“Dick DeVos: Instituting Effective Reformation In America”

Dick DeVos has been cultivating positive change for the betterment of many organizations for a very long time through his generous philanthropic works. His wife, Betsy DeVos, disclosed to government officials that they’ve contributed over $1.39 million throughout their life together. Two years ago in 2015, as posted on their Family Foundation Website, they bestowed around $11.6 million to many noble causes. As a guideline they choose organizations that promote society, institutional learning, education, the arts and moral leadership. On an annual basis, the DeVoses usually give to anywhere from five to ten new charities that they have not donated to before but also maintain long-term relationships. Giving back to the community financially and staying heavily invested in activism has been a long- standing tradition in the DeVos family. Dick is passionate about supporting causes he believes in, but the majority of causes are educational. Some of the organizations they support are as listed below.

 

  • West Michigan Aviation Academy
  • Art Prize
  • Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Program
  • West Michigan Aviation Academy
  • Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Hope USA
  • Grand Rapids Christian Schools
  • Children first America

 

For generations Dicks family has been well-known for their many contributions to the Republican political party initiated by his father, Rich DeVos. Rich DeVos is the Co-Founder of the renowned Amway Corporation. Over $104 million dollars in the past have been donated to various organizations by the DeVos family making them a major player among the affluent and even earned them on the prestigious “Americas Top Givers” list. Dick began his career working for Amway and performed an array of duties until he was selected as the Vice-President and oversaw operations in 18 different countries. In 1989, he stepped down from Amway to establish a capital venture company that both created and marketed closet and storage solutions. During his time with his newly acquired Windquest Group, he also managed the NBA’s Orlando Magic Basketball chain that the DeVos family purchased. In 1993, he returned to succeed his father’s position at Amway. He retired in 2002 to enter politics and ran for the office of governor in Michigan.

 

Dick is also a New York Times bestselling author. He wrote the book,” Rediscovering America,” which is a series of anecdotes on how people can improve their lives by employing traditional values and morals in society. The Spectrum Health Foundation awarded DeVos the notable “Art of Giving Award” in 2010 as a direct result of the many charitable endeavors he has donated to. Dick is highly regarded among his constituents both politically and in the marketplace for his business acumen and ability to create positive outcome in the world. He is an over-achiever.