Dick Devos

Dick Devos is a very notable individual for his passion for reforms concerning state laws in Grand Rapids. He is a husband to Betsy Devos who is the US Educational Secretary. Dick is the oldest son of the prominent Amway.

From 1993 to 2002, he was the chief executive officer of Amway. He, alongside his wife, has a lot of influence in society that they use to push for positive reforms. Along the changes, dick has also had a significant role in philanthropic activities.

One of the significant contributions of dick was, lobbying against the construction of the multi-purpose sport and convection arena in Grand Rapids. When he heard about the proposed plans for the north of downtown, he immediately laid down his tools and made several calls. His main reason why he refused to support the idea was the failure of similar previous plans. The projects that failed include the palace of Auburn Hills and Pontiac silver dome in Detroit.

His effort to block the construction of the multi-purpose sports and convection arena continued for a long time. In the process, there was the formation of the Grand Action. The grand action comprised of a group of highly influential people in the development of Grand Rapids. The members spearheaded the construction of stunning buildings including the Devos Place Convention Centre, Devos Performance Hall, Van Andel Arena, And the Michigan State University’s Medical School.

A few reforms that dick spearheaded in changing policies and institutions include the labor law in 2012. He actively participated in converting Michigan organized labor to giving people the right to work. Moreover, there was the abolition of the restriction on a qualification for employment, which required that one should belong to a union.

He also put efforts in educations reform to allow for tax-funded vouchers that in helping the students attend private school. The people rejected the proposition in 2002. The incident leads to the failure of dicks campaign for governor, six years later. He lost the seat to incumbent Jennifer Granholm. Dick persisted in his efforts until recently when the district of Colombia and 24 other states adopted the education policy.

In philanthropy, dick made a total of $ 138.7 million between 1989 and 2015 to support several projects. Some of the projects include health, art, culture, churches, educational policies, and leadership programs among others. He also donated $ 12.5 million in 2006 toward the construction of a children’s hospital named after his mother, Helen Devos.

 

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Dick DeVos; Giving Poor Families’ Children Hope

Betsy DeVos Career in politics dates back to her time at Calvin College where she was a student leader and has been involved in politics ever since. Currently, Betsy is the Cabinet Secretary for Education in the US. During an interview with Philanthropy, Mrs. DeVos shared her role in educational reforms particularly her passion for championing school choice. Betsy expressed that she discovered that many parents at Potter’s House Christian School struggled to pay tuition fees for their kids and it is because of this that she and her husband Dick DeVos started paying school fees for individual students.

 

The number gradually increased, and it became an entire community of students. While Betsy and Dick enjoyed the privilege of choosing a school for their kids, most low-income families did not have such privilege and as such began advocating for school choice where parents could access schools outside their Zip codes. According to Mrs. DeVos, I Discovered that her most celebrated success includes the Florida Tax-credit scholarship fund that currently serves over 50,000 scholars and lets them attend the school of their choice.

 

Moreover, presently over 250,000 kids are learning in 33 publicly funded, private-choice programs in 17 states as well as District of Columbia. The number is expected to continue growing over the years. Among other educational reforms that Betsy believes modern parents should embrace include the homeschooling option, digital learning and charter schools.

 

About Dick DeVos

 

Dick DeVos is a successful business person and a politician and has held multiple executive positions including working as the CEO of Amway from 1993 to 2002. Looking at his tenure at Amway, I learned that Mr. DeVos managed to expand the firm’s operations in more than 50 nations raising the company’s internal sales to approximately $4.5 billion. Other posts held by Dick DeVos include being the President of Windquest Group and the President and CEO or Orlando Magic.

 

Besides, Mr. Dick DeVos is a renowned philanthropy and has donated millions of dollars to support various charities including education, religion, health and arts & culture. Dick is the founder of the Education Freedom Fund that offers scholarships to children from low-income families. In 2010, her Husband Dick started the first aviation Charter School as supposed to a private school. The school was known as the West Michigan Aviation Academy and was free to the public allowing more scholars to attend. Additionally, Mr. DeVos is a member of various charitable firms like Grand Rapid Economic Club, Willow Creek Association, and Spectrum Health among many others.

The DeVos family name has a long history of philanthropy, and I believe that Besty and Dick have lived up to their family name.

 

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End Citizens United, Making America Great!!

End Citizens United was established on March 1, 2015. This is a Politician Action Committee and is funded by the grassroots donors. End Citizens United hopes to reform the campaigning system of America and counter the disastrous effects. This committee shows the elected officials, voters, and the candidates and proves that they are fighting with all their force to expose the billionaires who are trying to buy the elections. End Citizens United campaign is pressurizing the lawmakers to take action against the people who buy out the election.

 

End Citizens United has a task on their hands, and that is to fight with the Big Money and the rigged political system by nominating campaign finance champions and state measures. The champions nominated work towards the unlimited money in politics and also the black money involved in the political system of the country. End Citizen United continue to impress everyone by demonstrating political power on the black money issue in the country’s politics.

 

In just two years, End Citizens United has torn down nearly a century’s worth of law and the amount of black money and corruption in the political system of America. End Citizens United has been named as the most naive decision ever made by the court. End Citizens United has always been in favor of the Democrats. This committee has helped the Democrats financially to keep fighting against the corrupt political system and the black money involved in it.

 

The reason End Citizens United support the Democrats is that they believe that the Democrats can bring a change in the country because they are always fighting against the bad decisions or even the corrupt politicians to make America great. End Citizens United think of Democrats as the true leaders of the country.

 

End Citizens United is raising a lot of money on its own. The committee has collected more than $4 million during the first three months of its existence, and it hopes to raise $35 million before the midterm elections for Congress in 2018. Another committee known as PAC started their campaign and raised more than $25 million before the Presidential Election back in 2016 which is really impressive, but End Citizens United hopes to raise more than any other committee and become the most successful and appreciated cause fighting committee.

 

End Citizens United Offers Summer Internship for those candidates who have strong communication skills. The candidates who pass the test to join the internship are asked to dedicate the services to get the big money and the black money invested in the political system to make America better than ever. The interns are offered full-time job and an office to work in. The office work includes the donor research and monitoring the upcoming events related to the campaign reform and administrative support.