The media’s obsession with the Devoses spans back many years. After all, the family has donated close to $140 million to various charitable courses they happen to be passionate about. Time and time, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has come under sharp criticism and attacks from mainly the Democrats.
The Devoses have used their powerful networks and immense wealth to change the charter school policies not only in their home state, Michigan but all over the nation as well. Speaking in a recent interview on Philanthropy Round Table, Betsy confessed how she and Dick were delighted by the incredible progress their programs made in the state of Florida since 2013.
Transparency is Paramount
To brush aside the cynicism of the naysayers, Dick and the family publicly revealed all the money they had given out to the Super PAC’s and the lobbyists in the last electioneering year. This was all part of their broader agenda to become more transparent and candid about their past, present, and future.
Forbes Magazine mostly renowned for listing the wealthiest cats of them all also has a list of the top charity givers. This list is populated by the likes of the Buffet’s, Gate’s, Zuckerberg’s and the Devoses. As of February 15, 2017, Forbes claimed the 24th place of the most charitable families in the world.
The bulk of the donations doled out by the DeVoses go into funding lunch voucher programs in private schools. Dick believes that the government has failed in addressing the needs and wants of students studying in private schools in the nation. The system is biased, and it only sees the interest of the public schooling system. Dick and the wife also believe that the American public school system is obsolete and parents ought to have choices in the schooling for their kids. Their children went to best private schools, and that’s among the major motivational aspects driving them to want to make a difference in the lives of others.
About Dick DeVos
Born Richard Marvin DeVos Jr on October 21st, 1955, Dick is a reformer at heart. Since way back in the early nineties, he and the wife, Betsy DeVos were already making a positive impact on something they felt passionante about: Private education system reforms. In 2006, Dick was one of the gubernatorial aspirants in Michigan. He was, however, taken out by Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat. Dick DeVos started working at his father’s software firm in 1974. He rose up the ranks to become Amway V.P by 1984. Dick DeVos heads various leading companies like Windquest Group and the Willow Creek Association.