Dick and Betsy have earned a lot of attention for their generous contributions, which accumulates to $139 million. In 2015, the West Michigan couple donated $11.6 million. This couple is highly respected because it has played a significant role in Republican politics for a long time. Betsy DeVos is the daughter of the deceased Holland industrialist Edgar Prince. Her family has donated $5.2 billion to charity projects.
In 2015, Both Dick and Betsy contributed over three million dollars to education courses. They awarded $357,000 to groups that support education improvement. The donation demonstrates how the couple prioritizes education. Two years ago, Dick and Betsy education donations benefited Michigan schools. Schools that benefited include Compass College of Cinematic Arts, Ferris State University, Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning, Dick DeVos’ alma mater Northwood University in Midland, Potter’s House in Wyoming, West Michigan Aviation Academy, and Rehoboth Christian School.
DeVos has been working very hard to come up with a better system to help talented educators to be efficient and effective in reaching every child. The DeVos supports areas of high level of difficulty, accountability and adult support and supervision. DeVos launched West Michigan Aviation Academy on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. They were the patrons and donated the school’s first plane. The couple later turned the aviation school annual fundraiser into a gala where they invited the former president George W. Bush and Apollo astronauts.
West Michigan Aviation Academy graduated fifteen licensed pilots last year. The school focuses on aeronautical engineering and robotics. One-third of its students are economically disadvantaged. The students do well in their tests which result in the satisfaction of their families.
The couple also focuses in Arts and Culture. They donated over $2.4 million in 2015 at a charity event. Dick and Betsy launched DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. They supported Michael Kaiser to strengthen his art organization. Michael started his side business when he was the president of the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. This was because they wanted a future with high-quality arts management.
Dick DeVos, the oldest son of Richard DeVos, is the co-founder of the Amway Corporations. The company is a networking company that distributes health, household and personal care products. DeVos ventured into new business, the Windquest Group. This company manufactured and marketed storage and closet controllers. He was later appointed by his father to be the manager of the National Basket Association Orlando Magic Basketball franchise. Dick DeVos is married to Elizabeth Prince. Dick and Elizabeth have four children namely; Rick, Elissa, Andrea, and Ryan. Betsy is the designated U.S Education Secretary.