“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.

How Dick DeVos Has Given Much More Than Millions Of Dollars To Others

Dick DeVos is probably often characterized the most by the dollar sign, and it certainly sent shockwaves through mainstream American when he revealed that he and his wife Betsy had given $139 million to lifetime philanthropy. But Dick has not made the money’s value as important as how he’s planned to make changes with it. One of his first major changes was when he formed Grand Action Committee to change how the city was developing. He had seen how Detroit’s development and entertainment venues had been moved out of the downtown, negatively affecting its development, and after starting up a campaign Dick DeVos was able to change the construction site of an arena to the Grand Rapids downtown.

 

It’s well-known that Dick’s wife Betsy DeVos is the current Secretary of Education, but a big reason for this is that she and Dick have been hard at work giving Michigan families more choices to send their children to school. Dick and Betsy started the Education Freedom Scholarship, the American Education Reform Council and also teamed up with Children’s Scholarship Fund. In 2002 and the following years they began focusing their philanthropy on growing charter schools and even starting one of their own. By 2010 they had built the West Michigan Aviation Academy.

 

Dick DeVos has been contributing to health, arts, business colleges, and church-related non-profits and pro-life groups. In 2006 he gave over $12 million to the Spectrum Health’s children’s hospital which was renamed for his mother, Helen DeVos. He also won the Art of Giving award for that donation. He has given back to universities such as his alma mater Northwood University, Grand Valley State, and the Arizona State University Thunderbird School of Global Management. He and Betsy also donated to the University of Maryland’s Institute for Arts Management’s facility completion.

 

Dick DeVos’s full name is Richard Marvin DeVos Jr., but has gone by “Dick” since his father also goes by Richard DeVos. His father is the co founder along with the Van Andel family of Amway Corporation and the owner of the Orlando Magic. Dick was taught all about philanthropy and business by his father, and he decided to follow in his footsteps once he completed his formal education. Dick’s work at Amway began as a lower level manager, but soon moved to the executive division with him becoming vice president and then CEO. He turned Amway Corporation into a major international sales company generating billions in revenue over that time. Today Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy invest in disruptive companies and clean energy initiatives through The Windquest Group. Dick has also been influential in the state’s Republican party, including running for governor in 2006, and being the head of the 2012 right-to-work law passage. He’s also a leader at Hudson Institute and Heritage Foundation.