The Charitable Side of Dick DeVos:

The name Dick DeVos is well known in Michigan. While his father is the co-founder of the multi level marketing company Amway, DeVos has carved out his own path in the business world. He was a part owner of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, and later served as the team’s president. He is also the president of the Windquest Group, an investment firm that has holdings in numerous commercial sectors. In 2006, DeVos entered the political world with an unsuccessful run for governor of Michigan.


His success in business has made Dick DeVos the 67th richest person in the United States according to Forbes magazine. He and his wife, current U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, have put that wealth to good use for a number of philanthropic causes.


In 1990, the DeVoses set up the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The organization contributes to a variety of causes, including education, religion, and art. The Foundation has given money to a number of religious and business oriented schools like Grand Rapids Christian Schools and the Thunderbird School of Global Management. More than 4,000 students in the state of Michigan have received scholarships through the DeVos Foundation. Dick and Betsy also fund the ArtPrize program, an annual art competition in Grand Rapids. Another art endeavor the DeVoses supported was the Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management, which they donated $22 million toward to help with the training of art managers and those who serve on art boards. They also funded a $500,000 study of Lake Macatawa in Holland, Michigan to pinpoint its pollution sources.


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