Dick DeVos is a prominent individual in both the political and business fields. Dick is married to Betsy DeVos, and together they have contributed millions of dollars towards various charitable causes in Michigan and across the United States. The couple is recognized for consistently funding Republican politicians and also school choice initiative. In January this year, the couple unveiled millions of dollars they have so far contributed to various philanthropic causes through Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. According to the latest report, DeVos’ family contributed $11.6 million in 2015 alone to support charitable activities in different states.
Areas where Dick’s Contributions have been Channeled
Large amount of funds contributed by Dick DeVos have been directed to the education sector. The couple is committed to ensure all kids in the United States can access quality education regardless of the ZIP codes they come from. Out of $11.6 contributed in 2015 by Dick and his family, close to 30% was funneled to learning institutions and other organizations involved in education reforms. According to Dick DeVos, the amount of money they contribute to education causes is a reflection of the priority they have given the sector. When being interviewed on MLive, the businessman and politician accepted that zoning of areas has affected learning in many schools, since kids from low income earners are not able to access quality education as kids from middle and high income earners.
Apart from donating to schools, Dick has helped several institution of higher learning including Ferris State University, Northwood University, Arts and culture centers and others. Dick says the objective of their donation is impact and change lives of other directly. He maintains the contributions are above board, in a similar way any charitable organization would do. Furthermore, he maintains that their agenda is not politically motivated, but aiming to serve people, especially the less privileged. Dick says that kids under their program are showing excellent results, and it is their hope that performance will continue to improve now and in future.
Dick DeVos’ Biography
For several years, Dick has served in various executive roles at NBA’s Orlando Magic and Amway. Currently, he is the President of The Windquest Group. From 1993 to 2002, the executive served as the President of Amway. During his last year at the company, it recorded $4.5 billion in sales.
Besides his business engagement, Dick DeVos is recognized for his involvement in community initiatives. For instance, the executive established education Freedom Fund to offer scholarships to 4000 plus kids from less privileged families in Michigan. In 2006, he vied for Governorship position in Michigan on a Republican Party, but he eventually lost. Dick graduated from Northwood University, and he is a qualified pilot.