Giving Comes Naturally To the Dick DeVos Family

Dick DeVos‘s wealthy family has long been very generous in their philanthropy, especially to several conservative charities. For instance, they have donated major grants to Christian faith-based organizations, such as the Potter’s House in Michigan. This is important support for both the elementary school and the high school located there. The DeVos family has also given extensively to provide needy children with scholarships for their favorite private school through the Education Freedom Fund.

Beyond these examples, the DeVos have also funded eclectic private educational institutions, such as the West Michigan Aviation Academy. This aviation-centered school in Grand Rapid, Michigan, if actually a public charter school and is tuition-free. Dick DeVos founded the school with some urging from Betsy, his wife. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is where it is located.

Dick DeVos continues his family’s long tradition of giving back to their community. Their wealth has been shared through major philanthropy for decades. Richard DeVos Sr, Dick’s father, started Amway Corporation. The whole family has been devoted to the business and building fabulous wealth, which they use to accomplish good works, as well as living full and enriched lives. Richard Sr. is thought himself to be worth about $5 billion. Dick and his wife Betsy have started two of their own charities: the most well-known one is the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which they founded together in 1989.

Their mission is to serve as faithful stewards, launching effective initiatives that they aim to use in building a stronger community. Some of the resulting projects they have taken on include help with school choice rights, improved health for all community members, support for the arts, and work to revitalize troubled neighborhoods. They have shown their love for their home state of Michigan and have definitely ‘paid it forward.’

It was Dick DeVos who took over in 1993 as Amway’s CEO, taking over from his father, where he worked to lead the company until 2002. In 2006 Dick ran for Michigan Governor. He is estimated to be worth about $5.1 billion, making him the 67th richest person in the U.S. He graduated from Forest Hills High School and went on to Northwood University, where he earned a degree in Business Administration. He also was part of Wharton School’s Executive Study Programs and in addition, went to Harvard Business School. Find out more about Dick Devos in this Wikipedia article.