Betsy DeVos is the best female Role Model

All of us need an idol, somebody that we can look up to and admire. When we have a proper role-model, we see what the best of humanity has to offer, and it empowers us to become as great, or even greater, than the one we idolize. Unfortunately for the girls of the current generation, there are not many worthy idols to look up to. Far too many adult women promote promiscuity, encourage partying and drug use, and exemplify what it is like to be a vengeful backstabber. With so few worthy people to look up to, where can our young girls turn? I would like to submit that one person that girls can look up to is Betsy DeVos.


Girls should look up to Betsy DeVos for a variety of reasons. The first reason to look up to Betsy DeVos is that she began life with a solid foundation. Her solid foundation came when she attended the Holland Christian High School and later Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our young girls today need to realize the choices we make now impact our futures. If we start right, we have a better chance to end right.


The second reason to look up to Betsy DeVos is that she spread her values and ideas. Betsy felt that the best way to spread her ideals was to join the Republican Party and serve in an office. During her time in politics, DeVos functioned as the Republican National Committeewoman in Michigan. She filled this role from 1992 to 1997. Beginning in 1996, she would sit as the Chairwoman of the Republican Party in Michigan until the year 2000 which is when she stepped down. She was approached again in 2003 about serving in this capacity yet again.


Betsy DeVos would also serve as the chair of several super PACs. DeVos sat on the board for the “Alliance for School Choice.” She also took on a leadership role for All Children Matter.


The most influential position DeVos holds which has allowed her to promote her views is the Secretary of Education for the United States of America.


The third reason to look up to Betsy DeVos is that her faith drives the changes she makes. In a world where God has been left aside, DeVos knows that Judeo-Christian is what made this country civilized.


The fourth reason to look up to Betsy DeVos is that she is very generous. Many rich people have the reputation of hoarding their wealth. Not so with DeVos. She and her husband are number 24 on the Forbe’s list of most influential givers. In 2015 she gave over $11 million to charity. Her total contributions are $139 million.


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Dick DeVos- American based Philanthropist and Businessman

Dick DeVos is an entrepreneur currently living in Michigan, USA. Throughout his business career, Dick DeVos has worked in a number of executive jobs at the NBA’s Orlando Magic, Amway, and the Windquest Group; where he currently functions as its Chief Executive Officer. Dick DeVos together with his wife Betsy DeVos founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Through the organization, the family has been able to use its wealth in different charitable endeavors.

In 2015, the foundation contributed 11.6 million dollars in various charitable endeavors. The prior focus of the foundation is to better the education of the people in the society. Therefore, out of the 11.6 million dollars, Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation used 3 million dollars to educational causes and another 357,000 dollars as an award to different organizations supporting education reform. According to an interview with the MLive and The Grand Rapids Press, DeVos said that the present-day school system was not satisfying the American ambition. Therefore, Dick DeVos says that the main aim of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is to tackle the shortcomings of the one-size-fits-all public education platform by finding a more efficient school system.

In 2013, the primary beneficiaries of the foundation’s contributions were Dick DeVos’ alma mater Northwood University in Midland (200,000 dollars), Ferris State University in Big Rapids (100,000 dollars), West Michigan Aviation Academy (315,000 dollars), and the Rehoboth Christian School in New Mexico (50,000 dollars). Besides, other beneficiaries include Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning (25,000 dollars), Potter’s House in Wyoming (301,000 dollars), and the Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids (50,000 dollars).

Apart from education, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation also focus on Arts and Culture. Thus, the couple donated a 21 percent of the total charitable donation to matters related to Arts and Culture in 2015. The foundation has also used 22 million dollars as a contribution to the starting of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management (University of Maryland). Moreover, the couple also supported Michael Kaiser’s efforts to reinforce the business side of arts organizations.

The rest of the donation is divided into the following: civic, community and other (16 percent); leadership and development (13 percent); Public Policy (12 percent), Health & Human Services (5 percent) and churches (4 percent)

Besides the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Dick DeVos is also associated with Orlando Magic Basketball, The Heritage Foundation, Great Lakes Education Project, Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan, Spectrum Health, Michigan Republican Party, HydrAid BioSand Water Filter, and West Michigan Aviation Academy. Also, others include Amway Global, The Stow Company, ArtPrize, Northwood University Alumni and Friends, The Windquest Group, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and Alticor.