Dick and Betsy DeVos have always been in the limelight due to their generosity. The couple has given away billions of dollars to charitable events ever since they ventured into philanthropy. They have given out a total of $139 million. In their giving, they have put education as their top most agenda.
In 2015, 26% of their donation was channeled into the education sector, and another 3% was given to organizations that are inclined towards making necessary changes in the education sector. During Dick’s interview with MLive and The Grand Rapid Press, he stated that he has observed that the current education system in the U.S was not fulfilling. He also indicated that children living in marginalized areas were not capable of accessing quality education. Dick also blamed the education system for failing to make education easily accessible to all children.
DeVos commended America for having highly skilled teachers. However, he feels that these teachers should be capable of disseminating knowledge to all students equally. Michigan Schools is one of the beneficiaries of his philanthropic work. In 2013, his top recipients included Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning, Potter’s House in Wyoming, and West Michigan Aviation Academy. Dick DeVos also donated funds to Rehoboth Christian School, Ferris State University, and Alma Mater Northwood University.
DeVos faces critics
Despite his selfless giving nature, DeVos has faced some criticism. Mr. Mark Brewer once accused him of using the donations as a tool to divert attention from his political contribution. He also accused DeVos of supporting schools that run for profit gains. In return, their family spokesman John Truscott defended the family by saying that all their philanthropic actions were public even before Betsy was nominated. The DeVos family has always insisted that they have always adhered to the standards required for any charitable organization. He also insisted that their donations are not politically inclined.
About Dick DeVos
Born in October 1955, Dick DeVos is a businessman from Michigan State. In 2006, Dick took on his political ambition by running for Michigan State governor’s post. In 2012 he was listed as 67th richest person the United States by Forbes magazine. Dick is married to Betsy DeVos who is currently serving in America as the secretary of education. He is a graduate of Northwood University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Dick DeVos was also awarded honorary doctorate by Central Michigan University, Northwood University, and Grove City College.