Dick and Betsy DeVos has contributed significantly to Republicans and school choice causes. Many of these donations attracted much attention and criticism, but the amount of donations for these causes don’t compared to their different donations amounting to approximately $139 million over their whole lifetimes.
In 2015, this couple gave $11.6 million to various charitable causes, according to their foundation website. Rich DeVos, Dick DeVos’ father, along with his four adult children donated $104 million in 2015 which landed them in the 24th place on Forbes ”
America’s Top Givers”. Dick and Betsy DeVos’s foundation donated more than $3 million to educational causes in 2015. Other than that, their foundation donated $357,000 to groups supporting education reform. After education, this couple’s main donations go towards Arts & Culture. They donated more than $2.4 million for Arts & Culture charitable giving. They believe that high quality arts management is detrimental for the globally diverse arts community’s future. Other than that, the rest of the donations are distributed accordingly: 13% or $1.5 million to leadership and development, 12% or $1.3 million to public policy, 5% or $618,000 to health and human services, and 4% or $488,250 to churches.
Dick DeVos’ Work History
Dick DeVos’ work history is just as amazing as his giving back. He worked in various executive positions for Amway, The Windquest Group, and the NBA’s Orlando Magic. He is currently the president for The Windquest Group. From 1993 to 2002, he was the president of Amway, in which this company amounted in sales of $4.5 billion in his final fiscal year. Before that role, he was the vice president of that company. And in 1991, he was the CEO and president for Orlando Magic upon his family’s acquisition of this company. He held these roles for Orlando Magic for three years. In addition to these business ventures, he became a leader for a plethora of community initiatives, such as the launching of the Education Freedom fund which gave over 4,000 scholarships to Michigan’s children, serving on the State Board of Education, and serving as the co-chairman/ chairman for the regional health care improvements, just to name a few.