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Philanthropic Activities and Work History of Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos and his wife are criticized by some people for political donations. However, the couple gives a lot of money for charitable causes which have reached to one-hundred-and-forty million dollars. Dick DeVos donates most of the money through his family foundation named the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Just in 2015, they donated almost twelve million dollars in charitable contributions. In 2015, the entire DeVos family gave out more than hundred million dollars in charity donations. The family now enjoys the twenty-fourth spot on Forbes list of "America's Top Givers."

 

 

Education is the priority of Dick's philanthropic activities. A quarter of his donations were given to different educational causes which were an amount of three-million dollars. A huge amount of money was given to groups that support reforms in the educational system. Two years ago, Dick donated a lot of schools to schools in Michigan. Grand Rapids-based Compass College of Cinematic Arts received fifty thousand dollars. Big Rapids-based Ferris State University received hundred thousand dollars. Twenty-five thousand dollars were given to New Urban Learning which is a Charter School Company in Detroit. Northwood University in Midland received two-hundred thousand dollars. Wyoming-based Potter's House was given more than three-hundred thousand dollars. Three-hundred-and-fifteen thousand dollars was given to West Michigan Aviation Academy. Rehoboth Christian School in New Mexico received fifty-thousand dollars.

 

 

He donated almost two-and-a-half million dollars for this purpose in 2015. He previously donated twenty thousand million dollars for DeVos Institute of Arts Management which is a part of the University of Maryland. The other areas that Dick DeVos donates to are: civic & community, leadership and development, public policy, churches, and health & human services.

 

 

Dick DeVos was born in 1955, and he is the eldest son of Amway Corporation co-founder Richard DeVos. The company is a famous network of sales that distributes products for personal care, household, and health through dealers. In 1974, Dick started working in Amway. He was involved in the operational departments of the company and held various positions. He became the Vice President in 1984 and was responsible for company's operations in eighteen countries. In 1989, Dick decided to launch another company The Windquest Group which manufactured and marketed closet and storage organizers. In 1991, his family bought Orlando Magic Basketball franchise, and Dick was assigned to manage it. He rejoined Amway Corporation in 1993 and became its President. He started restructuring Amway Corporation in 2000. He formed an umbrella firm named Alticor Corporation which consisted of Access Business Group, Quixtar Corporation, and Amway Corporation. He left Alticor in 2002 and now focuses on the Windquest Group.