Philanthropist, Philanthropy

Dick DeVos is a Devoted Person to Philanthropic Causes

If you are not aware of who Dick Devos is, well you are about to find out. Dick Devos is one of the nation’s top donors for many charitable causes. He is a billionaire and an heir to the Amway fortune. Devos is the son of Richard Devos who is a co-founder of Amway. Devos has operated his father’s company in the past and helped to make it an extremely profitable organization under his leadership.


These days, Devos is no longer running his father’s business. He is now the president of The Windquest Group. Devos uses his vast resources and finances to fund his charitable contributions that he makes through the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation. This non-profit organization is designed to provide contributions to various causes that Dick and his wife believe in.


By the way, Dick is the husband of Betsy Devos who is the 11th U.S. Secretary of Education under Donald Trump. Betsy follows her husband’s lead with making donations for causes. Her position as the nation’s leading educational figure has helped to elevate the Devos’s platform for giving.


The field of education is an important platform for the Devos family. Dick and his wife Betsy are really passionate about education because they realize that it is fundamental to achieving the American Dream. Devos realized well over 20 years ago, that if people do not have the proper education they will not be able to achieve the success that they want and need in life.


Devos and his wife also enjoys helping parents and other educators who are involved within the field of education. Years ago, when Devos’s children were school-aged students; he realized that they had a connection with other parents and even teachers.


He faced the same challenges and problems that they were going through when it came to providing their children a high-quality education. Strange as this might sound; even a financially well off family can have “under-educated” children. It happens a lot more than people believe.


Devos and his wife also started the West Michigan Aviation Acaemy which is a charter school in Grand Rapids, Michigan for future pilots. He has also provided support for school choice policies and for vouchers. Devos is passionate about this cause and he pushes for it on a regular basis. Devos also gives to the arts and other organizations such as after school programs.


Devos wants to help people. He is committed to this cause. He knows that the new standard of wealth in modern times is measured by philanthropic giving. In other words, people who really have money must help others with it to show their true financial wealth. Devos (and his wife) is committed to taking this action. He wants to ensure that people are receiving the aid that they need. Devos also wants to do his part with making the United States a better place to be for everyone.




The Philanthropic Ways of DeVos and His Family

Betsy DeVos is a reformer and her love for politics began way back when she was in the university. She was involved in campus politics and has been an active politician since then. The reforming trend runs in her family since her husband served as a Republican nominee for Governor of Michigan. Mrs. DeVos has been a leader of various party organizations, campaigns, and political action committees for the last 30 years. She served as the chairperson of the Michigan Republic Party for six years. Just like in politics, Betsy also seeks innovative solutions to social issues in the business world. Betsy is the chairperson of Windquest Group, a private multi-firm dealing with technology, clean energy, and manufacturing. Betsy established the firm in 1989 together with her husband, Dick DeVos. Most importantly, Betsy is a philanthropist, who has founded organizations like Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.


About Dick DeVos

Dick was born on October 21, 1955, and is the president of Windquest Group. Dick has been married to Betsy for more than 30 years, and they have four children. Dick graduated from Forest Hills Public Schools and Northwood University. His career life began in 1974 when he got a job at Amway Corporation, and he held positions in several divisions. Dick DeVos became the company’s vice president in 1984 before moving to Orlando Magic basketball franchise. Later in 1993, he went back to Amway, this time as the president.


I am encouraged by the success of Dick not only in his career life but also as a philanthropist. I like a message from Dick where he encourages people to be bold, humble, hard working, volunteer and take the first step now. Dick believes that the vital thing is to make a difference and follow your commitments. DeVos and his family are involved in many philanthropic deeds. Notably, I cannot fail to recognize the efforts of DeVos, his family and his basketball team towards the families of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub. They donated $500,000 to assist the families after the tragedy. The West Michigan family donated $400,000 to help the 49 families.


Their stand on the anti-gay campaign cannot go unnoticed. DeVos lead Amway towards giving a donation of millions of dollars to fight the legalization of gay marriages. I think DeVos and his family are devoted towards helping the society through its donations. Research shows that the family is at number 20 on the top 50 givers list. For more information, click here. Dick believes that the foundation aims at serving as a vehicle for giving. In my opinion, the foundation is a faithful steward, based on how much it has impacted on the society all over the world.