As a parent I have always been concerned with the way the education system in the U.S. would support the future of my own children, but I have had some of my concerns laid to rest by the work of Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy in bringing real life educational change to the people of 17 states already. I recently read an interview with Betsy DeVos in Philanthropy Roundtable that gave some background about why the DeVos family has become so important in the educational reform movement; I was impressed with the fact Betsy DeVos explained she and Dick had slowly come to the realization they should get involved in education reform from the 1970s onwards. Among the ways I have been impressed with Dick DeVos is the fact he has been willing to sacrifice his own time and become an elected official for the Michigan Board of Education despite enjoying a successful career with the AmWay Group that has given him a personal fortune estimated at more than $5 billion.
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has been at the forefront of many different philanthropic causes that have impressed me greatly, including the development of a number of schools across the country that use the charter school model to allow young people the chance to follow their dreams. The Wikipedia page of Dick DeVos gave me a large amount of information about the former President of the AmWay Group and the interesting life he has led, including his time spent as CEO of the Orlando Magic NBA franchise. I was impressed to see the successful development of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management that was created with the aid of the Kennedy Center for the Arts.