Dick DeVos, a Philanthropist with a keen eye on education

Dick DeVos is the husband to Betsy DeVos. They are known for their generous donations towards various causes including politics and charity. His family is highly profiled and has been in the political field for several years. They have contributed about 139 million dollars to charity since they began their donations. In 2015, Dick DeVos and his family rolled out 11.6 million dollars to charity, this is double what they had donated to politics over the last 5 years. For Dick and his wife, giving towards the improvement of education is their stronghold. They contributed over 3 million dollars to causes that support education in 2015. This contribution was 26% of their total contributions towards charity that year. Some groups supporting educational matters were also given 357,000 dollars for support. Dick has acknowledged that he is making education accessible to children who want to live the American dream.

 

 

Some Michigan schools, including Potter’s House, Ferris State University, and the Rehoboth Christian School among others, have benefited from their generous donations. Dick DeVos is persistently in trying to serve people through the contributions he and his family give to charity. Dick and his family are well connected and through this, they are able to fundraise huge amounts of money towards their projects. Another eye catching thing for Dick and his wife is Art and Culture. They donate huge chunks of money towards this sector. They donated 22 million dollars towards the launching of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management.

 

 

Dick and his wife also contribute towards community projects, churches and public policy among others. They give without expecting anything in return, as they are investing to better the lives of others. Some of the donations they give end up bringing very positive results. A good example is the treatment of brain cancer for children at the Spectrum Health Foundation that saved a lot of children’s lives. Their donation was geared towards hiring one of the best physicians and childhood cancer researchers in the country. The Willow Creek church is also funded by the DeVos, it is aimed at empowering leadership development in the community. The church has been able to hold summits for people from all around the world, including Melinda Gates who is a renowned Philanthropist. Dick’s kids challenge them to do even more, whenever they think their parents should do more.

 

 

Dick DeVos works at The Windquest Group where he is the CEO and President. His office is in Grand Rapids. He served as a CEO at Amway Global for close to 10 years and as CEO and President for 2 years at NBA’s Orlando Magic. He studied and graduated from the Northwood University. Dick is a qualified jet and helicopter pilot. Dick is also a qualified sailor and has been a National Champion twice.