Richard Marvin “Dick Devos” is an American business man and a writer from West Michigan. He is well known for his charitable donations together with his wife, Betsy Devos. He got most of his inspirations from his father, Amway, who once ran for a gubernatorial seat in Michigan in 2006.
Dick and his wife have generously contributed to charitable events through their family foundation. In addition to that, they have also contributed to politics. However, Devos said that their donations are a direct support to the people and not linked to any political agenda as I thought before he clarified. Their lifetime charitable contributions are approximate $139 million. Dick Devos values education which I think is a good sector to support. In 2015 the couple donated $ 3 million to educational activities which accounted for 26% of their total charitable funds.
I agree with his point of view that America does not fulfill dreams according to the current system. Kids who grow up in ZIP codes end up only achieving an education that is enough to complete part of the American dream. In 2013, there was a vast array of schools that benefited from the couple’s donations, most of them were Michigan Schools. Some of the beneficiaries were Dick Devos’ alma mater Northwood University in Midland benefiting with $200,000, Potter’s House with $301,000, West Michigan Aviation Academy with $315,000, among others.
Dick Devos and his wife launched the first aviation based charter school in the country at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Moreover, they donated $315,000 to their school West Michigan Aviation Academy used in purchasing the school’s first plane. The couple being patrons of the school, they were happy with last year’s graduating class which had fifteen licensed pilots from the school.
Most middle-class students travel for hours from seven different counties to the school to acquire knowledge on aeronautical engineering and robotics. I might consider the school with their knowledgeable training for my kids from their results. Devos insists that in addition to the children’ education, the society needs to see their effects in their lives, their opinions about the world, the attitude they possess and the comfort. From my understanding, these values support our kids’ education.
Moreover, apart from education, Dick Devos has an interest in Arts & Culture. In 2015, the foundation donated $ 2.4 million which was 21% of their total charitable funds to the Art $ Culture industry. Other donations are 16 %to the community, 13% of leadership and development, 12% to public policy, 5% of health services and 4% to churches. Dick DeVos inspires me to impact the society positively.