Dick and Mrs. Betsy are legendary philanthropists world over. Through the internationally revered Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, the couple is believed to donate handsomely to various causes. The Betsy DeVos appointment for the U.S Education Secretary prompted the couple to reveal what entails their giving.
A report hosted on the foundation’s website showed that $11.6 million went to charitable organizations in 2015. Campaign donations totaled $5.3 million in the last five years. The couple is passionate about good education for all children. It is no wonder that most of their giving goes to support education causes. This giving amounted to more than $3 million in 2015. Another 3% percent went to organizations that promote reforms in the education sector. Dick DeVos remarked that the donations are an evidence of their quest for equal educational rights. Over the years, they came to a realization that the existing education system sidelined kids from poor neighborhoods. They have since launched several platforms that fight for these rights. The breakdown for the year 2013 donation towards schools showed that $50,000 went to Compass College of Cinematic Arts. About $100,000 to Ferris State University and $25,000 to Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning. Alma mater Northwood University benefitted from a $200,000 donation. Potter’s House received three hundred and one thousand dollars while West Michigan Aviation Academy received $350,000. Rehoboth Christian School were beneficiaries of $50,000.
After Education, Arts & Culture came second in the couple’s priority list. Their concern was in the management of the art community. They believe that the future of arts depends on today’s management. Of their total charitable giving in 2015, $2.4 million went to arts organizations. According to the record, 16 percent went to the local communities and others. Leadership and development received 13 percent and public policy 12 percent. Nearly 5 percent was awarded to health and human resource while 4 percent went to churches. The remarkable thing about the couple’s donations is that it has no strings attached. According to Dick DeVos, their giving is purely meant to help the intended people directly.
About Dick DeVos
Dick DeVos is presently the President and chair of the Grand Rapids-based Windquest Group. He has held this post since the year 2002. Prior, Dick DeVos was the Amway Global CEO. He was also the NBA’s Orlando Magic’s President cum general director.