The Giving Nature of Dick Devos

The person we become when we grow up is determined by the upbringing we receive as a child. This is the case for Dick Devos and his wife, Betsy Devos. Dick Devos was born in a rich family of Richard Devos. From an early age, he was taught how to do business. These business lessons came along with the importance of helping the unfortunate people in the society. This was through actions and teachings. His father is hailed as amongst the richest people in the free world. He has an estimated wealth of $5.1 billion. This means that Dick Devos has a hand in most of his father’s businesses and ventures. Dick Devos is married to the 11th secretary of education of the United States.


Most of their philanthropy is managed through the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation. This is an organization that has its roots in the year 1989. Since then, the organization has been part of many projects helping thousands of people in the Michigan area and across the United States. It’s estimated that since its establishment in the year 1989, the organization has dished over $189 million to philanthropy. Most of this money goes to charity donations as well as political donations. In the past, the two have been criticized for making large charitable donations to hide the outsized political donations they had made previously.


Dick Devos has lived in the state of Michigan his entire life. He even attended the Forest Hills public schools. Since then, Dick Devos has been involved with his father’s businesses. Professionally, he holds a degree in business administration from the prestigious Northwood University. He has also attended Harvard Business School but failed to graduate due to personal reasons. In the year 2015, Dick Devos revealed that he had made charitable donations of $15 million. Dick Devos is passionate about the education system. From time to time, he says that the current system has failed many Americans in pursuit of the American Dream. His love for education may be the reason why most of his donation goes to this sector. 26 percent of the 2015 donation went to this sector.


In the same year, he revealed that he had spent approximately $5.3 million on political donations. This makes it a third of the money he dished out that year. He has been a member of the Republican Party for a while even vying for the 2006 Michigan gubernatorial seat but lost to the Democratic candidate. However, Dick Devos also minds about other institutions in the society as the rest of the money goes to these institutions. These institutions include religious organizations such as churches and community service institutions. Some of the money goes to arts, civic leadership and health institutions.


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.