Dick DeVos Business and Philanthropy

Dick DeVos is a Michigan based entrepreneur. He has spent days of his career serving different positions in different companies. Some of these companies include his father owned Amway; he served here as a President from the year 1993 to the year 2002, NBA Orlando Magic and The Windquest where he serves as the president of the company. Apart from business, Dick has also been in Philanthropy activities. DeVos also had an interest in politics; he vied for Michigan governor though he did not win.


DeVos has been as successful businessman throughout his career. For the period he served as thepresidentof the Amway International, he controlled all the company’s’ activities in over 50 countries across the globe. In his final year, he reported $4.5 billion in sales; this was the biggest sale the company ever made in a single year. In fact, DeVos tripled the company’s sales internationally where they got higher than the domestic sales. Before becoming the president of Amway International, DeVos served as the vice president of the company and the president of the family owned NBA team Orlando Magic.


Dick DeVostogether with wife Betsy DeVos has been involved in various charity projects. The couple founded Dick and Betsy Family Foundation an organization that aims to improve education and support communities. DeVos also started Education Freedom Fund, which was aimed to provide a scholarship for the underprivileged students in Michigan. So far, the foundation has been able to provide scholarships for over 4000 students in the region. Most of these students were enrolled in the West Michigan Aviation Academy a high school that concentrates on offering aviation course to the students.


According to Mrs. DeVos, their organization has been able to fund over 250,000 students in 17 states. Comparing the number with that of the students that benefited from the charity project in 2013, there was an increase in 30,000. Dick and Betsy’s Foundation was founded in 1989, and it has been able to provide a scholarship to thousands of students in Michigan and other states. The foundation has been a success according to the organization’s mission.


Dick and His Wife Betsy both have a keen interest in funding education programs and projects. This is a major reason top why their organizations are more based on education. They both believe that with education the community is strong. Education helps one to be self-reliable, and this is the one best form of charity you can ever participate in.


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