DeVos to donate salary to charity, including one facing Trump budget cuts: report

Greg Nash

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is reportedly donating her salary to four charities, including one that would face funding cuts under President Trump’s budget request. 

Devos will split her $199,700 salary evenly between four groups, including the Special Olympics, which would lose about $12.5 million in federal funding under the White House’s budget proposal, according to Politico

Devos will also donate to Kids Hope USA, a faith-based mentorship program for children; Vision to Learn, a group that provides eye care for low-income students; and Dreams Soar, an organization that supports girls in aviation, as well as in science, math, engineering and technology fields.


The list was first reported last week by The New York Times

The Special Olympics, a sports organization for people with disabilities, said in a statement to Politico that DeVos gave the organization a “verbal commitment” on the donation. 

“We do not have additional specifics at this time,” the group said. “Special Olympics appreciates the opportunity to continue [to] work with and educate Secretary DeVos and members of Congress to create more unified and inclusive schools in our country.”

Liz Hill, a spokeswoman for the Education Department, told Politico that the agency’s ethics division had cleared DeVos’s planned donations in her personal capacity.

Special Olympics athletes and leaders converged on Capitol Hill on Monday where they held meetings with lawmakers to discuss the need for “critical funding” for the organization. 

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