In the 1980’s, Betsy DeVos began her philanthropic career with the onset of the programs that she felt were necessary to make a difference in the educational system. She didn’t do this for the same reason that lobbyists were trying to make changes. Instead, she did this so that students would have more opportunities and they would be able to get more out of the education that they were receiving. She wanted all students to have the chance at the best education possible. In some instances, this means that students need the chance to be able to attend a private school.
The first opportunity that Betsy DeVos took to make sure that she was creating reform in the school system was the creation of a voucher program. This allowed students the chance to be able to go to private school. The only difference in these students and the ones who attended the school in a traditional way was that they were able to pay with vouchers instead of having to pay cash for the education that they were going to receive from the private school. It made a difference in the way that things were done for children and for families who could not afford it. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.
After Betsy DeVos realized that the program was working and was something that was going to work well for children who came from families of poverty, she wanted to do more to be able to help them. She also wanted to show them what she was going to get out of the different opportunities for them and that allowed them the chance to see that they could do more with the educational opportunities that they had. They could take their lives and their careers even further than what they were able to do in the past with a public education.
As Betsy DeVos created more opportunities for students and showed them different things that they would be able to do in different situations, she learned a lot about the educational system. She is now an expert on the system and knows the right way to be able to do things. she has used her organization to help people out and to make sure that they are getting the best educational opportunity possible. She knows that this is an extremely important part of education and it will make a huge difference for the students who she helps out throughout her career.
Betsy DeVos not only works to make things better for students on her own but she has also gotten her entire family involved with the process. This is something that she is confident with and something that she knows how to do the right way. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.