According to an article published on Michigan Live, the DeVos family has finally allowed organizations to discuss the gifts that they have received from the company that founded Amway. The efforts of this family that has strived to live by Judeo-Christian values should be greatly praised because they have given over $1.2 billion away. While the family has concentrated most of their giving on the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area many people around the world have benefited from the family’s generous giving. The family has given almost $600 million to education with Dick DeVos serving on the state’s board of education. The family has also given approximately $300 million to increase health and community services. Additionally, the family has given millions to local churches and in support of art and culture movements. Instrumental in the giving has been the family’s value system that is something that everyone can implement in their own lives regardless of their level of wealth. Learn more by reading this article: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2016/01/where_rich_devos_and_his_famil.html#3
One value that Dick DeVos holds very highly is a sense of brotherhood. He adores working with others to help projects come to fruition. If you study the history of Grand Rapids, you soon discover that the work of Grand Action that was the driving force behind the building of the downtown Grand Rapids area succeeded because of Dick’s ability to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to work together to benefit all. The result was the construction of the $220 million DeVos Place and the $30 million Downtown Market. Despite lower cost alternatives, Dick fought to have these facilities located in their present location so that other businesses could benefit from the increased traffic. Dick gives his father credit for creating this spirit of philanthropy that runs through the core of his entire family.
Dick also believes that charity must begin at home. One of the projects that Dick has been instrumental in is the construction of a school to train high school students in aviation. This not only allows those students to become trained in a high paying productive career, but along the way, the students are encouraged to become involved in other charitable activities. Learning this value early in life allows them to practice it throughout their lives.
This leader’s extraordinary leadership skills have spread throughout the world. His book, Rediscovering American Values: The Foundations of Our Freedom for the 21st Century, explains clearly that to those that great things are given, greater things are demanded. While many are content to rest when they have been given a large amount of money, that is not the case with Dick DeVos who has spent his life driving others to new heights. Learn more about Dick by connecting with him on LinkedIn or to look up news on his career, click here.