Dick and Betsy DeVos are a philanthropic couple that attracts much admiration as well as criticism. Most of the criticism and scrutiny is based on their political giving, which is only a small fraction in comparison to their charitable contributions. The two believe that givers are receivers, so they believe in sharing what they have.
Notably, Dick and Betsy DeVos both came from highly philanthropic families. Case in point, in 2015, Rich DeVos, Dick’s father, and his kids gave over $104 million in charity donations. Forbes named the family among the highest givers in America. Similarly, Betsy is a daughter of Edgar Prince, who was an industrialist in Holland. Edgar was also reputable in political and charitable giving. Additionally, for many decades, the DeVos family has dominated Republican politics.
Betsy DeVos is an educational secretary nominee who has made many lofty contributions to schools and political candidates. Consequently, her high contributions from the family foundation are currently under scrutiny as she and the husband await a hearing on Wednesday. Reports indicate that in 2015, Dick DeVos’ family made $11.6 million charity contributions and $6 million political contributions. Betsy, who was also being vetted for a cabinet position, told the federal government that in the last five years she gave approximately $6 million in political contributions.
Dick and Betsy DeVos have priorities in their giving. Their number one priority is education, which they claim suffers under the current regime. Consequently, they contribute with the aim of bringing change that would help all students achieve the American dream, which the couple feels is suppressed. In Dick’s confession, there are students in wrong zip codes who cannot attain the necessary education and whose dreams are maimed. Accordingly, the couple gives to help these kids gain equal opportunities with the more privileged students. Dick and Betsy DeVos do not give to public schools because they are more focused on righting the wrongs that are present in the public schools. Statistics reveal that in 2015 the couple gave $3 million in education-related fields and granted $357, 000 to groups that were performing educational reform.
Dick Devos Work and Personal History
Dick Devos became the Chief Executive Officer for Army Corp, which is a family business in 1993 and held the position up to 2002. From the year 1991, Dick contributed to the formation of Grand Action, a group composed of business leaders. The group contributed to the completion of several projects such as Michigan State University Medical School, Van Andel Arena, the DeVos Place Convention Center, and DeVos Performance Hall. Dick and his wife have also contributed highly in the reformation of labor and education laws in the states. One can argue that their monetary contributions give them a voice and cause them to influence decisions easily.