Category: Education Leaders

Dick Devos: Businessman and Philanthropist

Dick DeVos takes action when he sees something happening that could be detrimental to his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. A public plan in 1991 to build a sports and convention center outside the city limits didn’t sit well with him. He saw the potential for it to devastate Grand Rapids the way Detroit had been devastated by the Pistons and Lions leaving the city in the 1970s for newly built arenas in the suburbs.

 

The lesson was not lost on DeVos, and Grand Action was formed. DeVos, working with other business leaders, was instrumental in the construction of an arena, a convention center, a city market, a performance hall and a hospital. These solidified the central business district and the enduring hub of Grand Rapids, and it did much to halt suburban sprawl.

 

Education reform has long been a defining interest of Dick and Betsy DeVos, and their mission was to ensure that poor children were afforded the same educational opportunities as their own children. They approached that goal in a practical way by melding their education advocacy and philanthropic giving.

 

The couple has long been an advocate of school vouchers and charter schools. Dick DeVos founded an aviation charter school at the Grand Rapids International Airport. When Michigan voters rejected a DeVos-sponsored amendment to create tax-funded vouchers for private schools, the DeVoses redirected their efforts to other areas of the United States. Almost half the States and the District of Columbia now offer some form of vouchers.

 

Betsy DeVos’ push for school choice and vouchers was one reason she was appointed U.S. Education Secretary by President Donald Trump. She was narrowly confirmed after vigorous debate.

 

Also high on Dick and Betsy DeVos’ list are causes related to health and human services. They were the top donor, giving $12.5 million, to construct a children’s hospital that is part of Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids. This hospital saves many families from having to make a trip to Chicago, Detroit or the Mayo Clinic for treatment.

 

The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has given away $138.7 million since 1989 to various philanthropic causes which include scholarships and policy initiatives for education reform.

 

Dick DeVos was recently appointed by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to the 13-member Management Advisory Council. The longtime pilot, former Amway CEO and son of Amway founder Richard DeVos will advise FAA senior management regarding policy, planning and regulatory matters.

 

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Categories: Education Leaders

Philanthropist and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

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The charitable impact of Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos has been extending over the past couple of decades as she has dedicated a large part of her life to her philanthropy work. The name Betsy DeVos has been a signifier of political contributor, a philanthropist, a businesswoman, a leader, to name a few.

Over the course of her philanthropy career, Betsy DeVos has directed millions of dollars to a vast number of charities and political campaigns. Betsy DeVos has been predominantly supporting academic institutions as she is a strong proponent of the education in the United States of America. She has been donating to schools and universities as well as to Christian schools and other Christian education groups. In terms of contributing to political campaigns, over the years Betsy DeVos has donated nearly $20 million to Republic parties and matters. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com

Up to date, Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos is a member of the American Foundation for Excellence in Education. In terms of business, Betsy DeVos is occupying the position of chairman of the board of her husband’s company Windquest which is dedicated to storage solutions. Betsy DeVos is also co-founder and leader of the charity foundation that she and her husband created more than a decade ago in 1989 – the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.

In more recent news, Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos has been appointed by the current US President to act as the US Secretary of Education over the course of his mandate. Betsy DeVos immediately jumped to action and began to energetically enforce across the United States voucher programs and other reforms.

Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos is originally from Holland, Michigan. Her parents – Edgar and Elsa Prince, are business people and philanthropists. He father is an owner of a large corporation. The Prince family line has been doing philanthropy for many generations. Edgar and Elsa Prince have donated billions in their lifetimes. Visit Betsy’s profile on twitter.com.

Richard “Dick” DeVos – Betsy’s husband -is a businessman who has had many decades of professional experience.  Richard “Dick” DeVos established the company f Windquest in the industry of storage solutions a few decades ago. The company is still operating and so is the DeVos family company which Richard DeVos is a leader is of. Richard “Dick” DeVos has been dedicated to charity work for many years as well. He has donated millions individually as well as through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation together with his wife Betsy DeVos. Richard “Dick” DeVos is also a political contributor to the Republican party and has some experience in politics as well.