Dick and Betsy DeVos are among the richest philanthropists in the U.S. The family’s combined fortune is worth several billions. Dick DeVos learned at a young age about the value of helping others. His father, Richard DeVos Sr., is the co-founder of Amway Products. He taught Dick the value of hard work and paying it forward.
The DeVoses, also Republican heavyweights and staunch supporters of charter schools, have a foundation devoted to charitable causes. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has given away billions of dollars to help a number of conservative initiatives in the state of Michigan and beyond. While there was some scrutiny surrounding the couple’s vast fortune, recently appointed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, had no issues with revealing what her foundation does.
In 2015, the couple donated nearly $12 million for educational causes alone. Dick DeVos says not only Michigan but the entire U.S. is in the midst of an educational crisis that affects children from all backgrounds. DeVos is very concerned about children from impoverished backgrounds and their access to a good and fair education.
While the lion’s share of the family contributions go towards education, the family also contributes to the arts and gentrification causes in Michigan. Betsy DeVos says she has no problem with opening the books regarding her foundation’s appropriation of funds. “The parents and kids in this city know that we have their best interests at heart,” said DeVos. The couple insist they take pride in writing checks for individuals needing a hand up.
Both DeVos and Prince come from wealthy backgrounds. But they haven’t let their lifestyle of privilege blind them from helping others. The DeVoses say they will continue to foster leadership development and doing the right thing for children in Michigan. DeVos has a charter school named after him that helps children with dreams of becoming a pilot.