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.