Betsy DeVos is the wife of Dick DeVos. Dick DeVos was the CEO and son of the co-founder of the Amway company. Betsy DeVos is an active reformer and has been since her early years in college. She was heavily involved with political activities on her campus and was the leader of many committees and organizations including serving on the board as chairman for the Michigan Republican party for six years. He husband ran for Governor in Michigan in 2006 but lost to the incumbent.
Betsy DeVos is noted for her extensive philanthropy and her work to improve schools and education. She works diligently to get new programs in underperforming schools around the country. She is working hard to help improve an ineffective school system that needs growth and funding to be able to implement programs that will help children learn more efficiently. Both Betsy and her husband Dick DeVos work extensively to give back to the community and have made philanthropy their priority to date.
They founded their foundation called The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989 in response to their wealth and desire to give back to those deserving causes that they champion. Dick DeVos has not only given to education reform but has also donated millions to the arts and to museums in various states. In 2010 Dick DeVos donated $22.5 million dollars to the Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management which was later renamed the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. They also established a scholarship for those seeking an MBA or higher at Thunderbird School of Global Management to assist in the costs of finishing school. Dick DeVos also donated extensively to the Action Institute which is based in Grand Rapids. Dick DeVos is from Michigan and likes to help the communities in the Grand Rapids area.