Dick and Betsy DeVos are known for their political and charitable donations. For Betsy DeVos, being a nominee for Education Secretary in America means she has to give details of her donations to education and the Republican.
According to the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation page, they donated $11.6 million in 2015. Their campaign contribution over the previous five years was $5.3 million. Starting with Dick’s father, Rich DeVos, the family has been involved in Republican politics for a long time. By 2015, the family had given charity donations amounting to $104 million. Forbes ranked the family number 24 on “America’s Top Givers.” The family’s total donation in their lifetime is about $1.33 billion.
According to the data obtained, education is the biggest sector that they support. For instance, in 2015, they gave over $3 million and another $357,000 to various education causes and reform groups. Dick DeVos says this contribution is a sign of the family’s priority to education.
He told MLive and The Grand Rapids Press that it is the discovery of the failure of the current education system in attaining the American dream that made them make the decision. He added that it is important to improve the efficiency of educators to reach every child. The tax records obtained show that the primary beneficiaries of the family’s donations in 2013 were schools in Michigan.
According to the DeVos, their donations fulfill all the conditions of charitable organizations. They also fund Lansig’s Great Lakes Education Foundation, and the family’s foundation, American Federation for Children. DeVos added that these donations are made to help people directly. The couple has for many years supported Grand Rapids Christian Schools and Potter’s House.
Apart from $315,000 donation in 2013 to an aviation-themed charter school, the couple also bought an airplane for the school. The couple also donated around $2.4 million to support the Arts and Culture in 2015. At the University of Maryland, the couple has started DeVos Institute of Arts Management and given $22 million.
Other sectors that the family has supported are the civic, community and other with $1.8 million, leadership and development projects with $1.5 million, and churches among others.
Dick Devos’ Work and Personal History
Dick DeVos has worked in different executive positions in the family’s business companies, namely Amway, Orlando Magic basketball team, and The Windquest Group. He was Anway’s president between 1993 and 2002 saw the company’s sales hit $4.5 billion. He also helped the company opened new branches beyond North America. In 1991, he became the president and CEO of NBAs Orlando Magic. He has also participated in various community initiatives.
Dick Devos’ Personal Life
Richard Marvin “Dick” DeVos Jr. was born on October 1955. His father, Richard DeVos, was the co-founder of Amway. He is married to Betsy and they have four children. In 2006, he was unsuccessful in winning Michigan’s gubernatorial race. He is currently working at The Windquest Group as the President and CEO.