Dick DeVos personal history
Dick DeVos is a well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist hailing from Grand Rapids Michigan. His wife Betsy DeVos is the current U.S Secretary of education. The couple has four children. DeVos is the president of the Windquest Group, an investment management organization that invests in firms that care and aim to improve the world. He has also served as the CEO of Amway global from nineteen ninety-three to two thousand and two which was founded by his father Richard DeVos. From 1991 to 1993, DeVos was the CEO and President of Florida based NBA club Orlando magic.
The philanthropist veil lifted
The couple comes from a high profile family that has been well known for giving. Through their foundation Dick and Besty family Foundation, the couple donates generous donations to charities. In their lifetime the two donations to charitable firms are almost at 139milion. The numbers according to their foundation website show that in 2015, the couple gave out $121.6 million to charities.
Among the top beneficiary in the foundation list is in education, 26% of the donations from the foundation- around $3 million in 2015 went to education. Additionally, the foundation gave 3% of their donations to groups in support of education. This is a reflection of how much the two value education reforms.
The couple support helps children to get a shot at the American dream as the education they get allows them to be successful in life. Some of the education supporters that have greatly benefited from the donations are; the Michigan charter school advocacy group and the Great lakes education foundation.
DeVos is the patron of West Michigan aviation academy, the first aviation based charter school started by the couple. The influence and donations from the couple has seen the school grow and produce top notch licensed pilots. The children admitted to the school are majorly economically disadvantaged coming from the nearby seven counties. 40% of these children also come from the minority groups. According to the state of Michigan, the graduation rate is at a high of 86%. Through the kind of help given by DeVos and his family, the children lives have been transformed.
They now have a different view of life, their attitudes have changed and they are satisfied and comforted by the fact that they now have a chance to achieve greatness.
The couple other donations in 2015 went to art and culture-$2.4 million, civic, community, leadership and development-$1.8 million, public policy-$1.5million, health and human services-$1.3 million and churches-$488,250. The couple’s donations have no strings attached and this has allowed these donations to make a big difference in people’s lives. The couple includes their children in the decision on what institutions should get their donations. This helps them gain a different perspective on the best-suited beneficiaries.
In conclusion, it is no secret DeVos and his wife’s way of giving has led the way in changing the lives of the Michigan people.