Dick and Betsy DeVos, for their many political donations, have received a lot of public attention and also been highly criticized for the act for many years. However, their charitable donations which amount to $139M in over their life surpassed their political donations. Betsy DeVos was highly scrutinized when she was she was nominated for a secretary role in the U.S Education. The scrutiny was mainly in the areas of her donations school choices. The couple later decided to shed light on the donations they had made through their foundation on various philanthropic causes.
According to a report on their website, DeVos family made a donation of $11.6 million to charity in the year 2015. The amount was double the amount they had contributed over the past five years towards campaigns. The family is among the top persons that make huge contributions to both the charity organizations and Republicans. In the year 2015, the family was ranked the 24th position in Forbes list for the category of Top Givers, having contributed $104 million to charity.
Nevertheless, the DeVos family rank education matters on their philanthropy efforts. For instance, in the year 2015, they made over $3million to cater for education matters, and this was about 26% of their total charitable contributions. The DeVos’s family have highlighted that their foundation is keen on improving the existing education system in America as the current system was not fulfilling. The top matter highlighted about the education system is that the school choice system shuts some kids who are born in a wrong Zip Code area.
Dick DeVos, born on 21st October 1955, is a businessman and entrepreneur from Michigan. Dick DeVos is the current president of Windquest Group. Dick has also held top ranks in other companies like NBA, Amway, and Orlando Magic Franchise. While at Amway, he worked as the president where he oversaw all the firm’s operation in over six continents. Under his governance, Amway opened new markets and was able to triple their international sales to surpass domestic sales for the first time in the firm’s history. During his final financial year at Amway, the firm recorded $4.5 billion worth of sales.
Dick DeVos, aside from his business positions, is a leader in various community initiatives. Dick initiated the Education Freedom Fund which has presented over 4000 scholarships to needy children residing in Michigan. Dick, in 2006, was a Republican candidate for the Governorship position in Michigan. His book known as Rediscovering American Values was published in 1997, and the book is available in seven languages.
Dick DeVos is a graduate of Northwood University. He is a helicopter pilot and a two-time Nationwide Champion sailor. Dick has been married to Betsy Prince, and they are blessed with seven kids and five grandchildren.