Philanthropy

Dick DeVos: Improving The State Of Michigan

Betsy DeVos is someone who is incredibly well known owing to her position as the Secretary of Education for the United States. She has gained prominence for being one of the leading women in education reform and has contributed immensely to the growth and developments that the country has been seeing within this sector However, very few people know about her husband Dick DeVos, who is also someone who has contributed in many ways to the causes that she supports.

 

 

The couple both come from affluent backgrounds, with Dick DeVos being the son of Richard DeVos, the founder of Amway Co. The couple met while they were both students at Calvin College in Michigan and got married soon after. Dick DeVos has on numerous occasions stated his dedication to God, his wife, his children, and his country.

 

 

The family business was always something that Dick DeVos was interested in, and since an early age was involved in various activities with the company. DeVos knew that someday he would be taking over the company, and started grasping the intricacies of the business since an early age. With time, his ability to lead the company grew extensively, leading him to become one of the most important people within Amway.

 

 

Politics and Governance was always something that Dick DeVos showed an interest in, and he regularly participated in activities that would improve the state that he was living in. In 2006, he decided to take a leap of faith and run for the position of Governor of Michigan. At that time, the state was experiencing a harsh unemployment crisis and has some of the highest rates in the entire country. DeVos knew that with his knowledge of building companies and creating jobs, he could lead the state in a positive direction that would help them remedy this crisis. Dick DeVos was unsuccessful in that regard and lost by fourteen points on the ranking system. This, however, did not dissuade from continuing to work towards reforms within the state.

 

 

The next move that Dick DeVos decided to take was to start up an organization to offer support to the community. Along with his wife, he decided to start up the DeVos Family Foundation. This organization was one who provided support to those who were in need of necessities. The organization also had a special focus on education and offered scholarships to students so that they could seek better educational opportunities.

 

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