Dick DeVos is one of the most charitable men on the planet. He has been known as a generous man when it comes to his fortune. He is married to Betsy DeVos who is a politician, philanthropist and best known for being a businesswoman. She has done some work together with him in the education sector especially in their home state of Michigan.
When he started being a philanthropist, he aimed at the reformation of the education sector. So far, he has given away a total of over $139 million to these causes. Together with his wife who is currently the Secretary of Education, they have been ranked at number 24 on the Forbes list of top givers.
The Democrat Agenda
Over the years, the DeVos family has been instrumental in financially backing the Republicans. After all those years of donations to the party, they have given away an estimated $1 billion. This has caused some critics of their education agenda charity to speak out and say that they are using the charity as a cover for politicking.
But then again, these are people who have mostly done nothing themselves so…
The Education of Kids for the American Dream
The American Dream is hinged and leaning heavily on proper and beneficial education. It is Dick’s professional and carefully studied opinion that the education system we have right now does not really help cover that the way that it should. That is why; he has enjoyed making changes especially in his home state Michigan.
The Charity Beneficiaries
This is just a short list of some of his notable charities that have impacted learning and brought quality plus change.
1. Michigan Aviation Academy
2. Compass College of Cinematic Arts
3. Northwood University
4. Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning
These schools are the ones that have received a rather higher amount of his charitable gestures.
What He Has Achieved
By funding these schools, he made it easy for them to make sure that everyone is catered for and that his interest in advancing the American Dream has been realized even if it’s on a small scale. The underprivileged have enjoyed this support tremendously.
The DeVos Institute of Arts Management
Dick was the one who lunched the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. He invested $22 million to launch this school at the University of Maryland which brought a change in landscape in the faculties at the University.
The Family Business
The DeVos family has been running the Amway Corporations which has enjoyed several benefits and successes over the years. They have also made it a family business to be philanthropists and the children sired by Dick have on occasion told him to make more effort when it comes to the charity works.
And that is why he aspires always to give more.