Among the highest philanthropists n America are Dick and Betsy DeVos. The couple has faced much criticism for their giving in political courses. However, the fact is that they give more in charitable courses than in political agendas; in fact, the latter is just pocket change in comparison to the former. Dick and Betsy’s giving is more genetic than showy. The two came from family backgrounds where parents were big givers. Rich DeVos, Dick’s dad, was named among the highest donors in America’s Forbes’ list, as he and his family gave a total of $104 million in charitable donations in 2015. The same applies to Edgar Prince, Betsy’s dad, who was a great industrialist and philanthropist in Holland. Based on this, it’s clear that the couple gives more out of family legacy than for any other reason.
Dick and Betsy’s say that they mainly give to reform situations in America. One of their greatest interests is education because they feel that the traditional public system has failed to address the needs of many students. In Dick’s words, the system fails to help people attain the American Dream. The couple gives to Charter and Voucher schools that are more transformational than the old regime. They also posit that most people have decided to join the new type of schools since they offer better results than public schools.
In a recent interview, Betsy DeVos said that she had given $6 million in political courses in the last six years and $11. 6 Million in one year alone to charitable courses. The above statistics made it clear that she is more given to charity than to politics. Most of her giving is also related to educational courses.
Dick DeVos Work History
Dick DeVos is the oldest son of Richard DeVos, who co-founded Amway Corporation with Van Andel. DeVos began his career in the Amway Corporation back in 1974 where he held many positions at different levels. After ten years of working in the corporation, Dick was promoted to the post of Vice President of the company’s operations in 18 countries. Rich DeVos understood that this would give the son the necessary experience to run the family business. In 1989, Dick left Amway to launch his own company called Windquest Group, a company that dealt with the innovations in manufacturing, technology, and energy solutions.
Later in 1991, Dick was appointed to be the manager of the Orlando Magic Basketball Franchise’s National Basket Association. However, Dick remained active in the leadership of Windquest. In 1993, Dick returned to Amway as the company president after the father retired from the position. He also was the overseer of the corporation’s restructuring whereby Alticor Corporation was created. Alticor became an umbrella body that compromised Access Business Group, Alticor, and Amway. Consequently, the company now reached over 50 countries in 6 continents.