Dick and Betsy DeVos are undeniably one of the influential couples in Michigan and the rest of the US. They have made significant contributions to not only charity but also education. In an interview with Philanthropy, Betsy DeVos delved deeper into her involvement in education reforms in the United States. She cited that her primary focus is educational choice whereby she intends to break down the mentality that assigns a student to a particular school based on his or her family’s zip code. Betsy also indicated her support for digital learning citing that technology eliminates bored through various resources and programs that make learning fun. Additionally, Betsy endorsed homeschooling as another valid educational option for parents, as it gives parents back their power and influence over their kids’ education.
A Detailed Focus on Dick DeVos
Dick DeVos is a renowned entrepreneur cum businessman based in Michigan. He is the rightful heir to Richard DeVos, one of the wealthiest individuals in the region and the co-founder of Amway. Over the years, Dick DeVos has held numerous roles including serving as the chief executive officer of his father’s company from 1993-2002. Before that, he held several positions in various divisions such as finance, sales, manufacturing, marketing as well as research and development. Additionally, DeVos ran for public office, Governor of Michigan, in 2006 although he lost to Jennifer Granholm.
Away from Amway, Dick DeVos is the founder of Windquest Group, a privately-owned and operated investment management firm. The Michigan-based firm boasts diversified projects in various sectors such as hospitality, clean-tech industry, manufacturing, nonprofit and technology. As an individual who is active in the community, DeVos sits on the boards of several bodies including Project Clarity, Grand Rapids Economic Club, the West Michigan Aviation Academy and Willow Creek Association. Furthermore, he is the author of Rediscovering American Values, a New York Times bestseller that was published in 1998 by E.P.Dutton.
Dick DeVos steers the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation in the capacity of president. The foundation has a reputation for donating millions of dollars to support religious, artistic, civic, free-market economic and educational organizations. Organizations and institutions that have significantly benefited from such grants include Kids Hope USA, Rehoboth Christian School, Grove City College, Mars Hill Bible Church, the West Michigan Aviation Academy, Willow Creek Association, Calvin College, the Education Freedom Fund, ArtPrize Grand Rapids, and the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan among many others.
To learn more, visit http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/.