Dick and Betsy DeVos have garnered a lot of attention lately especially because of Betsy position in the Trump administration. Following her nomination to the post of the Secretary of Education, it was mandatory for her to reveal her philanthropy work before she was confirmed.
The couple decided to reveal their contributions before the vetting. Most critics criticized the move saying that it was a ploy to divert the attention of the public away from their contributions. Now, whether it was a trick or not: revealing their charitable contributions showed their support for transparency.
According to a report that was published on their website, the couple has contributed over $139 million in the course of their lifetime. In 2015, they had contributed $11.3 million towards different causes. Most of their contributions are for the education sector. The couple is passionate about the education system. 26% of the $11.5 million was given towards the education sector. In addition, their foundation contributed $357,000 towards the education reforms. Dick DeVos said that their contributions reflect their priority on education.
About Dick DeVos
Dick DeVos is a businessman who has engaged in different projects. Despite coming from a wealthy family, he has managed to build his career on his own. He made a name for himself by working for Amway. Amway is a multi-level marketing Company that sells a variety of products on beauty, health and homecare products. He joined the Company in 1974 and was responsible for research, manufacturing, sales and marketing.
Dick later became the Vice President of the Company in 1984. He was in charge of overseeing the operations of the 18 offices of the Company based outside North America.
He served as the President and the Chief Executive Officer of Orlando Magic Company. Dick later resigned in 1991 and rejoined the Amway as its President. He succeeded his Father who was the co-founder of Amway.
He managed to lead the Company to great success. They expanded into other countries. In total, there were 50 offices on the six continents. By the time he was living the Company, the sales had increased to $4.5 billion. In 2005, he became part owner of Orlando Magic this was after his father divided the shares among his children.
Together with his wife, they founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Through their foundation, they have made different contributions. They opened the West Michigan Aviation Academy in 2010. This was the nation’s first aviation high school.
They also established the Dick and Betsy DeVos Scholarship in 2008. The scholarship supports students pursuing MA, MBA, and MS. They also support students from developing countries.
Dick received his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the Northwood University. He did attend the Harvard Business School, but he did not graduate.