% went to other bodies which support education in the United States. According to the couple, it is clear that the current American system of education was not fulfilling the dreams of the students and the country. The primary aim of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation was to give children from middle class an opportunity to choose a school of their choice and live their dream. According to Dick, their goal is to address the failing of the public education system and not to criticize the public teachers. The couple continues to support education hoping to make the American child to achieve their goals.