The money Dick DeVos and his Family Foundation have given through humanitarian missions to date is estimated to be about $139 million. In the year 2015 alone, the family contributed $104 million to nonprofits and charities making it be placed 24th on the list of America’s Top Givers published by Forbes Magazine. Out of these, Dick gave out about $11.6 million. No other wealthy family from West Michigan has given as much as they have done. This is in keeping with the long tradition of providing that the families from sides, the Netherlands where Madam Betsy has her roots, and the US where Mr. Dick lives, have established over their lifetimes.
Whereas undue attention might be directed at the vast sums they also set aside for political causes, it is clear that education is the top priority in their donations. In the recent past, 2015, educational causes have received more than$ 3 million from the family largesse, which accounted for 26 percent of the entire sums they donated that year. Improvement of learning environments and helping the poor acquire quality education forms a major part their activities. According to the couple, the current American system of learning to a great measure does not reflect the American Dream. They want to empower undeserving and underprivileged children to attain meaningful life through decent education. Dick DeVos emphasizes the right of every child to be taught by skilled educators in every institution.
In 2013, Dick DeVos funneled out thousands of dollars to the following schools and colleges; Rehoboth Christian School in New Mexico, Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning, Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, West Michigan Aviation Academy, Dick DeVos’ alma mater Northwood University in Midland, and Potter’s House in Wyoming. The publication of the beneficiaries is an effort at transparency in donating for worthy causes. It is also proof that all contributions by the Foundation fulfill the criteria expected of organizations that support charities. The charter schools the family supports cater mainly to the economically disadvantaged students in those localities. The couple also supports Arts & Culture, and in 2015, they gave $2.4 million towards instilling high-quality managements in arts. The DeVoses never attach any conditions to what they give, and their interest is not limited to schools alone. Other areas in which their donations go include; health and human Services, churches, leadership development, and community welfare.
Dick DeVos has been part of the family business, Amway Corporation, from 1974. He has held many executive positions in many of its international branches. He is also a founder and President of Windquest Group, and he manages the NBA’s Orlando Magic Basketball franchise. Dick is a big political player in Michigan