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Dick DeVos’ Effort of Supporting Educational Causes

There is no doubt that Dick DeVos’ family is famous for its philanthropic initiatives in the United States. The family is believed to have dolled out approximately $139 million, since they began contributing to charitable causes. Every year, Dick, his wife Betsy DeVos and their grown up children contribute millions of dollars to fund various projects and other programs that directly impact the lives of individuals and communities. The donations are released through a foundation owned by the family. According to information found on the foundation’s website, Dick and his family contributed $11.6 million to charity in 2015. The extended DeVos family, which is headed by Dick’s father, Rich DeVos, the co-founder of Amway, donated $104 million in 2015, landing them on position 24th according to Forbes’ “America’s Top Givers” list.


Large portion of Dick and Betsy’s contributions are allotted to educational programs. For instance, out of $ 11.6 million they donated in 2015, $3 million was used to fund educational causes. Besides donating directly to educational programs, they gave an addition $357,000 to help organizations involved in fighting education reforms. This is a reflection of how Dick DeVos is committed to ensure learners in the U.S. have accessed the right quality of education they deserve. Dick noted that the poor performance of students was as a result of education system that could not help kids fulfill their dreams. It had turned into a civil rights problem, where less privileged children cannot receive same level education as those from privileged families. When being interviewed on MLive and The Grand Rapids Press, Mr. Dick DeVos said that he was worried about how kids from some ZIP codes do not have the opportunity to choose the right education to enable them realize their dreams and goals. This discrimination is what inspired Dick to start focusing on ways of helping those children access better education.


Personal and Career Life of Dick DeVos


Dick DeVos joined Amway in 1974, where he held different positions, climbing the corporate ladder until he succeeded his dad as the President of the company. Prior to serving as the company’s president, Dick was the vice president. He was in charge of Amway’s operations in 18 nations, and it offered him the opportunity to earn additional experience outside the United States.


In 1989, Dick created The Windquest, a firm specializing in the production of packaging materials. He left the family business to concentrate on his new venture. However, his family acquired Orland Magic in 1991, and Dick was appointed to lead the club. In 1993, he went back to Amway, this time as its president a position he held until 2002 when he retired to concentrate on his business, The Windquest Group.


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