The Philanthropic Life of Dick Devos

When Leslie Tassell made a donation of $1 million to a cause that Dick Devos had been supporting, Mr. Devos made a positive comment about him. Dick Devos as an American billionaire from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also the owner of Orlando Magic and a co-founder of Amway Group. In modern America including West Michigan, the influence of people is determined by the amount they donate. This is unlike the past where people were classified depending on the cars they drove and the clothes they wore. Dick Devos is married to Betsy Devos, the current Secretary of Education. The two started living together in 1989 and since then, they have spent over $1.2 billion in philanthropy. In 2014, the Devos family made a donation of $94 million. They were ranked by the Forbes Magazine as the 20th most generous family in 2014.

 

Most of these donations are made to institutions that support conservative agendas. R.J. Shook wrote an article showing how the family made their donations in 2013. In total, they made a donation of $90.9 million. 48 percent of the donation went to education while health and community services received 27 percent. Faith-based organizations received 13 percent of the donation while the remaining portion was allocated to culture and arts.

 

Dick Devos is the oldest son of Richard Devos and Helen June. He attended Northwood University for his undergraduate degree. He also holds honorary degrees from other institutions such as Central Michigan University as well as Grove City College.

 

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