It’s no secret that Betsy DeVos and Dick are gaining a lot of attention for their enormous contributions to politics. However, those contributions are pocket change when you compare them to the amount they donate to charitable acts. They have given nearly $139 million in their lifetime.
The DeVoes couple has been in the limelight for their generosity. In the year 2015, the couple records that they gave out a whopping $11.6 million as charitable contributions. The amount is twice higher the number she gave out as campaign donation of $5.3million. Betsy and Dick have invested so much in education. In 2015, a total of $3 million was allocated to educational causes. The amount accounted for 26 percent of the total donations that year. Apart from the gift, another $357000 was given to groups supporting educational reforms. The spending shows the emphasis that the DeVoes couple has placed on education.
But why such a massive investment in education? The DeVoes believe that the current system of education does not help in the realization of the American dream. Put simply; the system is continually increasing a civil rights problem. They argue that the only way to realize this is to ensure that education is affordable and available to all American kids. Only by doing so will the children be able to recognize and experience the American dream. The solution to this is developing a system of education that fits all despite their social and economic standing.
One of the notable investments in education is the Aviation-themed Charter school that they launched in Gerald R. Ford International airport. Most of the students admitted in this school are from economically disadvantaged families. The program draws students from three neighboring counties where some trek for almost one hour to school. The school boasts of an 86 percent graduation rate of its students. The program saw the DeVos take pride in the first 15 pilot graduates. These pilots represent hope, comfort, and satisfaction to their parents and their families.
The DeVoes are high-ranking individuals of a family dynasty that has been a key player in Republican politics for a long time, led by Dick’s father. The elder DeVos together with his four children allotted over $104 to charitable organizations.
Dick DeVos has held various leadership positions in his lifetime. He is the current President of the Windquest group, a position he has held since 2002. Before his appointment to this post, Dick was the president and the chief executive officer of the Amway Global, from 1993 to 2002. He has also been at for NBA’s Orlando Magic 1991 to 1993. In all his engagements, he considers his father as his role model, a person he would live to emulate.