Richard Marvin popularly known as Dick Devos is well known for his philanthropic activities. With the support of his wife Betsy Devos, he has supported many organizations. Recently, Betsy Devos did an interview with Philanthropy Roundtable about their charity work. At the interview, Mrs. Devos said that they used to visit Potter’s House Christian School where they encountered kids from families that could not take care of their tuition fees. The couple decided to support one student at a time which expanded to a significant number. Therefore they got committed to many students, and today the Devos couple plays a substantial role in the school and many schools.
In 1990, Dick Devos vied for the State Board of Education in Michigan and was elected. This post boosted their mission for supporting kids achieve a better education. In 1989, the couple founded the Dick & Betsy Devos Foundation which mainly supports five segments which are education, justice, arts, leadership, and community. Dick Devos saw the foundation contribute $ 11.6 million to different projects in 2015 which summed up their lifetime donations to $ 139 million. Earlier I thought these contributions were politically linked, but Dick Devos cleared the air and said all the funds are a straight help to the society. This statement moved me to how he is passionate about giving back to the community.
In addition to the donations, Dick Devos and his wife founded the Betsy and Dick Devos Scholars. The foundation provides scholarships for enterprise and entrepreneurship. It mainly benefits MBA, MA and MS scholars at Thunderbird School of Global Management more so those who come from developing nations. Also, the students at Northwood University who want to undertake BBA or combine BBA and MBA. Dick Devos thinks the current school system affects many kids as they do not achieve a complete American dream, but they are only trained to meet part of the dream. I agree with him because we need a system that considers even the kids who are growing up in ZIP codes.
Dick Devos was raised in Grand Rapids in Michigan. He studied at the Forest Hills public school system which helped him set his goals. He then joined Northwood University graduating with a Business Administration degree. Moreover, Dick received honorary doctorates from Grove City College, Central Michigan University, and Northwood University. Dick Devos is an American entrepreneur and an author. He works in his family business company, Amway, where he has served since an early age. Dick Devos is always happy when the society lives happily.
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