Dick and Betsy DeVos have often raised eyebrows due to their huge donations towards political causes. However, these grants are nothing compared to the amounts they have given to philanthropic causes. Over the years, they have given out a whopping $139 million to charity.
According to their foundation’s website, the family donated over $10 million in 2015. This amount is more than the reported $5 million given to political aspirants. Throughout their lives, the family has been staunch supporters of the Republican Party. Forbes magazine acknowledged the family as one of the most charitable in the entire USA. The household has donated over 25% of their $5.2 billion fortune.
However, Dick DeVos’ philanthropy is biased towards education. Last year, they allotted $3 million towards education. Dick has revealed that Dick DeVos comes from a well-off familyare to improve the learning standards in the country. In a previous interview, dick said that children from particular states were not accessing quality education. He attributes these failures to the inept public school system. He further added that his support was to ensure teachers and administrators get motivation so that they can provide quality education. Some of the benefactor schools were Rehoboth Christian School, Ferries State University, Northwood University, and West Michigan Aviation Academy.
Cynics say that Dick and his family have other motives when they donate to both political and humanitarian causes. They claim that the Devos’s are using the philanthropic donations to as a cover-up for their excessive political hand-outs. In response, dick’s spokesman said that the report displays the transparency of the DeVos family. He added that pessimists should not politicize the issue as it was aimed at helping the impoverished.
In addition to education, the family has also assisted causes in arts and culture. They gave handouts to the Arts School at the University of Maryland as well as the JFK Center for Performing Arts.
About Dick DeVos
Dick DeVos comes from a well-off family, with his father being a billionaire. Their family runs the Amway Corporation, which distributes its products through a network of affiliates. Since he started working at the company in 1974, Dick has held prominent positions in the firm, including vice president and president.
In 1989, he started his own business, The Windquest Group, an enterprise that manufactured storage containers. Later, his father entrusted him to run the NBA franchise Orlando Magics, which he had just bought. Additionally, Dick is associated with Alticor which is a syndicate consisting of Amway and other companies.
Dick is married to Betsy DeVos, and they have four children. Together with his wife, they are fanatic followers of the Republican Party. He was involved in the gubernatorial race in Michigan in 2006 but ended up as runner-up losing out to Democratic candidate Jenifer Granholm.