Betsy DeVos’s Philanthropic Efforts Center Around Educational Choice

Born in Michigan on January 8, 1958, Betsy Prince was raised by parents who devoted their lives to philanthropic giving. Her dad, Edgar Prince, owned The Prince Corporations and her parents founded The Prince Foundation. When Betsy was a student at Calvin College she became interested in politics. After graduation she married her husband Dick DeVos, who shared her interests. Together they have supported improving the education for low income families both financially and through their hard work. In February of this year, after many years of advocating for educational reform, Betsy was elected U.S. Secretary of Education.

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From campus politics to educational reform, Betsy DeVos has made great strides in pursuing her goals for better educational opportunities, and she and her husband have donated millions of dollars to promote educational choice, charter schools, scholarships and voucher programs in schools. In the 1990’s she was elected the Republican’s Committee Woman for the state of Michigan. She also chaired the All Children Matter Action Committee, and was the chairwoman for the Alliance for School Choice.

Because of the donations from the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, many educational organizations have grown and prospered. Their philanthropic giving includes donations of millions of dollars to charter schools and Christian schools, the arts such as the JFK Center for Performing Arts, the Boy Scouts, many colleges and universities and charitable nonprofit agencies across America. The foundation has also supported churches, clean air groups, manufacturing, computer technology, and other companies in the U.S.

Dick DeVos’s father, Richard, co-founded Amway with Betsy’s husband Dick as the CEO. The DeVos family’s philanthropic giving has been a lifetime achievement of educational improvements, growth and change. Low income families can now afford to send their children to charter schools that they feels are best for their children because of scholarships from the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. In Florida, Michigan and other states across the country, high quality education is now available. Charter schools offer a special kind of education to their students. High school student’s educational opportunities include learning job related skills to enable them to prepare them for career they will enjoy. They learn through a hands on approach and are offered opportunities that many public schools do not offer. There is greater importance placed on subjects such as reading, math, science and computers. Visit the website U.S. Department of Education to know more.

Earlier this year Betsy Devos’s attendance at the Parent Roundtable was beneficial to parent’s of children with special needs. Recognizing Autism Awareness, Betsy Devos emphasized the need for informational groups and tools needed to help support parent’s efforts regarding their children’s education. At a previous Philanthropy Roundtable interview, Betsy explained the need for more educational choices for children, especially those from low income families.

Keith Mann, CEO of Dynamic Search Partners, Philanthropist Activities.

Dynamic Search Partners is an organization based in New York, which is dedicated to recruiting talented personnel for private equity and hedge fund firms. It was created in 2006 by Keith Mann, who holds the position of CEO and focuses on hedge funds and alternative investments.

Keith Mann is well known throughout the industry for his excellent hiring strategy and his attention to the specific requirements of firms requesting hiring assistance. An experienced professional in the industry, his company offers services in Europe, Asia and the United States regarding areas of marketing, investment and strategy.

Keith has spent 15 years in the industry, beginning his career with Dynamics Executive Search in 2002. This was followed by founding Dynamics Search Partners in 2009. As CEO, he is personally responsible for day-to-day activities of the firm.

In addition to his skills in operating his company, he is also well known for his interest in advancing educational opportunities with his philanthropist activities.

A March 3rd, 2015 article in PRNewswire reports his company’s fund raising event for Uncommon Schools which involves 42 charter public schools located in New York City, Boston, Newark, Rochester, Camden and Troy.

A BUSINESS WIRE article of January 25, 2016 reports the establishment of a Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement. This scholarship is available to one of Uncommon School’s senior graduates each year. Uncommon Schools serve approximately 14,000 K-12 students.

Keith Mann is particularly concerned regarding the recent police officer attacks. He has an Uncle who is a detective in Staten Island, which has brought this close to home. To show his support, he sent lunch to the entire 54th Street precinct in January and again in February. He stated, “Our Officers deserve to be thanked for their service, not attacked in their attempts to keep people safe.

As a person who is well known in the finance industry, he has proved himself an expert on the subject. As a result, his firm, Dynamic Search Partners, is a major provider of executive search services and alternative staffing.