Educational Activist, Businessman & Philanthropist. Dick DeVos

There is absolutely no doubt that Dick Devos and his wife Betsy are gathering up quite a fair amount of publicity, particularly with their political contributions but it seems little light is shed on their philanthropic efforts. The lives of both Dick and Betsy DeVos has been steeped in politics and philanthropy from an early age. To date the couple have donated an accumulative total of over $139 million dollars throughout their lives to a variety of charities.

 

In 2015 over a quarter of their charitable donations that year were geared towards education, showing that it is one of the most important things to the DeVos Family, having given over $3 million dollars to charitable organizations whose focus is on providing educational needs to children across the nation.

 

Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos, founder of Amway, and had served as its Corporate Executive Officer from 1993 until 2002, raising the the overall sales percentage of the companies overseas sales from a mere 5% prior to his taking up the role of CEO and was at a staggering 50% of overall sales when he left the company. In 1991 the DeVos family became the owners of the Orlando Magic basketball franchise and in 2005 it was announced that Dick DeVos would become part owner of the team, his father being a man who split ownership evenly between his children. Dick DeVos also sits as one of the leading members of the Windquest Group, with his wife Betsy. The Windquest group is a privately operated and held firm that handles investment management, investing in and having holding within manufacturing,technology and green energy sectors of business.

 

In 1990 Dick ran for and won the election to the Michigan State Board of Education and along with his wife became co-chairs of the organization Education Freedom Fund, which provided scholarships to private schools for low-income families in Michigan. Partnering with the Children’s Scholarship Fund with a matched donation of $7.5 million dollars from the Education Freedom Fund, it is now able to cover the administrative costs of the organization.

 

Dick DeVos has been an active participant in both economic and philanthropic endeavors throughout his life and alongside him every step of the way is his wife Betsy, providing him support. He has been a voice to be heard in many situations, in particular is his work in a series of debates with union leader James Hoffa, attempting to assess and deliberate the correct role of workforce unions. DeVos’s stance was that through the right combinations of hard work and ingenuity, workers and job creators can both create beneficial arrangements. They focused a great deal of attention to Michigan’s Proposition 2 which would protect collective bargaining.