Education offers children a fairer shot at the acclaimed American Dream. This ideal is the guiding principal that Dick DeVos and his family has used over the years in donating millions of dollars in charity contribution to support the education causes as part of their multimillion dollar philanthropic contributions. Over the years, Dick DeVos has contributed over $139 million to various philanthropic activities with education the main beneficiary. It is estimated that the over $11 million donations his family made for philanthropic causes marked a 100 percent increase from the previous year. Together with his family, Dick DeVos has contributed over $1.33 billion for philanthropic causes over their combined lifetimes. The family is ranked as one of the top givers by Forbes magazine.
The funds are primarily used to finance education causes and groups championing for education reform with the hope that these activities will help in improving the quality of education in the country. While acknowledge the hard work of teachers and administrators, DeVos holds that the current education system is ineffective marked by a one-size-fits-all model especially in the public education sector. Together with his wife Betsy, DeVos has primarily concentrated their charitable efforts in schools within Michigan where school managements have put in place policies for safeguarding accountability and academic performance.
Dick DeVos: Work and Personal History
Dick DeVos, son of Rich DeVos who is a co-founder of Amway co-founder, has a stellar professional career successfully serving in various executive positions for several companies. He began his career at his Amway Corporation in 1974 where he served in several positions under various departments and divisions for a decade. These appointments in various positions and divisions gave him a wide knowledge of the market and most importantly, the company and its operations. This played a key role in determining his rise through the ranks of the company. In 1984, he joined the company’s executive management team when he was promoted to serve as the vice president. He held the position up to 1990 before being appointed as the chief executive officer and president of Orlando Magic basketball team in 1991. The team had been acquired by his family.
In 1993, Dick DeVos, a Northwood University graduate, was appointed the president of Amway Corporation. He held the position up to 2002 when he joined Windquest Group as its president. He is still serving as the company’s president, 15 years since his appointment. Dick DeVos’ career profile is marked by professional versatility, which has seen him serve successfully in various positions and divisions. He is also the founder and current chairman of West Michigan Aviation Academy. In addition, is also the current vice chairman of Willow Creek Association, a position he has held since 2007.