Dick DeVos and his wife, Betsy, are heirs who never fail to give back to their community. The power couple has been active in their Grand Rapids neighborhood for many years and continues to contribute to the greater good of charity and education reform.
Dick and Betsy are mega-donors to the GOP, which means that they fund many of the political efforts that the party initiates and pushes forward in Washington. Consistent financial contributions and intellectual input over the years have made Dick and his wife quite the influential couple. Of course, these heirs do not only rely on politics to impact their world.
From 1989 to 2015, Dick and Betsy DeVos contributed upwards of $138 million to leadership programs and the arts through their family foundation. Part of that money was also given to local churches as well as health and human service organizations. Education has been at the heart of Dick DeVos and his wife, which is why he and Betsy have worked to provide scholarships to well-deserving youth who want to attend private school but whose parents lack the funds.
The DeVos also contributed a significant amount to local health efforts in 2006. Construction of a $103 million children’s hospital was made possible thanks to Dick and his wife’s $12.5 million donations that came with no strings attached. The Spectrum Health System showed its gratitude to the DeVos by naming the hospital after Dick’s mother, Helen DeVos, who was the wife of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos.
Education reform remains at the heart of every community effort Dick and his wife help make successful. The power couple founded an aviation charter high school at the Grand Rapids International Airport to give young people interested in the industry a head start. In many ways, Dick and Betsy have run with the notion of no child being left behind and pursued everything from vouchers for better schooling to overall improved public education.
Of course, no good deed goes with a challenge or two. Such is the reason why Dick and Betsy have faced much opposition en route to giving kids the same educational opportunities that their children have enjoyed. Many politicians have opposed the Devos’ advocacy for private school vouchers by stating the importance of placing the quality of public schools above such programs. Dick and Betsy, however, have persevered with their vision. The couple’s hard work has certainly paid off with 24 states and the District of Columbia (DC) incorporating voucher programs in their education systems.
Dick and his wife will continue to fight for equality in education until every child, regardless of geographic or family background, has the same opportunities as the next. Learn more: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/09/dick_devos_tapped_for_faas_top.html