Dick DeVos- American based Philanthropist and Businessman

Dick DeVos is an entrepreneur currently living in Michigan, USA. Throughout his business career, Dick DeVos has worked in a number of executive jobs at the NBA’s Orlando Magic, Amway, and the Windquest Group; where he currently functions as its Chief Executive Officer. Dick DeVos together with his wife Betsy DeVos founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Through the organization, the family has been able to use its wealth in different charitable endeavors.

In 2015, the foundation contributed 11.6 million dollars in various charitable endeavors. The prior focus of the foundation is to better the education of the people in the society. Therefore, out of the 11.6 million dollars, Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation used 3 million dollars to educational causes and another 357,000 dollars as an award to different organizations supporting education reform. According to an interview with the MLive and The Grand Rapids Press, DeVos said that the present-day school system was not satisfying the American ambition. Therefore, Dick DeVos says that the main aim of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is to tackle the shortcomings of the one-size-fits-all public education platform by finding a more efficient school system.

In 2013, the primary beneficiaries of the foundation’s contributions were Dick DeVos’ alma mater Northwood University in Midland (200,000 dollars), Ferris State University in Big Rapids (100,000 dollars), West Michigan Aviation Academy (315,000 dollars), and the Rehoboth Christian School in New Mexico (50,000 dollars). Besides, other beneficiaries include Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning (25,000 dollars), Potter’s House in Wyoming (301,000 dollars), and the Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids (50,000 dollars).

Apart from education, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation also focus on Arts and Culture. Thus, the couple donated a 21 percent of the total charitable donation to matters related to Arts and Culture in 2015. The foundation has also used 22 million dollars as a contribution to the starting of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management (University of Maryland). Moreover, the couple also supported Michael Kaiser’s efforts to reinforce the business side of arts organizations.

The rest of the donation is divided into the following: civic, community and other (16 percent); leadership and development (13 percent); Public Policy (12 percent), Health & Human Services (5 percent) and churches (4 percent)

Besides the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Dick DeVos is also associated with Orlando Magic Basketball, The Heritage Foundation, Great Lakes Education Project, Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan, Spectrum Health, Michigan Republican Party, HydrAid BioSand Water Filter, and West Michigan Aviation Academy. Also, others include Amway Global, The Stow Company, ArtPrize, Northwood University Alumni and Friends, The Windquest Group, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and Alticor.