There is no denying the fact that Dick and Betsy DeVos are in the centre of attention for their enormous donations and contributions of over $139 million. For Dick and Betsy, education is one of the bigger priorities. In 2015, over $3 million was donated to educational causes, as well as $357,000 was awarded to groups supporting the education reform. DeVos believes that so many great teachers and administrators have been working hard all their lives but still remaining underpaid.
The couple are long-term promoters of Grand Rapids Christian Schools, as well Potter’s House (Christian school). In 2015, they gave over $2.4 million towards the growth of the Arts and Culture sphere.
DeVos ensures that the bulk of all donations are aimed towards helping people directly.
He says that these are by no means political organizations which advocate or advance any sort of political agenda. They are simply wishing to serve people.
The couple has also been a long-term financial supporter for the Chicago mega church by the name of Willow Creek. In 2013 they generously handed over $1 million to encourage the growth of the church’s Global Leadership Summit. This was just one of many donations towards this church.
A few years back, the family launched the first US aviation-themed charter school within the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. DeVoses do much more than simply writing annual checks – which peaked roughly $315,000 in 2013 -or even donating the school’s first plane. What is more significant is the fact that they turned the school’s annual fundraiser to a gala which is able to draw out A-list speakers such as former President George W. Bush and numerous astronauts of Apollo.
DeVos says that he and his wife always consult their children about the places which are worth their investment. And they always let them know if the donation that they are planning to hand over is too small to make a difference for the better. “We always listen to them”, he says.
The DeVos family says that their giving is focused on developing initiative, quickening change and utilizing support in five zones: community, education, arts, justice and Leadership.