When talking of people who have a helping heart in America, then you can’t fail to mention Dick DeVos. Political affiliates term him as a determined financier to the Republican politics but in reality, a bigger chunk of his donations have been directed towards charitable contributions in the country. With so far nearly $139 million in philanthropic giving having been channeled to charity works through his family foundation, the DeVos family remains among the top givers in the country. Dick and Betsy family contributed unprecedented $11.6 million to steer charitable activities in the country in 2015 alone. This doubled the $5.3 million campaign donations it had made in the previous five years.
Dick and Betsy DeVos family traces its roots from a very noble family with strong support to the Republican politics. Right from Dick’s father, the family has been blessed with vast wealth, which has informed most of their spending sprees in public donations including both political and charitable contributions. It’s not surprising that the entire DeVos family donated $104 million in charitable contributions in 2015 alone, ranking the family as the 24th Top Givers in America. These 2015 contributions saw the entire DeVos Family hit a lifetime donation of $1.33 billion.
Apart from political donations, most of the philanthropy contributions have been channeled to the education institutions. This has always reiterated how the family prioritizes the education sector. The DeVos family has always viewed the education inequalities as a ‘civil rights problem.’ The family’s view is that the system maligns the less fortunate kids in the society, and perhaps this has contributed to these kids not realizing the American dream. This has been the informing factor behind their rigorous involvement in the education sector. The family has been of huge assistance to the Michigan Schools, including the Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, Detroit Charter School Company, the West Michigan Aviation Academy among other schools in the region.
Dick is not only interested in education; the family’s penchant for pure creativity and arts has seen their foundation support art and culture institutions across America. Their donations in the past years have initiated the launching of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. The institution is purely mandated to advance high-quality arts management, which they term as critical to the future of Arts globally. This donation has stressed how the family is concerned with the well-being of the American society.
About Dick DeVos
Dick DeVos is an American entrepreneur and a businessman who also doubles as a philanthropist. The 61-year-old is the son of Amway co-founder, Richard DeVos. He has been participating in the family business since he graduated. DeVos graduated from the Northwood University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.