Dick DeVos is the husband of the new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. The son of the co-founder of Amway, Dick DeVos is no stay-at-home type of guy, either. He has always been in the lime light as head of Amway, the most successful multi-level marketing company in the world.
And the DeVos family is no stranger to charities and foundations, either, having donated nearly $139 million in their lifetimes.
They have been active members of the Republican Party for decades. Altogether, Dick DeVos’s extended family gave out more than $104 million in charity donation in the year of 2015. That would bring an aggregate total of all the family’s donations to over $1.33 billion. Yes, that is a “b” there.
What is truly interesting about Dick DeVos and his charity contributions is the number of educational foundation and charities he supports. He and his wife donated more that $3 million to educational causes in 2015. That is more than 26% of their total donations to charity.
Their spending on education, says Dick DeVos, is a reflection of how they feel about the need to support education and improving it for coming generations.
With a belief that the current educational systems are not fulfilling the American dream, the DeVos family feels that they need to take action to bring the shortcomings of the educational system to people’s attention by giving to foundations, and starting foundations, that bring that idea to the forefront.
Though they are often the brunt of criticism from their political rivals, they continue to harbor the beliefs and take action to show that they believe that vouchers and magnet schools might be more helpful than thought. People say that their idea will siphon funds away from public schools, but this complaint is met with smiles and an attitude of friendship. The figures are the proof, they say.
Yes, Dick DeVos is a man who loves to give to education. We need more people like him in this country.