When I go through Betsy DeVos interview with Philanthropy Roundtable, it’s clear to me how appreciative Betsy is to her husband Dick DeVos. According to Betsy, Dick’s strong attribute is philanthropy. He is actively involved in community projects, especially helping the less privileged members of the Michigan society. In 2006, the people of Michigan wanted Dick to represent them as governor and he was given the Republic nominee ticket. This kind of effort demonstrates an individual who is determined to serve his community. He is able to mix politics and business and still find the opportunity to give back to the Michigan community.
Dick the Philanthropist
Dick DeVos is the President of Dick & Betsy (D&B) Foundation. The foundation has donated several millions of dollars to educational, religious, community, and civic functions. As the President of the foundation, Dick prioritizes on helping the poor Michigan families. Among the major beneficiaries from Dick’s Foundation are:
- Kid’s Hope Foundation
- Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
- Potters House
- Mass Hill Bible Church
- Willow Creek Association
- Rehoboth Christian School
- Hope College
- Princeton University
- American Education Reform Council
In 2010, Dick founded the West Michigan Aviation College, the first public chartered aviation school in the US. The school caters for less privileged kids in Michigan. The academy is a demonstration of the love that Dick has for education and aviation. According to Dick, the school is an opportunity for the young Michigan community to fly. Through D&B, Dick is actively involved in the support of artistic talents throughout Michigan.
Since 2009, Dick has been active in funding different art events in Grand Rapids. In 2010, D&B Foundation gave $22.5 million to Kennedy Center. The center later changed its name to DeVos Institute of Arts Management. The money was the largest donation accorded to the arts center. In promoting free market economy, Dick has given a number of grants to several organizations. Some of the beneficiaries include Heritage Foundation, Action Institute, and Hudson Institute. In promoting education, Dick through the D&B Foundation offers scholarships to a number of kids in America. They give sponsorship to students attending Northwood University among other educational institutes.
Today, Dick DeVos is a celebrated Michigan hero and American icon. His love for charity, especially helping the young less privileged Americans achieve quality education makes him a true leader. He continues to inspire millions across America through grants and scholarships.
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