One of the corner stones of modern society is the ability to give back. Charity is a word that sometimes has a negative connotation, but it is designed to make someone’s life better. Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy live by these principles. Their family is not only known for their political activism, but also for their generous nature. They believe that they can make the world a better place, and are determined to do so.
Everything Starts from Something
Dick DeVos comes from a wealthy family. However, his father taught him that nothing comes from nothing. Dick and his siblings have created foundations that allow them to help others by donating money. Over their lifetime, Dick and Betsy have contributed nearly 139 million dollars to those less fortunate.
One of the areas both are passionate about is education. They believe that a good education should not be a privilege. It can help young people achieve their dreams and become next politicians and CEOs or next Nobel Prize winners. This idea is why the DeVos Foundation contributes to education causes. Coming from a privileged family showed him that there are different people with different ways of life. This understanding also created Dick DeVos, the man he is today.
Their donations have reached 3 million dollars which are 26% of all their donations for charity. They want to help people live the American dream and help children receive a good education. It is not about where you live but what you can achieve. They want to help address problems in the modern day education to reach more people.
Simple Man who can Lead
Dick DeVos was born in Grand Rapids and still lives in Michigan. He received primary and secondary education in Forest Hills, so Dick knows a thing or two about the public school system. It also shaped his interest in the business. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University, DeVos started work in Amway in 1974. Before that, he recalls helping out in the family business when it was necessary. It showed him that every little bit helps and every job you do well is appreciated.
He showed excellent leadership skills and dedication to his job, later moving on to Orlando Magic. In the early 90s, DeVos re-joined Amway now filling the position of the President after his father Richard DeVos retired.
Under DeVos’ leadership, the company branched out and currently has trading spots in more than 50 countries and territories covering six continents.
The family recently offered a short recap of their philanthropy statistics, and it is an astounding amount of money. It will leave a DeVos family legacy for future generations. Dick DeVos’ leadership and his dedication are a clear sign that nothing is impossible. Young people can follow in his footsteps and learn from him.