Dick and Betsy DeVos both have a passion for helping kids achieve their dreams by advocating for good school system. According to them, the current system was not giving the students a chance to accomplish the American dream. However, they are not criticizing the professionals. The only way the teachers and administrators can do a great job is if there is an equally great system. In 2015, the couple spent twenty-six percent of their total charitable donations on educational causes.
Additionally, they gave three hundred and seventy-five thousand dollars to groups supporting education reforms. The 2013 breakdown of Dick and Betsy support, showed several schools that were major beneficiaries. Some of the schools included Dick DeVos’ alma mater Northwood University in Midland who got two hundred thousand dollars, Potter’s House in Wyoming, three hundred and one thousand dollars and three hundred and fifteen thousand dollars to West Michigan Aviation Academy.
The DeVoses have also contributed to Republican candidates’ campaign. For the past five years, the total contribution to campaigns amounted to five million three hundred thousand dollars. Over the years, it is approximated that the DeVoses have contributed almost one hundred and thirty-nine million dollars in charity, a whopping eleven million six hundred thousand dollars in 2015 only.
The philanthropist nature is not only with the couple as Dick’s dad and his four children gave a hundred and four million dollars to charity in 2015. They even attained position twenty-four in recent Forbes’ America’s Top Givers. Forbes estimated that the family had donated a quarter of their fortune to charity. Betsy’s family has also been known for their charitable giving.
Dick Devos took over as the CEO of Amway in 1993 and served to 2002. He was also interested in governorship but unfortunately lost it to Jennifer Granholm. However, that did not bring his spirit down. Even though voters had rejected the amendment of creating tax-funded vouchers for private schools students in 2000, he pushed and currently, Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia have them. In 1991, Dick DeVos was against the plan to build a multi-purpose sports and convention arena north of downtown. He was afraid that the arena could bring negative impact to the area just like Pontiac Silverdome and Palace of Auburn Hills did to Detroit.
In Amway before becoming the CEO, Dick DeVos was the vice president of Amway’s foreign operation for six years and the annual sales increased to fifty from five percent. Apart from the Amway, Dick DeVos worked at The Windquest Group and was the CEO of the Orlando Magic, a national basketball association that his father, Richard DeVos acquired. Dick DeVos received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Northwood University. He also has several honorary doctorates from different institutions.