Dick and Betsy and Betsy DeVos are known for their philanthropic deeds. They have made many donations to political causes, but this is just a tip of the iceberg, compared to the contributions they make to charitable cause. Most of their charitable deeds are directed towards education.
In 2015 alone, 26% of the total donations made by the Michigan couple went to education. 3% percent of the same we to foundations supporting education. When commenting on their focus on helping education, Devos said they felt the American dream is not yet realized by all Americans, especially not by those on the lower end of the social classes.
There are still good teachers who are working hard in supporting the kids in public schools. Making such donations keep the teachers motivated as well as help the kids get the kind of education they deserve.
During her vetting on the US Education Secretary position, Betsy Devos revealed that in 2015, they made $11.6 million to charitable organizations. This is more than half of the $5.6 million they had given for campaign purposes for the last five years.
Betsy was also taken under scrutiny about her generous donations to the Republican candidates and classes.
Charitable Family Background
Both Dick and Betsy come from families that are known for their benevolence deeds. Betsy is the daughter of the late Edgar Prince whose family is well known for their political and charitable donations. Dick’s family, on the other hand, is known for its charitable contributions. His father Amway is the co-founder of Rich DeVos. The Devos family has made a total of $1.33 billion to charity over their lifetime.
Support for Art and Culture
Their number two support is the art and culture. In 2015 21 percent of their donations, which amounted to $2.4million, went to this category. To show support for Michael Kaiser’s efforts to strengthen art business, they made a contribution of $22 million. This money was used in founding the DeVos Institute of Art at Maryland University.
Their passion for supporting art is driven by believing that high-quality art management can help in laying the foundation of the country’s diverse art at a global level.
Other donations go to civic and community, Health and Human Services, Public Policy, Leadership and development, and church. The Devoses give their contributions without expecting anything in return. They do not make a follow-up of how the money is used as long as it is for a good cause.
About Dick Devos
Dick started his career at Amway where he held various positions until he was promoted to be the company’s vice president. During his leadership, Amway was able to expand its market to new places. He became part owner of NBA’s Orlando Magic in 2005.
In 2006, he ran for the Michigan’s gubernatorial position whereby he spent $36 million on the campaign. He is currently the President of Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation.