Dick and Betsy Devos are making an amazing revelation about their philanthropic activities. They have actually donated over one hundred and thirty nine million dollars to charity. They are known to have made many political donations. However, what nobody is talking about is their donations to charity, which is far more than their political donations.
In the year 2015, Betsy and Dick Devos donated more than eleven and a half million dollars to charity. This is more than double than the political donations that she made in the previous half decade! That only amounted to less than six million dollars.
Dick Devos is the son of Rich Devos. Rich Devos is the founder of Amway. Rich, Dick and Dick’s three siblings have altogether donated more than one hundred and four million dollars to charity in 2015. The family was therefore put on the list of Top Givers by Forbes magazine. Altogether, according to an estimation by Forbes magazine, the Devos family donated more than one billion and three hundred and thirty three million dollars over their lifetime. This is around a fourth of their entire net worth. Betsy Devos also comes from a family that is known to be very philanthropic.
So what are Betsy and Dick Devos donating to? A large bulk of their charitable donations are going to educational means. In 2015, over three million dollars were donated by Betsy and Dick to educational institutions. This is more than a quarter of all of their charitable donations in that year. Another few hundred thousand dollars went to education indirectly, by being donated to help promote education reform.
Why are they so concerned about education? The truth is that Betsy and Dick believe that the educational system in the United States today has serious problems. Children and parents are not being given the opportunity to get an education in the way and in the school that they like.
Dick and Betsy also care deeply about their local town and work hard to make sure that it is successful. For example, in 1991, there was a plan to build a sports center in Grand Rapids. Dick was still working at Amway, and he worked to get this plan canceled. He felt that the sports center would affect Grand Rapids in a bad way. He pointed to a similar situation that happened in Detroit. There, the Pontiac Silverdome was bad for the city when the Lions and Pistons left.
As you probably know, Betsy Devos is now the Secretary of Education for the United States. After reading this article, it is not hard at all to figure out why she was nominated by President Donald Trump. It’s because she cares so much about education and donated so much so that kids can have a great education.