Education is a Huge Priority for Betsy DeVos

When President Trump was inaugurated, the process began to get his choices for Cabinet members confirmed. One of those choices was Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos. Betsy DeVos is being considered for the position of the United States Secretary of Education. There is a lot of talk about her if she were to be confirmed, but her history proves she is more than capable for this position.

Betsy was born and raised in Michigan and has been a Michigan resident her whole life. She graduated from Holland Christian High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

She began her political endeavors in 1976 when she volunteered her time with President Gerald Ford. In 1982, Betsy DeVos became involved with the Michigan Republican Party and was elected as the Chairman for the party four times.

In addition to her political work, Betsy is also involved in many business organizations. Betsy is the chairwoman for Windquest Group, a company that she and her husband founded. This company invests in technology for clean energy. The couple was also involved, serving as board members and investors, for Neurocore. This company studies brain disorders.

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Betsy and her husband Dick created the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. This is an organization that works through charitable giving. They focus on five different areas: education, community, the arts, justice, and leadership. The foundation works to improve these areas in many ways.

Dick DeVos focuses on the community aspect of the organization. He is very active in the Grand Rapids, Michigan community and has been working hard to revitalize the downtown area. Betsy focuses more on the education aspect of the foundation. DeVos has been an advocate for education since her ‘20s. She believes that all students should have access to a top-notch education no matter where they live.

Betsy has publicly stated that she is not a supporter of Common Core but does believe in high standards, strong accountability, and that control of the schools should be at the local level. Betsy was heavily involved in many changes that were implemented to the Detroit school system.

Betsy DeVos has served her community in one way or another her entire adult life. Through her work with her foundation, she has been working to improve education for children all over the country. Her work has been noticed by many high-ranking political officials to include President Trump. The confirmation process has begun for her nomination for Education of Secretary. Time will tell how it plays out.

Entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky Gives Back To The Community Through Philanthropy

Serial entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky has developed a reputation as an astute business person and as one of the country’s foremost philanthropists. Lefkofsky reportedly has a net worth of approximately $1.6 billion. He built his fortune by starting and managing numerous businesses. Most recently Lefkofsky has served as the Chairman of the Board of Groupon, as the founder and CEO of Tempus, a company which hopes to use data to cure cancer by assisting physicians in providing personalized cancer treatment, and as founder and managing director of Lightbank, a venture capital firm specializing in disruptive technology businesses. Rather than spend his riches, Lefkofsky has decided to put much of it back into the community through his philanthropy endeavors.

The Lefkofsky Family Foundation:

In 2006 Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Liz formed the Lefkofsky Family Foundation as the primary vehicle for their charitable giving. Through the foundation, the Lefkofskys support charitable endeavors in the areas of education, the arts, medical research, and human rights.

The Foundation has donated millions to over 50 organizations. The Lefkofskys are noted for their donations to disadvantaged schools, before and after school programs, and programs that promote innovative education. The Foundation has also been a strong supporter of efforts to cure cancer and other diseases. They have also donated millions to local Chicago arts and cultural groups.

Some of the groups the Foundation have supported include:

Comer Children’s Hospital;
American Brain Tumor Association;
NorthShore University Health System;
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center;
Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital;
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center;
Chicago Institute of Art;
Citizen Schools;
After School Matters;
Planned Parenthood;
Academy for Urban School Leadership; and
Several Chicago theater groups.
The Giving Pledge:

The Lefkofskys have also shown their life-long commitment to philanthropy by signing The Giving Pledge. The Giving Pledge is an effort founded by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet in 2010. The program hopes to gain commitments from the world’s wealthiest to donate the majority of their net worth to charitable endeavors. In 2013 the Lefkofskys signed the pledge and committed to donate over half of their wealth to charity.

Community Involvement:

Lefkofsky (www.lefkofsky.com/) has not limited his charitable endeavors to just donating money. He has also committed considerable time and energy to personally working for charitable organizations. He has volunteered his time for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Steppenwolf Theater Company. Lefkofsky was also a key player in Chicago’s efforts to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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