Richard (Dick) DeVos is a businessman and philanthropist. He is the owner of a few companies and co-founder of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Richard DeVos and his wife Betsy DeVos are both prominent philanthropists that have been supporting a wide number of causes for many years.
In 2015 Dick and Betsy DeVos made donations that amount to more than $11 million. The report of the contributions can be found on the website of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Individually, Dick and Betsy have also been able to make large donations as both of them come from families that have been actively participating in charities and fundraising events. In 2015, Dick DeVos and his siblings donated more than a hundred million to different charities. That placed the DeVos family in the list called “America’s top givers” compiled by Forbes magazine. The DeVos family took place 24.
For Richard and Betsy DeVos, the largest donations have been made towards education. In 2015, the amount of money that the couple donated was more than $3 million. It made up 26 percent of their donations to charities for that year. Through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, they donated more than $350 thousand ( or 3 percent) to groups that are dedicated to education reforms.
The couple has donated to a large number of academic institutions both individually and through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Some of the institutions that have benefitted from their generosity are Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning, Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Northwood University in Midland, Potter’s House in Wyoming. Rehoboth Christian School, as well as West Michigan Aviation Academy.
The couple is dedicated to supporting Christian schools such as the one that the young Elizabeth (Betsy) Prince attended during her school years in her hometown of Holland, Michigan. They have also been supporting a number of education groups and religious education groups.
Richard DeVos is a prominent entrepreneur. He is the founder and owner of a few companies, One of them is the Windquest Group which is dedicated to storage units. His previous professional experience involves working at the family company called Amway Corporation which he co-founded. Amway Corporation was created in 1974, and it works in distribution. Richard DeVos has occupied a few positions at the Amway Corporation. He stepped away from the company for a few years in order to focus on Windquest Group. In the end, he came back to Amway because he had to assume the post of Vice President. The Wind Quest Group is currently chaired by his wife Betsy DeVos who is also chairman of their foundation.