The Charity Genes of DeVos

Posted in Business on Mar 17, 2016

Dick DeVos seems to have set standards of philanthropy for his family and for the world too, for that matter. The name of DeVos is immediately associated with tons of money, especially within Michigan. An important portion of the charity goes to schools. A trend seems to be obvious here: Richard has a proclivity towards institutions that have a religious element in them. This, however, seems to be true only as far as schools go, for the DeVos’ accounts have also funded an unbelievable US $50 million for one of the hospitals in the area of Grand Rapids. 

Glad to see the Grand Rapids area make another “best of” list! Thank you all for your role in making our city great.

Posted by Dick DeVos on Friday, March 11, 2016

Dick DeVos shows that philanthropy in his heritage, although he has taken his father’s desire to serve the masses a leap further. Dick contested for the seat of governor in Michigan, and although he did not win, he has kept himself in the limelight by making generous funds to Bush when he was campaigning for the President of United States of America. Read about Dick DeVos’ political aspirations here.

Dick DeVos, together with Betsy (wife), is widely popular for a charity that is operated from their own home and that goes by their own names. They have also opened a school for the students aspiring to do aviation courses, keeping their institutions one of a kind by declining the fees for tuition. Dick himself is a pilot and is enthusiastic about spreading the joy of flight.

This step only shows the ambition of the couple to make their institution as accessible as possible to everyone out there, regardless of how much money they have. Betsy has her separate charity feats as well. In short, the entire DeVos family has a collective, and yet an individual, contribution to philanthropy, making the clan, in my opinion, one of the most valuable families in the world, both in terms of their bank accounts and in terms of their services to the public. 

Dick DeVos had an excellent educational and career record himself. Northwood awarded him Bachelors in Business with flying colours. Later, he went off to Harvard as well, but did not manage to obtain a degree from that institution. This, however, did not mar his attempts to gain a seat at Amway in the year 1974, marking the beginning of his professional life. He also served Orlando Magic by owning the CEO position of their basketball team. His biography can be viewed at

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