For the past 30 years, Mr. and Mrs. DeVos have been in the political limelight. Betsy has served on the Republican Committee while Dick once runs for governor on a Republican ticket. They own a company, Windquest. This organization is invested in technology, manufacturing and on sustainable energy. It launched in 1989. One of the crown jewels of their empire is the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Education has always been a dear topic to the power couple. They have built and supported nonprofit organizations like the Alliance for School Choice, the American Federation for Children (AFC).
The Future Looks Bright
Speaking in an interview with Philanthropyroundtable.org, Mrs. DeVos reiterated her confidence and optimism on the signs of progress made by the publicly funded, private choice programs across the nation. The number of students enrolling in the educational-choice programs stands at around 25,000 and this figure is expected to keep on rising, indefinitely. Essentially, the program is aimed at providing a safe environment for kids. The education savings account makes it possible for parents to save.
Michigan’s First Charter School Bill
Their motivation to set up the project arose from witnessing the suffering of the low-income parents in Potter’s House Christian School in Michigan. Dick ran for the chair of the State Board of Education and got elected in 1990. Three years later, the couple was involved in the passing of Michigan’s first charter-school bill.
Mrs. DeVos’ biggest achievement is the introduction of the tax-credit scholarship program in Florida. Moving forward, she predicts that there will be over 1 million students in their programs in the coming years once states like Louisiana and Indiana come onboard. Her only concern, however, is the issue of partisan politics interfering with the tremendous progress already made. To her, education ought to be non-partisan.
Raising Public Awareness
The couple has had to use their resources to put up billboards, web ads, mailings and even using radio stations.
About Dick DeVos
Forbes named him as the 67th richest person in the U.S with total a net worth of $5.1 billion. After serving as the president of Orlando Magic, the NBA franchise, for a while, he quit and returned to take over the helm of Amway, their family business. Dick DeVos is a top contributor to the Republican Party in his home state of Michigan. He is married to Betsy DeVos, and they have four children.