Dick and Betsy DeVos family is one of the prominent families in the United States. It is a family with a rich history since the era of Richard DeVos, one of the wealthiest people in the history of the United States and the father of Dick DeVos. Betsy DeVos is the wife of Dick and is the current secretary of state in charge of education under the leadership of Donald Trump. Dick and Betsy also have another title to Americans, they are some of the greatest philanthropists of our time. The family has spent millions of dollars in charitable initiatives all over the United States but more in their home state of Michigan.
Since they started engaging in philanthropic works they have donated about $139 million. Dick DeVos has also been involved in political activities of the Republican Party and his family has been a great financier of the party. The trend of donations was set out by his father who has also spent over $100 million in supporting charity activities. In 2015, Dick and his father Richard were named in the Forbes list of Top Givers. In total, the family claims to have donated up to $1.3 billion in charitable initiatives.
A lion share of Dick and Betsy DeVos donations has gone into educational initiatives. The family is known to be very persistent in pushing for the right of every child in the United States to have access to good education. Their attention has been in helping children from humble families access same quality of education as those from wealthy families. It is a common thing for children from wealthy Americans to be taken into private institutions where the quality of education is obviously higher compared to that of public institutions.
Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation
Dick and Betsy DeVos have a foundation that they started to support their various charitable initiatives. According to Dick DeVos, they established the foundation so that they could mentor young leaders and accelerate the transformation of communities in the United States. The foundation has its roots in West Michigan where they are involved in numerous initiatives meant to transform and uplift the lives of the people. In West Michigan, the foundation is supporting various community programs in the education, healthcare and arts sectors. Established in 1989, the foundation has been the vehicle through which the family has been rolling out its philanthropic work. The Dick &Betsy Foundation has for a long time now been funding Grand Rapids Christian Schools and Potter’s House.
Dick DeVos has been a great entrepreneur in the history of the United States. He has held executive positions in various companies. He is the current president of the Windquest Group. This is a company that he personally cofounded.
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