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.
The DeVos family has a rich history of entrepreneurship as well as a generous hand that is visible in various charitable organizations. Dick DeVos as a separate entity is also as successful as the other members of his family. He is a household name in American business not only because of his family name.
His flagship corporate, The Windquest Group, is also a force to reckon with in various industries spanning from liquor to education. Dick DeVos formerly served as the president of the Orlando Magic NBA franchise and the Amway group. Other areas of operation include technology, clean energy as well as manufacturing among others. Community involvement that is in line with his family’s contributions has also contributed to his fame. Dick DeVos married Betsy DeVos, and they have four children.
Despite their busy lives, the DeVos dedicate a lot of time to philanthropy aimed at creating solutions to social problems. Betsy DeVos is the unseen hand that does a lot of management work.
This foundation separates their philanthropic work from the larger DeVos family philanthropy. However, their involvement in furtherance of education stands out due to its impact on the lives of many disadvantaged children. The desire to see education change peoples’ lives started early while their children were in school.
Their love for education has also seen Dick serve on the State Board of Education. In their capacity as a family, they initiated the Education Freedom Fund that has awarded over four thousand scholarships to date. With involvement in education, Dick DeVos has been an active contributor to arts and justice programs.
These and many other engagements have contributed to advancing their good name. Launched over thirty years ago, the foundation as an avenue for their philanthropic work. Both founders possess excellent education credentials that are partly the reason behind their interest in education.
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is mainly intent on catalyzing partners or organizations. These organizations position communities both locally and internationally for viability as well as growth. With a belief in boldness, the DeVos are always ready to take the first step. Hard work is also a culture that they have adopted despite tutoring others into the business. However, they have a commitment to making a difference in whatever initiatives they are involved.