THE DEVOS’ BUILDING A DYNASTY OF PHILANTHROPY
GRAND RAPIDS, MI-Dick, and Betsy DeVos have contributed over $139 million to charity work over their lifetime. But Dick DeVos is no stranger to this big donations as he has grown in a family of philanthropist, over the years his family alone has contributed over $1.33 billion. All in all Betsy’s family are also people that give, Betsy is a daughter of the late Edgar Prince an industrialist and the family has contributed to a number of charity organizations and political parties. Talk of a match made in heaven. The DeVos believe in civil rights, and they feel that the current education system is not fulfilling the American Dream. This explains their huge contributions towards the education sector, in 2015 26% representing $3 million of their total contributions went to education causes. Further, the amazing couple through their foundation gave $ 357,000 to groups supporting education reforms.
Among the schools that have benefited from the funding are: Michigan school in 2015, in 2013 Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids ($ 50,000), Ferris State University in Big Rapids ($ 100,000), West Michigan Aviation Academy ($ 315,000) and Rehoboth Christian School ($50,000).On the grounds of the Gerald Ford International Airport, the couple launched the first aviation-themed charter school five years ago. The couple not only give sizable donations to the school for instance the $315,000 donated in 2013 buying the school’s first airplane, they hold galas annually to raise funds for the school and attract A-list guest like President George W. Bush and Apollo astronauts. The school focuses on STEM, robotics and aeronautical and is able to host kids from seven different counties among which 40% are economically disadvantaged. Apart from education, the couple contributes towards art, in 2015 they gave over $ 2.4 million that is 21% of the charitable giving that year. To ensure high-quality management of high-quality Arts they donated $ 22 million to launch the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland.
Other areas that the Dick DeVos’ support includes: Civic, community, and others ($ 1.8 million), leadership and development ($ 1.5 million), Health and Human services ($ 618,000), churches ($ 488,250) and public policy ($ 1.3 million.) The couple believes in philanthropic investment returns and term such investments as remarkable. This explains their sizeable donation to the Spectrum Health Foundation that aimed at recruiting top physician and a researcher in cancer in children and neuroblastoma. Dick and Betsy are upholding the family legacy and are including their children in their charity works and in a way getting fresh ideas.
Dick DeVos is the 11th US Secretary of Education and a businessman from Michigan. He was born on October 21, 1955, and studied at the University of Northwood. He is a Republican whose focus is on supporting the education system.