Dick and Betsy DeVos have sent a shocker to the world by spending $139 million in their lifetime as donations. Over the years, they have supported different courses including political parties, education system, and reformist groups. The couple runs a foundation by the name Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Just in 2014, they donated $5.3 million but in 2015 they doubled the expenditure to $11.6 million. Their focus is to fund charitable ideas and they have been supporting the Republican politics over the years. The love for donation started with Dick’s dad, Rich DeVos He was the co-founder of Amway. The DeVos family charitable contributions amount to $104 according to a report released in 2015. In the process, they have earned the 24th position according to Forbes list of America’s Top Givers.
The amount the extended family of the DeVos has in their lifetime given even much more. It is estimated the family has donated over $1.33 billion. A large portion of the charity donation has been channeled to improve the state of the education system. This is because according to a report released in 2015, Dick and Betsy donated over $3 million to support different charitable courses in the education sector. The donation amounts to 26% of their yearly expenditure on political and charitable donations. One of the areas they would like to transform in the education sector includes allowing parents to take their children to the schools they prefer. They believe the use of ZIP codes is not the right way to attain the American dream in the education sector.
Dick DeVos Work History
His father co-founded a corporation called Amway Corporation where DeVos began working in the year 1974. 10 years later, he was appointed to serve as the head of operations with the title of vice president. The work was to oversee how the company was running different operations in the 18 countries where it was passionately serving clients. However, in 1989, four years after his promotion, he left and started Windquest Group. The company identified a niche of manufacturing and selling storage and closet organizers to clients globally.
Two years later, in the year 1991, his father gave him yet another appointment. This time round, he was to serve as the manager of basketball National Basket Association franchise by the name Orlando Magic. Two years down the line, Dick came back to Amway Corporation after he was appointed as the president. He succeeded his father and in the year 2000, he was already carrying out massive change in the corporation to enhance its service delivery.