Why Dick DeVos Commands an American Philanthropic Appeal

Dick and Betsy DeVos have no doubt captured the attention of the public for their substantial donations. They consider those contributions meager as compared to the $139 million they have given out in their lifetimes. The couple is lifting the veil on the contributions being made through their foundation. The reason for the development is the scrutiny they are undergoing. Betsy DeVos contributions to Republican candidates are what brought about the increased interest.



The couple is part of a dynasty that has played a critical role in Republican politics for many years. The culture was led by their father, who is also the Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. In 2015, Dick DeVos doled out $104 million to charity, placing the family at the 24th position among America’s top givers.


The beneficiaries in 2013

The Compass College of Cinematic Arts received $50,000, the Detroit Charter School received $25,000, and Northwood University, which is Dick’s alma mater, received $200,000. The other beneficiaries were Porter’s House in Wyoming, which received $301,000 and the Michigan Aviation Academy was awarded $315,000. Many other institutions benefited from the donations as at 2015.


Dick DeVos Life and Career

Dick DeVos is the eldest son of Richard DeVos, the co-founder of the Amway Corporation. The company is a network sales company with interests in health, personal care products, and household items. He began work at Amway Corporation in 1974 in the company’s operating departments. In 1984, Dick was promoted to the Vice President of the Company’s operations in 18 other countries to gain experience in leadership. He left the firm in 1989 after gaining enough experience and founded the Windquest Group, manufacturing, marketing, and Storage Company.


Dick DeVos is married to Betsy DeVos, the daughter of Edgar Prince. She was appointed the Secretary of Education in the Trump Administration in 2017. Dick DeVos has accomplished much with the resources bestowed upon him under the Amway Corporation and has, in turn, affected lives.


Dick was appointed by his father in 1991 to manage the National Basket Association, the Orlando franchise. He soon returned in 1993 to the Amway Corporation as the President, succeeding his father. He restructured the Amways Corporation in many ways upon the assumption of leadership. Dick created an umbrella firm, the Alticor Corporation, which is made up of the Amways, the Quixtar Corporation, and the Access Business Group. Under this new arrangement, the firm was able to expand to more than 50 countries.


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