Betsy DeVos – a History of Philanthropy and Support of Education

The name of Betsy DeVos has been popping up in media more since she was appointed to the office of education as the 11th US Secretary of education. Betsy DeVos, however, has been at the scene of education for decades. She is one of the most active philanthropists in the sector.Mrs. Betsy DeVos s from the Prince family which is known for their history of philanthropy work extending over the generations. The Prince family are also known for their many ventures in business. Betsy’s father is the creator of the Prince Corporation working with car parts. Both her parents have been making donations to charities for decades. So far, their record of contributions amounts to billions. Betsy DeVos was born in the state of Michigan in a charming town called Holland. Betsy DeVos had studied at a Christian high school before she moved to the city of Grand Rapids to attend the Calvin College.

While she was at college, Betsy DeVos would show her interest in politics and business, as well as leadership by Betsy volunteering for different activities. Betsy DeVos was also heavily involved in campus politics, and she was as a leader of a few groups as well.After she had graduated, Betsy DeVos started working in the corporate world. She was also working as a member of a number of Boards of companies and organizations alike. Betsy DeVos is known for her active involvement in projects. She has a strong sense of a leader and is able to manage large teams with ease. Betsy DeVos became involved in politics many years ago. She put her leadership skills in action when she was a part of the campaign of George Bush when he was a candidate for re-election. Another example of her political involvement is Betsy DeVos’s position chairing the Republican party based in the state of Michigan.

She was occupying the leadership position twice – from 1996 until 2000 and then once again from 2003 up until 2005.Over the years, Betsy DeVos has come a long way in her philanthropy career. It has become her main line of work and business has fallen behind although she is still active in her business positions as the head of Windquest Group and so on. Betsy DeVos collaborated with her husband on the establishment of the Dick and Betsy Family Foundation which came to be about a decade ago. The foundation became very successful soon after it was launched. So far, its record of donations amounts to millions of dollars. Betsy DeVos continues to make charitable donation individually. She has been supporting academic institutions above all as the education of the United States of America has always been a top priority for Betsy DeVos.

ClassDojo has raised $21 million in a Series B round of funding

ClassDojo has raised $21 million in a Series B round of funding that was led by General Catalyst. The Company got new investors that include GSV, Reach Capital, and SignalFire.

 

ClassDojo is an education start-up that is based in San Francisco and has been in existence since 2011. The objective of the company is to develop an application that connects students, teachers, and parent all year round. Through the platform, parents and teachers can communicate consistently and share information about the student’s activities as well as social and behavioral development at school.

 

The funding ClassDojo received was closed late in 2015. According to the co-founders, Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, the capital that was raised from the Series B round of funding will be used to research and try and figure out the type and kind of content that and app features that will add value to parents who use the app. While doing this, they are not only focused on its use at school but also at home. They intend to make it useful to parents so that they can get a guide that will help them support and enhance the learning and development that their kids are doing at school.

 

The ClassDojo app allows teachers to schedule activities and make it known to parents that are using the application. They can take photos and videos and post them on the platform of all student activities throughout the day.

 

When the start-up was starting in 2011, they looked at what other similar startups were doing. Some of the things that they noticed is that most edtech startups were creating content that they were selling to students, teachers, and parents. ClassDojo decided to do it differently by developing a platform that was free and easy to use so that they could create a culture and community between students, parents, and teachers.

 

Since they started, the platform has grown and is now used by more than 8500 teachers in various schools across the United States. Most teachers that are using the app are those teaching kindergarten through to 8th grade. Focus is on distributing the app to more teachers, not only in the United States but also in other countries.

 

Learn more about ClassDojo:

https://www.classdojo.com/about/

https://www.classdojo.com/learnmore/