The Philanthropic Activities of Dick & Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos who is a reformer started engaging in politics back when she was still in college. She joined campus politics and since then, she has remained politically active. DeVos has led a number of political action committees and party organizations for more than thirty years. Betsy DeVos is the chairman of Windquest group which is a privately owned multi-company group which invests in technology and clean energy. Betsy DeVos pursues reforms in various non profit roles.


Betsy DeVos is a champion when it comes to the education of children. In an interview with Philanthropy, she reports that she is very optimistic with the growth of the education sector. She mentions that there is an estimate of two hundred and fifty thousand students in the district of Colombia. She is happy that the movement is continuing to grow and reports that they did a polling in five states and found that educational choice was popular especially with the Latinos. Public knowledge that the traditional public schools do not succeed has made people more open to the reforms which were initially considered radical.


Dick DeVos is an American author and well known business man who is based in Michigan. He went to the Forest Hill public school system. Later on, he studied Business Administration at Northwood University. He has also received honorary doctorates from Northwood University, Grove City College, and Michigan. At one point, he ran for the position of Governor of Michigan but he was not successful.


Dick DeVos is the president of The Windquest Group and he served as the president of Amway from 1993 to 2002. He has been married to his wife Betsy DeVos for more than thirty eight years and their family is made up of seven children and seven grandchildren.


Before becoming the president, Dick served as the vice president of Amway International. Under his leadership, the company performed well recording sales of up to $4.5 billion. Dick DeVos was appointed to work at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council in 2017.


Apart from business, DeVos also actively participates in the community. He founded the Education Freedom Fund which has issued more than four thousand scholarships to children who are underprivileged in Michigan. He has also served as the chair of healthcare improvement activities which includes the heart hospital of $130 million dollars and the $30 million downtown market. He is a board member of Project Clarity and the Willow creek association. Dick and Betsy launched the D&B foundation in 1989 to give back to the society.


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