Giving back to others should be in the center of any community. Nobody knows it better than Dick DeVos and his wife, Betsy. Their philanthropy has reached 139 million dollars donated to charity over their lives.
In 2015 DeVos family donated more than 11 million dollars to charity. They have set up a foundation that helps others. There are political donations, but the couple isn’t focusing on that. It is important for the Dick DeVos family to give back.
Education is a Must
They understand that education is one of the most important aspects for the future of next generations, so their charity work is extensive. For education purposes, the foundation has donated more than 3 million dollars.
There is an understanding that one size fits all doesn’t work. People learn differently and need individual approach. There are plenty of talented teachers who might not fit into the traditional teaching model. DeVos family and the Foundation want to help recognize their extraordinary work with the youth.
Dick DeVos was born in Michigan. He has three siblings who also have foundations set up to give back to the society and communities. He graduated from a public school in Forest Hills. Later he graduated from Northwood University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He started his master’s at Harvard Business School, but his career went down a different path.
When Dick DeVos was younger, he was involved in his family’s business helping out where it was necessary. After graduation, he began his career with Amway Corporation in the seventies. He applied his knowledge and understanding to grow the company and left the business booming.
He later worked for Orlando Magic before re-joining Amway as the President of the enterprise. He took over from his father Rich and was able to grow the company to operations overseas. It started out with 5% in foreign sales, but under Dick DeVos, Amway reached new possibilities. They trade in fifty countries and territories over six continents.
As Long as the Heart Beats
Although his family is wealthy, Dick DeVos understands what it means to earn everything himself. It is a particular work ethic his father instilled in him by example. Dick DeVos is one of the most capable business men on the international stage, and his philanthropy is a way he encourages future generations to be brave. He leads by example in proving that hard work pays off sooner than you might think.
The recognition and social standing do not derive from the people you know or the restaurants you enjoy visiting. It comes from giving back and is an unspoken rule between the wealthy Michigan societies.
The DeVos foundation is not planning on stopping anytime soon. Their plan is to continue their work in education and charity as long as it is possible.