Through their family foundation, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Dick DeVos and Betsy DeVos have donated well over $130 million to various charitable causes since the foundation was established in 1990. The couple is passionate about improving education in the U.S. although they also donate to charities that deal with other issues such as healthcare. On average, more than a quarter of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation’s annual charitable donations are given to non-profit organizations that deal with educational issues. This just goes to show how much commitment they have to improving the education system in the country.
The charter schools that Mr. and Mrs. DeVos started aim to provide children with a good education that is tailored to their unique needs and abilities as opposed to using one approach for all children as conventional schools do. This enables the children to grow and learn at a pace that is comfortable for them. The DeVoses believe that the current education system is good but it can be made much better by using the charter schools’ approach. Some of the beneficiaries of the couple’s charitable donations in recent years include Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning, West Michigan Aviation Academy, and Rehoboth Christian School among others. The DeVos family as a whole has contributed so much to various charitable causes that they appeared in the top 30 in the 2015 list of America’s Top Givers.
Dick DeVos’ Personal and Work History
Dick DeVos’ is a renowned philanthropist and entrepreneur in the U.S. He is married to Betsy DeVos, the current U.S. Education Secretary. His first job was at his father’s company, Amway Corporation, where he did various operational tasks between 1974 and 1984. His commitment to hard work and excellence saw him rise up the ranks very fast and in 10 short years, he was appointed vice president of some of the company’s international operations. He left Amway five years later and started the Windquest Group, which manufactures closet and storage organizers. DeVos has held numerous other high-profile positions in various organizations, including the position of president of Amway Corporation. DeVos tried to get into politics in 2006 when he vied for the gubernatorial seat in Michigan but lost.
The DeVoses are truly committed to improving the welfare of the community through their charitable donations and affiliation with various non-profit organizations. They have made a big impact so far, especially in the education sector, and they do not plan to stop any time soon. In her position as Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos has the power to influence major reforms in the education sector to improve the quality of education in the country. This will enable the DeVoses to do even more for the education sector in the country.