Giving Back To the Community: Betsy Devos’ Philanthropic Works

Betsy DeVos is a dedicated humanitarian, education advocate, and a proven leader. Together with her husband Dick, the DeVoses have been helping the less fortunate in society, funnelling millions of dollars towards education related courses throughout America and financing republican campaigns all over the country through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Founded in 1989, dbdvfoundation.org serves the community through leadership, arts, justice, and education. Betsy DeVos is actively involved with the community. She has sat on several boards of directors including the Philanthropy Roundtable, University of Maryland’s DeVos Institute for Arts Management, Foundation for Excellence in Education, the American Enterprise Institute, and ArtPrize. She is American Federation for Children former chairman.

Personal Life

Betsy is married to Dick DeVos, a community activist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. The couple has four children, and five grandchildren. She attended Holland Christian High School and later Calvin College in Grand Rapids where she attained a Bachelor of Arts degree. Betsy DeVos is the former chair of The Windquest Group, a private management and investment firm based in Michigan. She has been active in the political scene for more than three decades. She is the four-time chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Until her recent appointment as the education secretary under the Trump administration, Betsy DeVos was using her political efforts to advance education choices.

Philanthropic Works

Many of the beneficiaries of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation are individuals, or organizations that come up with programs meant to support and uplift the community in either of the aforementioned fronts. Most of Betsy’s charitable activities reflect her family’s conservative Christian beliefs and political views. Here are some of the most recent philanthropic activities the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has been involved in over the last two years.

The foundation funded Campbell Brown’s education site. The former CNN news anchor received $400,000 through The Partnership for Educational Justice her non-profit organization devoted to the enhancement of education for the less fortunate. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has donated over one million dollars to the Washington DC-based American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy where Betsy DeVos sits on the board.

The foundation has also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to a vast array of Christian related educational organizations including the Christian Schools International, Rehoboth Christian School Association, the Ada Christian School Society, and the Grand Rapids Christian School Association. Universities and colleges have not been left behind. The foundation has donated to numerous colleges and universities in Michigan and all over the country.

Some of the major beneficiaries are the University of Maryland’s college park foundation who received half a million, Davenport University, and Ferris State University both in Michigan received $155,000 and $113,500 respectively. The organization provides financial help to many other community organizations throughout America.

Stephen Murray: The Philanthropist That Goes the Extra Mile

When you are in shoes of Stephen Murray and you have/had so many job titles such as private equity investor, president, chief executive officer of CCMP Capital, it can be hard to find time to do a lot of things. You have a lot on your plate and you have a lot to do.

Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day and you find yourself overwhelmed and stressed. The thing about the late, great Stephen Murray CCMP Capital, however, is that even if he was stressed or flustered, he never showed it.

He always smiled, always kept his focus, and never let anything get him down or get in his way. He kept his focus on what was important. While he was proud of all that he had accomplished and all that he has earned, he was most proud of being a philanthropist.

This wasn’t something, mind you, that he did for attention or to get extra praise and for people to pat him on the back. All of his charity work and good work that he did, he did it because he knew that if he were in their shoes, he would want others to do the same for him. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://observer.com/2015/02/this-old-thing-private-equity-honcho-drops-little-place-uptown-for-11m/

He believes what makes the world great is when we all work together in unison, as one, and look out for each other and help each other out as much as possible.

When it came to his work with Make a Wish, this was something that put a great big smile on his face. He always cared about helping out children and making their wishes come true and making their day a little easier.

He knew they were struggling, battling, and having a tough go of it. Because of this, he knew if he could help make a wish come true or do something for them, it would make a big difference in their battle.

When children are sick and battling, it can be hard to stay positive and hard to keep your eye on the prize.

You can find yourself feeling like you just want to give up, throw in the towel and call it a day. However, Stephen Murray believed by making wishes come true, he could give them a little extra motivation and a little extra push to keep fighting, never give up, and keep hope alive that there is a cure out there and something out there that can be done for them to make their quality of life better.