The DeVos family has long been in the spotlights when talking about charitable causes and donations. Both Richard DeVos and his wife Betsy DeVos have fought for their beliefs by supporting non-profitable initiatives especially for promoting a better education and improve the American politics. The charitable contributions of this couple have added up to $139 million across their careers, but the maximum amount invested on charities that the family has given throughout history goes way beyond this sum. Accounting for Dick’s father, the co-founder of Amway, as well as other family members from both sides, the donations are estimated to surpass the $1 billion milestone, being estimated around $1,33 billion.
His wife, Betsy DeVos, is better known for supporting causes that improve the accessibility to education in the United States. She has done this through public speech, political movements and by donating to these causes. The couple is now lifting the veil and revealing the millions of investment they have been feeding through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Most of this investment had gone to education since they made a decision to make philanthropically work, when they visited Potter’s House Christian School and realized that not all American children had access to decent schools, especially for families that don’t have the best financial condition.
They are also the patrons of West Michigan Aviation Academy (founded by Richard DeVos Jr. himself) and have supported organizations like the American Federation for Children and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Program. Looking at their most recent donations, the newest target subject for their contributions seems to be the Artistic market. They invested more than $2.4 million into that. The reason is that Richard and Betsy believe that art is an essential part of the American culture and it is critical to the future of the nation. The rest of their investments without profit seem to be aimed at Public Policy, Health & Human Resources, among others.
Who is Dick DeVos?
Richard Marvin “Dick” DeVos Jr. is the husband of Betsy DeVos, both being very famous figures in the American history. He is a businessman but is more acknowledged for the philanthropy work that he and his wife have done on the political side as well as charitable, non-profitable causes. Richard DeVos is currently the president of Windquest Group which promotes solutions and products that support clean energy. He was also chairman of the Amway Corporation which is a sales company as well as CEO of Orlando Magic & Amway Center. He has the role of advisor in two distinct companies, being them “Willow Creek Association” and “West Michigan Aviation Academy,” where he has put in practice his love and experience for aviation.