Quality education is an important tool for positively changing the future of America. It equips the future generations with the right tools to have a go at the famed American Dream. At the core of giving future generations a good and fairer shot at a better life in the future is charitable organizations and donations by philanthropic individuals such as Richard “Dick” DeVos. Together with his family, Dick DeVos has donated millions of dollars towards better quality of life causes with education receiving significant focus. DeVos and his family have contributed up to $139 million to support various charitable activities making the family one of the top contributors to charitable causes. This is part of the combined $1.33 billion that his family has contributed to charitable activities over the years. Last year, the family contributed up to $11 million. This was double the amount the family contributed to support philanthropic activities the previous year.
Dick DeVos and his family are committed to bringing reforms in the education sector in the United States. This has seen a significant portion of their charitable donations directed towards supporting organizations that are committed to this cause. The family’s commitment to provision of quality education has also seen it channel most of these funds towards financing the education of various needy students. He has partnered with his wife, Betsy DeVos, to overhaul the current public education system, which they believe is not effective due to its uniform approach. Their work has primarily been concentrated in Michigan where they have led efforts aimed at ensuring that children receive the best education marked by improved performance. It is a pro-choice ideology, which seeks to replace the current one-size-fits-all model with various options including charter schools.
Career and Personal History
Dick DeVos has dedicated his life and career to championing for causes that he believes will have greater positive impact to the society. He has extensive career as a company extensive working not only for his family-owned businesses but also in other organizations. In 1984, he joined Amway International, which was cofounded by his father, Rich DeVos. He served as the vice president of the organization for six years between 1984 and 1990. He was later appointed to serve as the company’s chief executive officer for nine years between 1993 and 2002.
For decades, Dick DeVos and his family has devoted their efforts towards changing not only the Michigan state laws but the country by extension. He has focused on key aspects of societal development including funding the building of hospitals and changing of state education and labor laws. He championed for the right-to-work policy, which has radically changed the labor industry in Michigan. The former Orlando Magic chief executive and Northwood University graduate has also vied for Michigan governorship twice while also donating significantly for the Republican Party’s candidates.