Dick DeVos and Betsy DeVos are known for their political donations. However, their charity contribution is a huge amount of one-hundred-and-nine million dollars. Betsy DeVos is the current nominee for Secretary of Education. The couple unveiled their plans for donating money in various philanthropic activities. Two years ago, the couple announced almost twelve million dollars for charity endeavors on the website of their foundation. It is two times the amount Betsy DeVos donated to political campaigns during last few years. The move is expected to pave her way to enter the new Cabinet.
The DeVos family is involved in Republican politics for a long time. Dick’s father and co-founder of Amway Rich DeVos along his children also donated a huge amount of money to charity two years ago. That year they got the twenty-fourth spot on Forbes list of America’s Top Givers. According to the data provided to Forbes by the DeVos family, their lifetime donation is more than one billion dollars. That is a quarter of their total fortune. Betsy DeVos is the daughter of late Edgar Prince who was Dutch industrialist known for charity and political donations. The top priority of the couple’s philanthropic activity is education. Two years ago, they donated an amount of three million dollars for this purpose which was a quarter of their total donations. In addition to this, the couple’s foundation donated three percent of the total amount to groups which work for reforms in education.
According to Dick DeVos, the spending of the couple shows they give education the top priority. He said that he thinks the current educational system is not according to the American dream. In fact, it is a problem of civil rights. While talking to The Grand Rapids Press and MLive, DeVos said that children growing up in different areas of the country do not have access to the American dream. They don’t get the education which is necessary to achieve their targets. The current educational system is not addressing all necessary problems which are not the fault of employees.
Dick DeVos has worked in organizations like Amway, Orlando Magic, Alticor, and The Windquest Group. He started working in Amway in 1974. He held different positions and dealt with issues like finance, sales, marketing, manufacturing, and R & D. He became the company’s Vice President in 1984 and was responsible for the operations in eighteen countries. In 1991, his family bought the basketball franchise of Orlando Magic. Dick DeVos served as its Chief Executive Officer and President until 2005. In 1993, he joined Alticor as the President. Under his leadership, the company’s operations expanded to over fifty countries on six continents. DeVos looked after different issues at The Windquest Group which are working on alternative energy.
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