The DeVos Family Builds a Legacy in the World of Philanthropy

As expected, Dick and Betsy DeVos receive a lot of criticism and attention after their substantial political donations. However, this could be just a drop of water in the ocean if the donation is compared to the family’s massive contributions to charity which amounts to over 139 Million dollars throughout their lifetimes. In 2015 for example, the DeVoses donated about 11.6 million dollars through their family foundation. The amount donated doubles the 5.3 million dollars they had previously donated to campaigns according to Betsy DeVos who was questioned by the federal government about her Cabinet post.

The DeVos couple has earned itself a high profile from its relentless contribution to the Republican politics for several years led by Dick’s dad who is one of the founding members to the Rich DeVos. The family has given over 104 billion dollars in various charity donations that were held in the year 2015. The family was ranked in the Forbes 24th position in the list of the American Top Givers. Throughout their philanthropic activities, the family is seen to give their foremost priority to education. In 2015, 26 percent of the total money contributed by the family was awarded to various educational causes.

On the other sides, the family critics argue that the money donated by the DeVos family to the charter schools is stolen in the form of tax from the American traditional public schools. The DeVos believes in creating better systems that will help to improve the educator’s efficiency in reaching all children. The family has been supporting the Chicago-area megachurch as part of their endeavors to nurture leadership development. In efforts to ensure that their philanthropic works continue to the next generations, the couple decided to include their children in their charitable activities, and hence they added the word family in their foundation name.

Born in 1955, Dick DeVos is the first born son of Richard DeVos who founded the private company Amway Corporation together with Jay Van Andel. The company is a huge network of sales that deals with the distribution of household, health and various personal care products through their company dealers. He started working at the Amway Corporation back in 1974 where he was given responsibilities in the different departments of the company. He became the company’s vice president responsible for the company’s operations in about 18 countries. He was later chosen by his father in 1991 as the manager of the Orlando Magic Basketball franchise acquired by the DeVos family. His exceptional leadership qualities saw Dick being appointed in several other senior executive positions in the family companies until he decided to join politics in 2006 by vying for the Michigan state gubernatorial seat using the Republican ticket.

 

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