Nothing is more important to parents than the future and well-being of their children. Central to this idea is that best education possible. Unfortunately, is has been well-publicized that our childhood education system has been struggling and lagging behind the other nations in the world. Dick DeVos has been working hard to buck this trend. Recently, an Dick DeVos’s wife, Betsy, was interviewed on the success and wide-reaching range of their foundation. In addition to being the chairman of the foundation named after her last name, she also serves on many boards that work to improve the future of children, such as the Arts Management of the Kennedy Center, Kids Hope USA, and Foundation for Excellence in Education.
The interview explored how Betsy and Dick DeVos first got interested in education. They were pioneers with an idea decades ago that parents and children should have a role in choosing what educational model was best for their children. After all, each child is different and each child will benefit from different learning models. The DeVos partnership was a powerful duo in serving on Children First America and the American Education Reform Council. These organizations worked hard to push educational choice with tax credits and vouchers. They also got the first charter school bill passed in the state of Michigan. Charter schools give families without the funds for expensive private education a second choice outside of the public school system. These schools often offer improved and more challenging academics over their public school counterparts.
After this success, the DeVos partnership started the American Federation for Children. This organization’s hallmark achievement was starting a tax credit and scholarship program in Florida, which now boasts the largest number of charter and other schools that over 50,000 children now attend. Having so many choices ensures that parents can find the strongest educational option for their children.
Betsy and Dick DeVos have been leaders of social change for the future of the children in this country. Betsy DeVos also acts as chairperson of Windquest Group, a company that invests in clean energy and technological advance. Dick DeVos is the president of Amway and former head of the Orlando Magic, an NBA basketball franchise in Florida. Always working hard for the future of children, they have truly been pioneers for social change in this country and serve as shining examples to all philanthropists out there of what hard work and dedication can do for the community.