For years the DeVos family has been dedicated to giving back. Dick DeVos and his family have a passion for helping others and have given millions of dollars to many causes. The famiy has given lots of money to education along with a variety of other worthy causes.
The DeVos family has given nearly $150 million dollars to causes outside of the political world. Betsy Devos (Dick’s wife) has contributed money to causes devoted to educational choice as well as other Republican candidates. Just in the year 2015, Dick DeVos and his wife gave more than tweleve million dollars to various charities (according to the Family Foundation website.) Dick DeVos’s commitment to philanthropy is quite obvious as the his 2015 donation are more than double his giving for the previous five years.
Dick DeVos recently said that his family’s giving is a reflection of their priority of improving education. In 2015 Dick and his family gave more than 3 million dollars to educational causes. This accounted for more than a fourth of their giving for the year. On top of this giving they gave nearly another 400,000 dollars to educational reform. According to Forbes Magazine, Dick DeVos and his family has given more than 1.3 billon dollars over their lifetimes. This accounts for more than a fourth of his overall 5 billion dollar fortune.
Over time Dick DeVos has put together an incredible career. This American entrepreneur and businessman is currently the former CEO of Amway, a company that uses of multi-level marketing to sell health products. During this time he helped to create several important facilities including he DeVos Place Convention Center, the DeVos Performance Hall, and Michigan State University’s medical school. All of these projects improve the city and even transformed the Grand Rapids skyline.
DeVos has a long history of working in many other areas In the year 2000, Dick founded an aviation charter high school at Grand Rapids International Airport. In Grand Rapids, he and his family donated more than $12 million toward the construction of a children’s hospital. He has worked for years with his wife on a variety of causes. He continues to be committed to giving not only his time, but his money to causes he feels are worthwhile.