The Giving Heart of the DeVos Family

A recent article referred to the Dick DeVos contribution to the political arena as a pocket change. They made this analogy using the contributions that they have given for charitable causes. These donations are more than $ 139 million since they began their donation. The pair made a donation of $11.6 million in the year 2015 alone. These donations mean that the Dick DeVos family is the 24th most generous givers in the United States. The Forbes magazine recently announced that the family had donated a quarter of their wealth in the last 50 years. The donations are approximated at $1. 33 billion while the family wealth stands at $5.2 billion.

 

In all these donations, education is at the forefront. They also support groups that support education reforms. A 26 percent of their donations is estimated to go the education sector. The two say that they focused on education as they felt that the current system was not working well with the American Dream. The two acknowledge that there are teachers who have been doing well to support the system but believe that more can be done by improving the current system. Some of the beneficiaries of their donations include the Compass College of Cinematic Arts that is found in Grand Rapids, the Ferris State University, Northwood University as well as West Michigan Aviation Academy and Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning. The Rehoboth Christian School is also a beneficiary of their donations.

 

While making these donations, the pair say that they are aimed at helping people directly and should not be confused with political donations. They have even received the support of their children who usually urge them to contribute more. During the interview, Dick DeVos said that there was a time when his children told him that a contribution he was making was not enough to make a change. The family has also focused on fostering leadership development within the Chicago are. For this reason, they are known to support the Chicago-area megachurch. The participation of their children in the donations is something intentional as they often discuss the issue.

 

Dick DeVos was born 61 years ago, and he is the son of the Amway billionaire Richard Devos. Dick DeVos has worked as the chief executive of Amway for some years between the year 1993 and 2002. He tried his shot as the governor of Michigan in the year 2006.

 

His first involvement with the Amway came shortly after he graduated from college. This was back in the year 1974. He held various positions with the company including the vice president of foreign operation and chairman several years later. He has also been involved with his other dad’s venture, the Orlando Magic.

 

 

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