Dick DeVos and Betsy DeVos, his wife, rank 24th in this year’s Forbes list of the most generous Americans. They are a philanthropic couple that hails from two powerful and wealthy dynasties. The two attract a lot of praise, and criticism alike, for their charitable contributions. The conflicting opinions are as balanced as the American rivalry between Republicans and Democrats because the couple is strongly affiliated with the conservative wing.
The question as to whether the power couple makes donations only to further their political and financial, indirectly, interests, however, is relatively unnecessary and subjective. The couple’s contributions to individuals and institutions that assist the destitute without bearing any merits or demerits to them overbear their political contributions. In fact, their political contributions have never amassed to a quarter of their total contributions.
The philanthropic contributions of the couple generally favor education and art, the prior taking preference in the couple’s priority list. Dick DeVos has always argued that the current education system does not really afford equal opportunities to the kids of America and thus fails to support the American dream in the long run.
The change maker, Dick DeVos, who together with his wife has made a cumulative lifetime contribution of over 139 million dollars, had been supportive of his wife when she was nominated to be the U.S. Education Secretary. He asserts that their stand on private religious schools receiving students who get sponsored by the taxpayer does not have to be mandatory or imposed. He explained that they only meant to have the average American student afforded options from which to choose. Fortunately, unlike when they initially proposed the idea, Americans have been increasingly accepting the idea.
Dick Devos has always been a man who speaks for what he feels is right. He has always felt strongly about education, art, religion, and public policy and he have always made a positive impact on the people he has done business with, employed or served. The man, his wife, Betsy DeVos, and his family, a big, wealthy and generous dynasty, have all always been joyful givers, having given over one-quarter of their total worth over their lifetime.
Dick DeVos, son of the prominent business figure and a most generous philanthropist, Rich DeVos, had always been a keen observer of how the society functions about public policy and the distribution of resources. He has always held his beliefs dear and seldom keeps quite when things that can be rectified go astray, unattended to. He, however, does not impose his ideas on anyone. When he feels like the public does not appreciate his ideologies, he does not relent or impose, rather, he simply changes tact.
Dick Devos had been the chief executive officer of the family-owned Amway Corp. from 1993 to 2002.