The Philanthropic Activities of Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy are highly recognized when it comes to their contributions to charitable organizations. They are also known to give a lot in political donations. Dick DeVos has managed to contribute approximately $139 million in charities together with his wife. Betsy DeVos is a nominee for the US Education Secretary and together with Dick they are lifting the veil on the huge amounts of money given through their philanthropy. According to a report released by the website of the Dick and Betsy Family Foundation, the couple contributed $11.6 million in 2015 to charitable organizations.

Dick DeVos is the son of Rich DeVos who is the co-founder of Amway. For many years, the DeVos family has been a key player in the Republican politics. The family gave out charity donations worth $104 million in 2015. It is for this reason that Forbes listed the family on 24th position on the list of America’s Top Givers. The DeVos Family has a fortune worth $5.2 billion according to Forbes and it is said to have given a quarter of it in its lifetime. Betsy DeVos is the daughter of Edgar Prince, a Holland Industrialist and also a huge philanthropist.

According to an article published on MLive, the wealthy individuals of West Michigan are recognized by the amount of money they give out in charities and not by their lifestyles. The DeVos Family has therefore led the way when it comes to giving. Education is a priority when it comes to the philanthropy of Dick and Betsy DeVos. In 2015, more than $3 million was allocated to educational causes. Their foundation also awarded 3% or $357,000 to groups that are supporting education reform. In an interview with MLive, Dick DeVos stated that the current system does not fulfill the American dream and that is one of the main reasons they give a lot towards education.

Dick and Betsy DeVos are both longtime benefactors of the Grand Rapids Christian Schools and the Potter’s House which is a Christian school which is urban. The couple started the first aviation-themed charter school in the country on Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The two are also the patrons at West Michigan Aviation Academy. Dick and Betsy DeVos also focuses on Arts & Culture and in 2015, they gave out more than 2.4 million to that sector.

Dick DeVos is the co-founder of the Dick and Betsy Family Foundation. He is a former CEO working at Amway Corporation where he served from 1993 to 2002. He is an active philanthropist who fights human rights, particularly small children. Dick is a successful businessman, author as well as an entrepreneur. He was in the race to become the Governor of Michigan in 2006, although he lost to Jennifer Granholm.

 

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