Dick and Betsy are the co-founders of Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. Dick is the president of the organization. The organization was formed in 1989. To date, the organization has donated millions of dollars towards educational, religious and artistic organizations. Some of the organizations which have benefitted from the Dick and Betsy Foundation include; The Potter’s House, the Mars Hill Bible Church, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and the Education Freedom Foundation. The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is named after Dick’s mother, while the Potter’s House is a private school for low-income students. It is found in Michigan. The Education Freedom Fund benefited a lot from the philanthropic work of the DeVos between 2002 and 2004 when they co-chaired the organization. Apart from these organizations mentioned, there are many more competitions, universities and scholarships that have received funding from the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation.
Dick and Betsy DeVos are the founders of the first charter aviation academy. It is located in Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The initiative was intended to support the West Michigan Aviation Academy. They have contributed a lot to the school in terms of money, checks, and more importantly donating the first plane for the academy. The DeVos also go to the extra step of supporting the institution during their annual fundraising gala. The DeVos usually use their connections to bring along influential personalities in the United States. Some of the people to attend this fundraising gala are George Bush, retired president and Apollo astronauts.
Another area where Dick and Betsy DeVos have donated heavily is on Arts and Culture. In 2015 alone they contributed 21% of their total annual donations to this field. Over the years, Dick and Betsy DeVos have contributed about $139 million into charitable work. All their philanthropic work funds are being channeled through DeVos family’s foundation.
In 2016 alone, the Dick and Betsy Foundation donated 11.6 million dollars. Dick was once the president of John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts before starting his own institution known as DeVos Institute of Arts Management. This institute is located in in the University of Maryland.
Dick and Betsy have contributed to many other philanthropic courses such as; development and leadership, community development and civic education, Public Policy, and Churches. The DeVos mainly contribute to initiatives that have the capability of changing the lives of people positively.
About Dick DeVos
Dick DeVos is a father of 5. He lives in Michigan and is the Chief Executive Officer of The Windquest Group. He started his career in the 1980’s working in his father’s company known as Amway Corporation. He has a degree in Business Administration from Northwood University. He is also in charge of Orlando Magic Basketball team.
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