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Betsy DeVos- A Lifetime of Giving Back

For more than 30 years, Betsy DeVos has dedicated her time and money to producing educational change. DeVos has worked tirelessly to help form a nation where every child has the ability to receive a quality education. Along with her family, DeVos has made a tremendous impact on the educational system. She recently spoke with Philanthropy Roundtable to share some insight into why she is so passionate about this cause.

DeVos recalls an event that took place when she was a young mother that was a catalyst for much of her philanthropy. Visiting the Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, DeVos became very inspired. DeVos witnessed many children who came from families that were working hard just to get by. The dedication of their parents to give their kids a quality education was quite moving to DeVos. Over the years she would visit the Potter’s House many time and chose to help several students with tuition assistance. Follow Betsy on Twitter

DeVos was making an impact but she had a great desire to do much more. Along with her family, she began to seek out ways to make even more change. Her husband got involved by being elected to the State Board of Education in Michigan. Betsy herself decided to begin a scholarship fun to help even more children receive a quality education. DeVos also began working with a number of charitable organizations. Two groups in particular were quite notable. DeVos worked with Children First America and the American Education Reform Council. Both of these groups focused on vouchers to help produce more educational choices. DeVos’s worked in Florida on a tax-credit scholarship program. As a result of this program Florida had the nations longest period of broad educational choice.

Today Betsy DeVos has a position that allows her to produce more change than ever before. DeVos currently is the U.S. secretary of education. This position is the pinnacle of a career dedicated to a common cause. As a child DeVos watched her mother work as a public school teacher. Feeling inspired she would eventually mentor at risk students as a young adult. She spent more than a decade doing this work. Before her current position DeVos worked as as chairman of The Windquest Group, investment management firm. She has worked in partnership with Kids Hope USA, and Mars Hill Bible Church. All of this experience and work has helped to prepare DeVos for her current and important role as secretary of education. Her track record is evidence that she is passionate about what she does and will be dedicated to the cause. Visit to know more about their foundation.

Keith Mann Looks For The Good In People

In life, we can look at things in two ways. We can choose to focus on the negative and we can chose to dwell on it. Quite frankly, I don’t see the good in that and I don’t think it does anybody any good. Life is truly a gift and each day is a blessing. I realize that might sound like a Hallmark card, but it is true. There are gifts all around us, and we just have to embrace them, look for them, and appreciate them. They are here for a reason. Keith Mann is the same way. He likes to see the potential in people and the good in them.

One example is all of the good work he has done raising money for children from the Uncommon Schools district. He realizes these are bright, talented, and smart kids that just need a chance to get ahead in life. He knows things are not always fair when it comes to finances. That is why he takes it upon himself to raise money for them, help them, and root them on, as he is their biggest cheerleader. He sees things in them. He can spot talent and smarts and he knows it when he sees it. That is why he helped hold a fundraiser that raised over twenty-two thousand dollars.

That is why he treated the NYPD on the 54th street precinct to lunch twice. He knows that cops are facing bad press, press he feels that is undeserved. Again, he sees the good in cops. He sees the cops that are saving lives, keeping bad people off the streets, and the cops that are putting their lives on the line for us. Without cops, what kind of world would we live in? It would be a scary one, that is for sure. That is why he chooses to help them out and let them know he can see the positive they are doing and he is going to give them something as a treat.

Keith Mann is probably the most unselfish man alive. He is all about seeing the good in people and helping them.