Dick Devos: Passion for Education Reform

Dick DeVos is a well-known businessman who is a part of the DeVos clan, recognized as one of the wealthiest families in the United States. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was taught early in life how to become successful. One of his influences in being successful was his father, Richard DeVos, who is currently the 67th richest person in the United States with a net worth of $5.1 billion. He is married to Betsy DeVos, the current United States Secretary of Education who is helping out children and youths who wanted to study by providing vouchers and other forms of assistance.

Dick DeVos has worked with different companies, with his first job being at Amway. He was assigned to a variety of departments inside the company, among them was with research, manufacturing, marketing, sales and finance. After handling out different positions from these departments, he was appointed to become the company’s vice president. During his term as the vice president, he managed to triple Amway’s sales, and he managed to grow the annual sales of the company from 5% to 50% in just a short period of time. He decided to step down after serving as the vice president for six years, and decided to join the Orlando Magic basketball organization when his family purchased the franchise in 1991. He only stayed there for a short period of time, and decided to return to the corporate world. He replaced his father as Amway’s president, and outperformed the company’s previous records. Under his leadership as the new president, Amway managed to increase its sales performance, and the company became stronger than before. He also focused on expanding the company overseas, and today, it is evident as Amway has branches in over 50 countries. Amway was restructured and rebranded into Alticor, but its performance was still over the top. Dick DeVos later joined an investment management firm called The Windquest Group, and has been monitoring his investments in different fields while working in the corporate world.

Aside from being an entrepreneur and a corporate leader, Dick DeVos is also active in doing philanthropic works. With his wife Betsy DeVos, their family managed to donate more than $139 million in different charities and organization. Their main focus is to reform the education system in the United States, so they give the majority of their donations to groups who are campaigning for this same cause. They are currently on the 24th place of Forbes’ list of the top givers in America, and it is believed that the donations coming from the DeVos clan could possibly amount to an enormous $1.33 billion. Dick DeVos stated that he loves to help people, so he will go on with his philanthropic projects and deeds, especially if it will help the people to gain access to affordable and quality education.

BETSY DEVOS: A PHILANTHROPIC EDUCATION REFORMIST

Betsy Devos has always been passionate about the American education reforms agenda and philanthropy.

This lady serves as the current United States Secretary of Education. The Calvin College graduate has also been actively involved in political activities. The graceful grandmother of five was the leader of the Michigan Republican Party for six years.

Betsy DeVos Philanthropy

Betsy DeVos continues to be involved in various charity organizations mostly through her education reforms agenda.

The benevolent woman is involved with various philanthropic organizations such as the Foundation for Excellence in Education, The Philanthropy Roundtable where she served on the board of directors, Mars Hill Bible Church and Kids Hope U.S.A.

Betsy DeVos has been sponsoring children from the Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also has a foundation that provides scholarships to children from underprivileged families. The philanthropist started the Great Lakes Education Project in Michigan when she realized that children were not being given equal opportunities in education.

She has also been part of the “The Role of Government in Education” movement which has also helped her in pushing for her education reforms agenda.

The Education Secretary heads the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. She has also served on the ArtPrize board, Foundation for Excellence in Education board, DeVos Institute of Arts Management Board at the University of Maryland and American Enterprise Insitute board. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.

Betsy DeVos Financial Giving

In 1989, Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick DeVos started the Windquest Group. This private company is interested in making sure that people who are involved in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy are provided with adequate resources to carry on with their inspiring work.

She also donates heavily towards various charitable organizations that she is involved in.

About Besty DeVos

Elisabeth Prince or Betty DeVos as she is known presently is a reformer, philanthropist, politician and businesswoman.

Betsy DeVos has been involved in active politics for more than 35 years. She started her political career as an unpaid assistant during President Gerald R. Ford tenure. She has held the Michigan Republican Party seat four times, and she was elected to this position during all these times. She has also taken part in various roles in campaigns, party organizations and political action committees.

She is the current United States Secretary of Education, and she uses her political seat to push for her education reforms agenda

Betsy DeVos attended the Holland Christian School. She is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a degree in Bachelor of Arts.

She is married to fellow philanthropist Dick DeVos. Her husband is also an entrepreneur and community activist. They have four children and five grandchildren. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.