It is quite clear that Dick DeVos and his family have been committed to donating to various charitable causes including learning institution, arts and culture and also churches. Their main focus has been on the education sector, where millions of dollars have been channeled towards that cause. Dick’s wife, Betsy DeVos is currently serving as the secretary of education in the Trump’s government, and she earned that position because of her role of donating and championing for reforms in the sector. In fact, there are many American children who are not able to fulfill their dreams because of the inequality in the education sector.
During an interview with MLive, Dick DeVos stated that the current education system did not have the potential to help students achieve their dreams. The amount of funds the couple has spent in the education sector is a reflection of the priority they have towards improving education. Dick’s goal is to ensure all kids are treated equally without considering which area they come from. Most funds donated by Dick are channeled to various projects through his family foundation.
Dick’s Donations in Recent Years
According to information found on the couple’s family foundation website, they donated over $11 million in 2015 alone. That was more than double the amount they had donated previously over the last five years. More than 25% of that many went directly to educational causes and about 3% was given to agencies that advocate for education reforms. Dick believes his donations are meant to address the failures experienced at public education platforms, where kids are not able to access quality education. Dick believes something can be done to ensure the work of these talented tutors and administrators has effectively reached every child in such institutions.
Some of the beneficiaries of the couple’s donations include Great Lake Education Foundation and the charter school advocacy agency which is based in Michigan. The businessman cum politician insists their huge donations are focused on assisting the people and community directly. Dick’s family has also given priority to Arts & Culture, where in 2015, about 20% of their total charitable donation went to this sector.
Personal and Professional Life of Dick DeVos
Dick DeVos started his career at Amway Corporation in 1974, and after working for a decade he was announce the vice president of the company. In 1988, he founded The Windquest Group, an investment firm based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The firm invests in manufacturing, hospitality, technology and non-profit solutions. In 1993, Dick succeeded his father as the president of Amway Corporation, where he served until 2002 when he retired to focus on his company, and also to try his luck in the political arena.