It is inspirational when an individual or a family make the conscious decision to give back in gratitude for the blessings they have received in their lives. That is the case with Dick DeVos, an individual who worked his way to great wealth and along with his wife, Betsy, created the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. DeVos uses this foundation as a vehicle to manage the many charitable interests his family supports throughout the country and the world.
It was estimated that in 2013, their foundation donated $7 million through their foundation to charitable causes. The IRS reported that they gave 121 donations ranging in value from $1 million to $250. These donations by the DeVos family have managed to lead to a real improvement in both their home state of Michigan and all across the world.
It has been a productive 30 years that Dick and Betsy DeVos have been married and giving back has been a large part of their lives. Dick graduated from a public high school in Michigan and went to Northwood University. He began his career by going to work for the Amway Corporation, working his way up to vice president of Amway International in 1984. He was very successful in building their expansion into 18 countries and in 1991 DeVos became President of the Orlando Magic NBA basketball franchise. It was in 1993 that he returned to Amway as President and again had the magic touch that led to unprecedented sales and profitability.
Giving back has been important from the beginning for the DeVos family. They have put their personal interests and charitable donations into many worthy projects including, Willow Creek Association, West Michigan Aviation Academy, Spectrum Health System, RDV Corporation, Revitalizing downtown Grand Rapids and Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan. With each donation, Dick is a living example of the value of giving back to the community and the power that gift can have to make the world a better place.
Learn more about Dick from his Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_DeVos