Philanthropy in another Level: Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos is a man that many of us cannot equal. Dick DeVos is not only the loving husband to Betsy but also a father to four adorable children. As a father figure, he has been able to nurture his children into responsible young men and women. At age 61, Dick has accumulated wealth amounting to billions of dollars. Despite his riches, Dick DeVos has remained humble. For a very long time, Dick has had involvements in business, politics, and philanthropy. It is in 2006 that Dick decided to follow his political ambitions and vie to be the Governor of Michigan. He has also had the opportunity to work for the Michigan State Board of Education. As an entrepreneur, Mr. DeVos has worked for the Consumer Goods Distribution Company, Orlando Magic, Windquest Group, and also had the opportunity to head Amway, his father’s brainchild. Therefore, Dick has had the chance to discover what the universe has to offer.



Over the years, Dick has learned the power of giving. To this end, he has partnered with his wife and other family members to support courses that seek to alleviate the lives of poor people. It is only recently that it came to a realization that DeVos had given $139 million in support of just courses over the years. A large proportion of these finances went to education. As it turns out, education is the pillar of any successful society. Therefore, Dick DeVos has always believed in providing an adequate education for all. Dick’s love for giving was inspired when he made a visit to Potter’s House Christian School with his sweetheart, Betsy. The sight of struggling parents at the institution was disheartening, and the duo purposed to help low-income families put their children through education so that the children could at least uplift the living standards of their societies once they graduated. Since that day, Dick has been extremely passionate about giving. Together with Betsy, they have come up with the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, an organization that has offered million of dollars in support of civic, religious, educational, social, economic, and artistic groups for more than two decades.



In a bid to expand education in the United States of America, Dick opened a Charter School to teach high school students on how to fly planes. In this facility, interested candidates are not compelled to pay for tuition since the institution gets its support from aviators with a kind heart like that of Dick DeVos. Dick is also passionate about art. He believes that talent needs a chance to grow. To this end, Dick and Betsy have often supported ArtPrize, a competition that seeks to find the best art talent. He is also a staunch supporter of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. In all his years, Dick has accomplished what many of us only imagine.


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