Dick and his wife Betsy DeVos are a controversial couple in the world of philanthropy. This controversy originates from their enormous contributions to politics in the United States. During my research, I learnt that Dick and his wife Betsy had given donations amounting to $193 million. Nevertheless, as much as they are in the limelight for massive political donations, I discovered that much of their money goes to charitable causes as opposed to political ones.
For instance, Betsy revealed in her vetting process to become the US Education Secretary that the DeVos Family Foundation bequeathed $11.6 million to charitable ventures in 2015. This amount was twice more that they had donated to political campaigns for the past five years, $5.3 million. Therefore, I believe that they are genuine philanthropists and not led by political agendas.
Dick and Betsy are from families that have been actively involved in the Republican Party politics for many years. This also includes the couple’s four children who are also prominent philanthropists. In 2015, the DeVos family was ranked 24th on Forbes America’s Top Givers because of their total contributions amounting to $104 million in the same year. Moreover, I realised Forbes analysed their wealth only to reveal that the couple’s lifetime contributions approximated to 1.33 billion, which is a quarter if their entire fortune, $5.2 billion.
Dick and Betsy decided to reveal to the world the different causes they supported and the amount given to each cause in 2015. Education was a top priority for the high profiled couple who gave away $ 3 million to educational ventures and an extra $ 375,000 to societies that supported educational reforms. Other key areas included Public Policy ($1.3 million), Leadership and Development ($1.5 million, Health and Human services ($618,000), and Churches ($488,250).
About Dick DeVos
Dick DeVos attended the Northwood University for his undergraduate. He has had a vast career exposure working in countless executive posts at Amway, and NBA’s Orlando Magic. Currently, DeVos is the president and CEO of the Windquest Group. Beside business roles, Mr DeVos leads a number of community initiatives. For instance, I discovered that he is the founder of the Education Freedom Fund that has given put approximately 4,000 scholarships to disadvantaged children at the West Michigan Aviation Academy based in Michigan. DeVos has also sat on the State Board of Education.
Mr DeVos has won the National Champion sailor twice and is a qualified jet aircraft and helicopter pilot. Checking his Facebook page, I learnt that he is a public figure with over 18, 549 likes and has 18, 815 people following him. Most of his posts on this page include links to charitable ventures he is involved in, which are accompanied by several likes and comments. Mr DeVos has been married to Betsy for about 35 years, and they have four children and five grandchildren.