Betsy DeVos: A Lifetime of Philanthropy and Giving

Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos have both worked in prestigious positions in both the political and business sectors. The couple is known as one of this country’s largest conservative funders of a variety of philanthropies, charities and non-profits. Everything from conservative groups to Christian non-profits to, of course, educational causes, the DeVos family has contributed millions of dollars through their non-profit The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. While the DeVos’s are best known for their political sway and funding, the two know that they are incredibly blessed and giving back to the non-profit sector is a cornerstone of their giving.

 

While I firmly believe that all types of contributions are important, no matter the size, the DeVos family’s lifetime giving is estimated to be around $1.3 billion and yes, that’s billion, not million. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation recently came in at number 24 on Forbes’ list of “America’s Top Givers.” The DeVos family’s charitable giving has spanned generations and has now been instilled on the family’s two children, who also regularly contribute to a variety of groups.

 

Donating to Causes She Believes In

Betsy and Dick DeVos are strong believers in conservative political views as well as passionate about their Christian beliefs. This is strongly reflected in many of the areas that they donate to. For example, Betsy DeVos works closely with the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy. The DeVos Family Foundation recently donated $750,000 to the Institute for Public Policy. They also donate to various organizations that seek to serve and facilitate the views of conservative students at various colleges throughout the country.

 

Betsy DeVos also helps support two schools in her home of Grand Rapids Michigan. These schools are funded under The Potter’s House, a Christian School. Betsy DeVos provides over $200,000 in funding annually and much of that money goes directly to providing scholarships. These scholarships go to children that typically come from low income families that can not afford to pay the tuition to give their children a quality Christian education. It also goes to much needed programs in the Grand Rapids area surrounding the school, which can be beneficial to at risk youth in the area.

 

Many of the Christian based groups that Betsy DeVos donates to are also education related. For example, she is an annual supporter of the Grand Rapids Christian School Association and the Ada Christian School Society.

 

Additionally, the DeVos Family Foundations donates to various colleges throughout the country. This includes a donation to Maryland’s Arts Management school, where there is a building dedicated to the DeVos Family.

 

Having someone in such a high leadership position in our country be so committed to philanthropy gives me great hope for America’s future.

 

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Entrepreneur Jason Hope Talks the Integration Between the Internet of Things and Consumer Goods

The Internet of Things is essentially a network of devices that have chips in them that allow them to send and receive information to and from other devices. The concept has not been quick to catch the public’s attention the way that other technologies such as social networking and communication have but it is an important development that is sure to be more than a trend. In a lot of ways one might say that the Internet of Things has been hiding in plain sight.

One conversation that is somewhat related to the Internet of Things has been taking place in the world of fashion. Fashion insiders have debated whether or not there is a way to integrate technology into fashion in a form that will catch on with consumers. One of the biggest experiments in wearable technology actually did not take place in the fashion industry but in the tech industry. That experiment was a little thing that was known as Google Glass. The first iteration of the smart glasses were a failure in part because they looked somewhat clunky. Even though Google Glass is a work in progress other companies have not given up on integrating clothing into the Internet of Things.

Over on the website The Bro Talk entrepreneur and Internet of Things enthusiast Jason Hope sited one good example of a company that is helping to make athletic wear go high-tech. Hope cited the example of the company Under Armour which, according to his piece, is creating a smart sneaker. The smart sneaker that Under Armour has developed will differ from the standard tennis shoes in that a fitness tracker will be integrated into its design. These shoes will actually be able to record data about health-related metrics as the owner wears them helping to usher in the future where the Internet of Things actually impacts health that Hope has often written about. These devices show that the impact of the Internet of Things will go beyond merely impacting household appliances but will soon be integrated into things that are overlooked parts of our everyday life.

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