Dick DeVos, comes from a long line of Amway executives and is a product of his Michigan values.
One of the biggest values that he continues to follow is that social clout comes not from how much money you have, but what you do with it, specifically how much you give away. As such, he and his family have founded several different family foundations designed to help organize and control the way they give away their money.
The DeVos family recently revealed to MLive that combined they had given over 1.2 billion in lifetime giving, and 94 million in 2014. They were listed as #20 on Forbes list of 50 top givers of 2014, when the list was released last year. Although the DeVos family is very generous, they also are careful about who they give to.
The DeVos family gave to a number of conservative politicians, including think tanks, that were not included in the numbers that Forbes reported. They also gave a large portion of their money to eduation, in particular local public schools. Although none of the DeVos family member attend or attended public schools, they firmly believe that a good education for everyone is a benefit to society at large. Dick has given a significant amount to his self-founded aviation high school, West Michigan Aviation Academy. DeVos is an experienced helicopter pilot himself, so his passion for aviation and education make a happy experience for those that attend his school.
The five foundations that the DeVos family created and supports are focused on the greater Michigan area where the DeVos family lives. Each of these five foundations helps to decide how the money is divided. The other causes that the DeVos family supports include health and community services and the arts.
The DeVos family also participates in civic and community affairs by serving on various non-profit boards. Members of the family serve on the board of the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, and the Kennedy Center board, among others.
Dick DeVos is a prominent member of the DeVos family and holds dear the same values as the rest of the family. He works hard as an Amyway executive and uses his expertise to make sure that Amway is run smoothly and fairly so that both customers and employees can be satisfied with the thriving caring business. Before becoming an executive at Amway he was the owner and manager of the Orlando Magic. Learn more about DeVos’ career by visiting the following link: http://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/history-and-heritage/dutch_americans/richard-dick-devos-jr/
Like the rest of his family, Dick DeVos believes that his biggest contribution to society and his life’s work is his philanthropical work. He is the biggest supporter of the charter West Michigan Avation Academy and supports the Grand Rapids, Michigan Arts Prize.