Philanthropy is an honorable and good deed that has always attracted praise. For the DeVos, however, philanthropic activities have recently attracted a lot of criticism from critics as well as rivals. Betsy DeVos, in particular, has been at the receiving end ever since she was nominated to become the Secretary of Education for President Donald J. Trump’s administration. However, the DeVos have not been taking the criticism quietly. In fact, they have provided records of their philanthropic activities dating several years back.
Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick DeVos are popular and unpopular in equal measures for their contributions to the Republican Party. The DeVos family, in general, has always been a generous donor to the Republican Party, and the DeVos are closely involved with U.S. politics; in fact, Dick DeVos once contested for the governor’s seat in the State of Michigan in 2006.
The DeVos philanthropy records show that they have donated millions of dollars towards political causes over their lifetime. However, the exact figure is insignificant compared to their contributions to the society. Follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.com
Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick DeVos have contributed over $139 million to all sorts of charities over their lifetimes. They have not always been open about this, but they were compelled to release the information following the aforementioned criticism and speculation.
Betsy DeVos is known for her intense interest in education. Consequently, most of these funds have gone towards improving the quality of education in the U.S. The funds are channeled to diverse education organizations across the country. Betsy DeVos and her husband donated about $3 million to education charities all over the U.S in 2015 alone.; $357,000 of the money went to organizations that champion for education reforms as Betsy DeVos is a staunch critic of the current public education system.
The DeVos also donate towards many other causes that all aim at making the U.S. and the world a better place. For instance, they have contributed towards improving the health of the sick and needy who cannot afford quality healthcare. They have also contributed towards nutrition, art, and religion, among many other causes. Combined, these other causes received about 74% of the DeVos total contributions for 2015, which totaled to about $11.6 million.
The Truth, or a Diversion?
The DeVos have not always been open about their philanthropic activities, and critics are skeptical about the real intention of their recent transparency. Many critics argue that it is a desperate move to divert the people’s attention away from their generous political donations. However, the records have not been dispelled, and regardless of the intention, the donated funds have done more for the society than they have for politics. Check this article from New York Post.