Although I was aware of the work of Betsy DeVos as an education reformer I was less aware of the fact her husband, the former AmWay President Dick DeVos was as committed to this cause as his now Secretary of Education wife. After reading an article from MLive I found myself becoming even more impressed with the philanthropic work of Dick DeVos and the family as a whole, who I was amazed to discover have given away around one quarter of the $5.2 billion fortune created through the AmWay Group Dick played a key role in aligning for the 21st century.
I understand Dick DeVos is one of the world’s leading business people who has taken his skills to the NBA, the DeVos family’s AmWay group, and the Windquest Group investment company he shares with wife Betsy; I was less aware of the fact Dick DeVos has given his own financial backing to a number of educational groups and schools in the Michigan area and across the U.S. Among the educational groups and schools Dick has provided his backing for are the Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, Ferris State University in Big Rapids, and the Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Living; in 2015 I was pleased to read Dick and Betsy DeVos have donated almost $3 million to various schools and educational groups, including the West Michigan Aviation Academy that was inspired by Dick’s own love of flying.
The commitment to the educational causes that face the U.S. is to be commended by myself and those who explore the philanthropic works of Dick and his family as a whole, I believe the range of good causes backed by the family show just how committed he and his family are to creating a successful community at all levels. As many of us believe a successful community must include a range of interests for the people of any area of the world, which should also include a vibrant range of arts and culture opportunities and programs. As a lover of the arts I was pleased to read Dick and Betsy DeVos had provided over $2 million in 2015 alone to arts based charitable programs, which does not include the huge $22 million donation made to the University of Maryland to establish the DeVos institute of Arts Management.
There is a saying that charity starts at home. People who give are givers by nature. It takes a special type of person to give to others without expecting anything in return. Giving comes from the heart. The desire to give and help others is something that people have to bring from the inside. The amount of giving or the type of giving depends on the particular situation of the givers, but the same selfless heart is found in almost all givers.
There are many people who need help. Sometimes the difference between people surviving or not surviving can be the help provided by some unknown givers. People in need have many different types of needs. Some are basic such as food and housing while other needs are more specific such as money to attend college. Whatever the need, without some help there are many people who would go lacking without assistance.
Although there are many kinds of giving, the type of giving that people usually think about most is financial. The giving of money is universal. People who give are able to help in a variety of ways through financial support. Money giving by contributors can be used to help many people. Philanthropy is something that many people have been doing for years. The amount of money giving by contributors varies from person to person.
A well-known philanthropist is Dick DeVos. He has given millions of dollars over his lifetime to a wide array of charities and causes. The financial support given by Dick DeVos has helped many people. In addition, his wife Betsy DeVos stands beside him in his given efforts. Both have given to help others.
The sum total of their given is close to 139 million dollars. A large sum of money by any standards, the financial contributions provided by Dick DeVos and Betsy DeVos should be commended. I believe that Dick DeVos has helped many people through his financial contributions, but I also believe that he has helped to encourage others to give. Maybe not the amount of money given by Dick DeVos but an amount that people can feel good about given.
Dick DeVos is known for his Philanthropy, but he is also known in the business world for his excellent executive abilities. Dick DeVos has been in high executive positions at Amway and the Orlando Magic where he did an outstanding job. He is currently the President of Windquest where he is leading the company successfully. Dick DeVos has achieved great success in the business world. He is a proven leader and an outstanding communicator. Through his hard work and tireless efforts, Dick DeVos has made a name for himself as a top-notch business executive.