It is a fact that Dick and Betsy DeVos’s prominence roots from politics. Real as it sounds, the two have majorly contributed to charity more than they have in politics. That is why on 9th January, 2017, they announced that they were ready to break down the cost of the much they had invested in charity. Following Betsy’s nomination as secretary of education in the United States, her contributions to schools and candidates of Republican were scrutinized with the aim of evaluating her performance. On a Wednesday, the couple lifted the veil on numerous philanthropic activities they were involved in.
In 2015, the couple donated $11.6 million towards charity. Following recent reports from their family foundation, the figure is twice their past five year’s campaign donations. This is according to the numbers Betsy reported to the federal office before nominations. Being key players in politics at a family level, the couple has made a name for itself in the field of politics and charity. Dick’s father was a Republican. He co-founded Amway and imparted charitable skills in his children. In 2015, Rich DeVos joined by his four sons, donated $104 million to charity.
Following the data provided by DeVos’s family, they have been generous enough to donate approximately quarter their fortune. For the couple, education is a primary concern to an empowered society. In 2015, they doled out $3 million towards education programs. This was 26% of their total donations in that year. Additionally, their family foundation donated $357,000 to groups that shared the vision of education. According to Dick DeVos, their priority is education. This is manifested in the amount allocated for education programs.
In an interview with MLive, Dick DeVos explained that their idea to support education systems in America rooted from their keen observation. To the couple, education systems were hardly providing the American dream type of program. They, therefore, settled for investing in its development. Their goal is to address the failures of the older version of the education system by injecting a new regime in the routine.
Dick DeVos career began at Amway, a company co-founded by his father. He later moved to Orlando Magic, an affiliate of NBA. His career extended to Windquest Group. He serves as president and is in charge of making decisions as well as monitoring and evaluating performance. His roles at Amway between 1993 and 2002 included monitoring company’s performance in over fifty countries. Under his leadership, Amway registered unbelievable profit revenue of $4.5 billion. Before assuming the company’s lead chair, DeVos was vice president. He oversaw the company’s operations in eighteen countries. With his vast entrepreneurial skills, Amway discovered market niche and tripled international corporate sales. The result exceeded domestic sales.