In a bid to become more transparent, Betsy and Dick DeVos have embarked on an aggressive campaign to uncover the veil on their philanthropy contributions. Critics have for long reiterated that the DeVoses are using their immense wealth to buy their way through deals and important tenders from the government. The high-profile couple is said to have chucked $11.6M in 2015 to support a wide barrage of schools and other charitable endeavors which Dick and the wife hold in special reverence. Compare that amount with the $5.3 they reportedly spent to fund the Republican Party efforts to usurp power from the Dems. Richard ‘Dick” DeVos is the first-born son of the late co-founder and president of Amway Corporation in the US. Giving comes almost instinctual to the residents of the wealthy area the DeVos come from: West Michigan. The lifetime giveaways by the dynasty built by DeVos Sr. are placed at about $104M as of March 2016, according to financial revelations.
How the Millions Got Split
In 2015 alone, Dick and his charity foundation splurged approximately 26% of the total $11.6M donated to supporting various education reform groups. Overhauling the entire US education system is something which has tormented the couple for decades today. Not everyone is as fortunate as they are to send their kids to the best private schools in the world. We all know that kids from wealthy backgrounds go ahead to graduate and take all the top executive MBA positions at the biggest companies in the world. However, the smart albeit poor children get enrolled in second-grade universities only to later settle for a mid-level management position with bleak future prospects.
Changing the American Education System
That’s the historical injustice Dick and the wife have spent a fortune trying to reverse. The government ought to take over the handling of some of the bills incurred to needy kids in private schools, according to the DeVoses. The interview goes ahead to list the primary benefactors of the benevolence of Dick and Betsy. These include the Ferris State University and the Compass College of Cinematic Arts both in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the West Michigan Aviation Academy and Potter’s House School in Wyoming. Dick went ahead to add that there were personal and targeted donations also being made to specific people.
About Dick DeVos
Dick DeVos, 62, came on board his late father’s company in 1974. After working at the successful supply business for well over 30 years, he finally called it quits by retiring in 2002 as the President-cum-CEO. His stepping down did not come until he had performed a bottom-up restructuring of how his dad’s firm got administered. He made sure to split the original company into three branches: the Alticor Corporation, the Acess Business Group and finally, the Quixtar Corporation. Personally, he opted to lead Alticor as the president but that was before he hangs his vest for good to focus on his political ambitions. In 2006, Dick would have a go at the Michigan gubernatorial vacancy but he lost to a democrat, Jennifer Granholm.