Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy are the founders of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, which is a philanthropic focus of the family. Being one of the wealthiest families in Michigan as well as the entire United States, the DeVos family are massive contributors with both time and money to philanthropy and other forms of giving back to the community and wider United States. Dick DeVos father, Richard DeVos Senior, was the founder of Amway, which Dick himself successfully ran for a handful of years before leaving to start his own business. One of the more recent areas of focus for the philanthropy of the DeVos family has been in education reform. They have made a huge impact on the rising movement of voucher programs that are now held in 13 states. In addition, there has been a rise in state sponsorship of other school alternatives such as home schooling. This change can be associated the large sums of money that the DeVos family has donated in order to change the focus of the social realm. Another large focus of the DeVos’ family philanthropy is on religious foundations. These include a large number of clubs and after school programs as well as parochial and Christian schools. A large majority of the family’s philanthropic focus remains in their home state of Michigan focusing on education, religious programs, political activism as well as for the less fortunate.
As mentioned before, Dick DeVos was born into a fairly wealthy family as his father was the founder of Amway, a very successful distribution company. DeVos himself saw great rewards and profits from working with Amway. In addition, Dick became the CEO from 1993-2002 in which the company saw great strides in their international sales. Interestingly enough, DeVos also had spent time as the owner and president of the Orlando Magic after the team was acquired by the family. Dick DeVos has also always had a large hand in the political realm. He actually started a campaign and ran for governor of Michigan in 2006. Although he was unsuccessful, his political efforts were not stopped. He still donates a lot of money for conservative causes and political campaigns. During his free time, Dick is a dedicated and successful sailor who has earned two national titles. In addition, DeVos is also a pilot for enjoyment.