Betsy DeVos the education reformer and great philanthropist

Recently appointed U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a terrific philanthropist and education reformer who has been politically active for over 30 years. Philanthropy Magazine had the opportunity to speak with Mrs. DeVos, prior to her Education Secretary appointment, about her work in education reform and school choice.

 

She started off the interview indicating she was very optimistic about the movement of publicly funded, private-choice school programs. She cited some examples of states that either expanded or developed new programs, while providing vital statistics backing up her information. She made clear her contention that public schools in many cases are failing. She feels that once people realize what problems existed in the public school system, people would be more open to what were once considered radical reforms. Reforms like tax credits, vouchers, and education savings accounts.

 

Mrs. DeVos stated that no one specific incident drew her in to the movement. It came over time as she and her husband Dick made numerous visits to a Christian school (Potter’s House Christian School). Potter’s House was serving much of Grand Rapids, Michigan and their low-income families, having done so for 30 years. The DeVos’ started off supporting individual students, which grew into a larger commitment.

 

While helping parents from low-income families, Betsy get involved by starting a foundation that gave low-income families scholarships, enabling them to decide where to send their children to school. This was how she became involved in the education-choice movement. She went on to outline the roles she served in the 1990s and in 2000, which involved serving on the boards of two charities.

 

She elaborated on her political career and initiatives she was active with through her political action committee in Michigan. The she sketched out the history of her involvement with AFC, including what the program was all about as well as how legislation was passed.

 

She cites as great successes her work in Florida with their tax-credit scholarship program. She explained in detail the major advances in Louisiana and Indiana, and her involvement in those states.

 

Betsy feels that educational-choice programs can be worked on on a bipartisan level. She explained her ideas on the virtues of grassroots activity. And in individual questions and answers, she touted the methods of digital learning, homeschooling, and charter schools. She concluded by outlining how she spent her time working and volunteering in her myriad number of interests.

 

Betsy is married to billionaire businessman Dick DeVos, whose father co-founded Amway. Betsy’s family is wealthy as well. Her father founded the Prince Corporation in Holland, Michigan, a corporation that turned into a billion-dollar entity.

 

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The monetary charitable contributions the DeVos’ have made is mind-boggling. Over their lifetimes, they have made contributions totaling almost $139 million, with $11.6 million of that coming in 2015 alone. Forbes put the extended DeVos family’s lifetime giving at $1.33 billion, or about %25 of their estimated fortune. There should be no doubt that Betsy, Dick, their four children, and other DeVos family members will continue to make generous, heartfelt contributions for years to come, benefitting so many both locally and nationally.

Flavio Maluf’s Search for Perfection

Flavio Maluf has always been a perfectionist and believes that it has helped and continues to help his professional career. His immaculate career began in 1987, when he joined Eucatex Group’s trade division. Eucatex is his family’s ceiling, insulation and laminate business in Brazil. The Maluf family is a well known family in Brazil and expectations were high, but from the very beginning his family and peers knew Flavio was gifted. Read more on Business and Economics about FlavioMaluf

Eucatex Group was founded in 1951 by Flavio Maluf’s uncle. Mr. Maluf’s father is also a renowned politician and entrepreneur. Flavio’s father is the founder of Grandfood, which is a renown international food supplier. Eucatex Group is currently headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil and exports its products to the United States.

Many small businesses and start-ups fail in Brazil due to the nations high tax burden and strict business laws. Flavio Maluf does not take the tax laws as a burden, but rather finds ways to implement company policies and tax incentives to help the Brazilian economy.

Flavio Maluf explains how the tax laws provide funding for important programs and sectors such as, information technology, infrastructure in Brazil, and important aerospace programs. There are also tax incentives that can be used to provide social programs, sports facilities and cultural programs. This allows the business to directly involve businesses with sponsorship deals and ways to use the taxes to benefit the society directly instead of giving the taxes to the government.

Flavio graduated from Armando AlvaresPenteado Foundation with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, but due to his family’s history and drive to succeed and improve the Brazilian economy he joined his family business and in just a few years raised its reputation and profits to new heights. In 1997, Flavio Maluf became the Chief Executive Officer of Eucatex Group.

In Brazil there are certain traditions and family practices that need to be taken into consideration before a new CEO is selected. So, Flavio formally received the permission and acceptance from all those involved in the family business before taking charge. His family dynasty is in good hands with Flavio at the helm. Learn more: http://www.infomoney.com.br/negocios/noticias-corporativas/noticia/5913933/flavio-maluf-traz-dicas-que-podem-ajudar-transformar-sua-ideia