Betsy DeVos Explains DeVos’ Family Foundation Involvement in Education

Posted by PhotoPhil on November 1, 2016 in Philanthropy |

The Michigan based DeVos family is well known for their political involvement as well as their business successes. However, Dick and Betsy DeVos are just as passionately involved with philanthropic projects as they are with politics and business. In fact, the DeVos family started their own philanthropy group by the name of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Through this organization, the DeVos family work with many local and international charitable and non-profit organizations to help solve social problems both domestically and in other areas. To further explore their philanthropic involvement, Philanthropy magazine interviewed Betsy DeVos, the acting Chairman of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. In the interview, Mrs. DeVos made it clear that one of her main charitable focuses now relies in education reform. More specifically, it lies in championing and pursuing school selection. Mrs. DeVos strongly believes that parents should have the choice where to send their kids to school. She has raised much money in the way of scholarships to aid lower-income families in the financial area of choosing their desired schools for their kids. However, she realized that it is only through political involvement and committee engagement that the laws prohibiting this freedom will ever subside.

Dick and Betsy DeVos are members of the well known and established DeVos family. Richard DeVos Senior founded Amway distribution company before Dick DeVos took over as CEO and President. As he was growing up, Dick DeVos and his brother performed odd jobs at Amway as it was still a growing business. His first official involvement at Amway began in 1974 where he had experience in a host of areas ranging from sales, marketing, financing and manufacturing. He was promoted to Vice President in 1984, a position in which he grew Amway’s international sales by three times. Venturing away from Amway for some time, Dick DeVos eventually found himself as the President and CEO of the Orlando Magic Franchise. Upon returning to Amway in 1993, DeVos became CEO of the company, succeeding his father, Richard DeVos Sr. He eventually founded Alticor which became the eventual parent company of Amway. DeVos was named the 67th richest person in the United States by Forbes Magazine in 2012. His political involvement involved time spent on the Michigan State Board of Education and even took him to the 2006 Republican Nomination for the governor of Michigan. DeVos has since retired and no focuses his energies primarily on giving back to his local community through his philanthropic involvements


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