Dick DeVos, Doing Good through Philanthropy
It is human nature to give. The most famous individuals in the history of humanity are those who have at one point in time contributed something that happened to benefit society. Dick DeVos in his right is a billionaire who has cultivated a culture of giving through philanthropy. Using his wealth, influence, and power, the entrepreneur, politician cum philanthropist has done all within reason to help children from low-income families have access to quality education. Working hand in hand with his wife, Betsy DeVos, the duo has been able to initiate many reforms regarding education. It is due to Dick’s efforts that young pilots are now able to go through his West Michigan Aviation Academy, a charter school in pursuit of education and training at a subsidy.
Above all, Dick has been a vibrant supporter of art and leadership, sponsoring many institutions so that they can be able to deliver quality services to their learners. Some of the educational facilities that have been on the receiving end of Dick’s goodwill include the Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Potter’s House in Wyoming, and the Rehoboth Christian School. Also, the Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, the Dick DeVos’ alma mater Northwood University in Midland, and the Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning have benefited from Dick’s good heart. Dick’s journey to philanthropy starts decades ago, at a time when the billionaire husband witnessed with his current wife, Betsy, parents struggling to put their children through school. Since then, the couple has felt inspired to help people in need succeed in life. In 2010, Dick and Betsy revealed how much they had spent in their lifetimes through philanthropy. Based on the statistics given, the couple summed their giving to approximately $139 million.
Apart from being actively involved in philanthropy, Dick DeVos has had the privilege of running his father’s company, the Amway Corporation. Being the work horse that Dick is, he has been able to headline many companies as an employee. For instance, Dick DeVos has been part and parcel of The Windquest Group, the National Basket Association’s Orlando Magic Basketball franchise, and the Alticor Corporation (an umbrella body blanketing the Quixtar Corporation and the Access Business Group).
Dick DeVos has also had active engagements in matters regarding politics. In 2006, Dick so happened to contend in the governor’s race for the State of Michigan. During the campaigns, DeVos used not less than $40 million to finance his activities. Taking a look at Dick’s history in charitable giving, he has done what national governments from across the globe have failed to do. Therefore, Dick DeVos is a man who has built a legacy by touching the lives of the less fortunate and giving them hope where none existed.