Dick and Betsy DeVos, the Greatest Philanthropists

Dick and Betsy DeVos are known for giving. Although the couple gives towards noble courses, some people complain that they give only towards political purposes. Unknown to these people is that the couple gives more towards charity than towards politics. In fact, the latter is only a small fraction of the former. In an interview with the federal government representative, Betsy DeVos said that she gave $6million towards political courses in the last five years, while she and her husband gave over $139 million towards charitable courses last year.

History reveals that Betsy and Dick do not give just for show as people claim. They do not even give because they have too much to give; to them, giving is their purpose. It is tied to their genetic code. Dick and Betsy come from genealogies where giving is inherent. Case in point, Dicks dad Richard DeVos was named among the highest givers in America after he and his children gave a total of $104 million in charity in 2014. Moreover, Richard is also famous for being a political giver. Similarly, Prince Edgar, Betsy’s father, was also a generous person giving both in political and charitable courses. He was a renowned industrialist in Holland, and his success made him a very influential person. Based on this, it is clear that Betsy and Dick are just an extension of who their parents were: givers.

Dick and Betsy have often said that most of their giving is directed towards correcting the old education system. The couple feels that the public school system fails many students who come from the wrong zip codes. These kids never have the chance to achieve the American dream because of the limitations they face. Consequently, the couple opts to sponsor projects in voucher and charter schools, which offered better terms for the students. The two gave $3 million in education related courses in 2015. They also gave an additional $357, 000 to groups that needed to reform the education system.

Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos is a natural leader, who began his tenure at his father’s business Amway Corporation in 1974. Initially, Dick was assigned many junior posts. However, in 1984, he was promoted to vice presidency post in the corporation. During this time, Dick was entrusted with the role of overseeing the company activities in 16 countries. His father Rich DeVos, who was president, wanted Dick to learn how to run the firm. Later, Dick started WindQuest company with his wife, Betsy. However, after running it for some years, Dick returned to Amway Corporation as the president upon his father’s retirement. In this time, Betsy DeVos took over the presidency at WindQuest. Windquest is still co-owned by Betsy and Dick, and Betsy is still the president.

 

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