Dick and Betsy DeVos Prove to be Huge Contributors of Charity and Education Causes

Dick and Betsy DeVos is one couple that stirs a lot of speculation in various circles. In most cases, the debate is normally propelled by their huge donations towards political causes in the United States. Furthermore, the couple holds a reputation for their altruism, which is mirrored by their generous giving totaling to a whopping $139 million.

 

The unique bit about their donations is that they give more money to philanthropic causes than political ones. This conclusion came out clearly during Betsy’s vetting process. Betsy revealed that in 2015 their foundation gave out $11.6 million in terms of philanthropic donations. This figure was twice the amount the couple had given out as campaign donations over the past five years, $5.3 million.

 

The DeVos couple form a large part of the family that has played a considerable role in the politics of the Republican Party. Dick DeVos and his four children have also contributed largely to charitable efforts. In fact , their contributions of about $104 million in 2015, pushed the DeVos family to the 24th position among Forbes America’s Top Givers. Additionally, Forbes used information from the DeVos family to estimate their lifetime donations to about $1.33 billion, which is a quarter of the family’s $5.2 billion fortune.

 

The couple’s giving also depicts their value for education. In fact, Dick and Betsy DeVos allocated about $3 million to educational efforts. This figure was 26% of their entire charitable contributions in 2015. They also gave out $357,000 to groups that back education reforms. Some of the schools that benefited from the couples charitable donations in 2015 include Rehoboth Christian School, Ferris State University in Big Rapids among others.

 

A Closer Focus on Dick DeVos

 

Dick DeVos is one of the most renowned business and entrepreneurial personalities in Michigan. He is the son of the late Richard DeVos, the co-founder of Amway Corporation. Dick joined his father’s company, Amway, in 1974 where he worked in different departments. Dick became the vice president of Amway Corporation in 1984. However, he left the company to establish Windquest Group, a company involved in the marketing and manufacturing of closet and storage organizers. Later on, his father was appointed him to manage the family-acquired NBA Orlando Magic Basketball franchise. After sometime, Dick DeVos returned to Amway to serve as its president before retiring to concentrate on Windquest Group.

 

Dick DeVos is a family man, who is married to the current secretary of education, Betsy DeVos. She is the daughter of Edgar Prince, president and founder of the Prince Corporation. Her brother, Erik Prince, is the owner and president of Blackwater private security company. As the president of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, Dick DeVos has spearheaded numerous philanthropic initiatives, especially in Michigan. Donations from the organization target artistic, civic, free-market economic, educational, religious and community organizations.

 

Dick DeVos Becomes Involved in Trump’s Government

Being enlisted in Donald Trump’s administration has brought a lot of fame to Dick DeVos and his family. Even though he was a great political donator for the longest time, it is only now hat his political involvements have come into the limelight.

 

Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos, the founder of Amway. He is a serial entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist. He was born in the year 1955 to Helen and Richard Amway. Being born into such a successful entrepreneurial company, it was expected that he would follow suit. He currently serves as the CEO of this international company.

 

Personal Life and Education

DeVos was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and he attended the Forest Hills Public schools. Upon completing his high school education, DeVos was admitted to Northwood University where he was graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He boasts of a number of honorary doctorates from various universities including Northwood University, Central Michigan University and the Grove City University.

 

Dick DeVos is married to Betsy DeVos. His wife has been very influential in the politics of this country. She was formerly the head of Republican party, Michigan. Recently she was appointed into Trump’s government as the Secretary of Education.

 

Career

As a young kid, DeVos recalls being involved in Amway, a family business. He remembers when the company would have conventions and he and his brothers would be asked to act as hosts by clearing the tables and showing the guests to the tennis courts. He basically was with the company from its infancy to the giant that it is today.

 

DeVos officially began working for Amway in the year 1974. He worked in various functions of the company until he was promoted to be one of the Vice Presidents, in the year 1984. He was in charge of foreign sales and by the time he was leaving this position, he had managed to improve sales by more than 45%.

 

Philanthropy

Dick along with his wife founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. This non-profit organization was founded for the purpose of soliciting funds to help the undeserved. One of the foundation’s biggest focus is education. The foundation has come up with a scholarship program and have gone further to open an aviation charter high school. They aim at providing children of the less fortunate with opportunities to make a successful future.