Philanthropists

Significant Contributions of Dick Devos for Michigan

Richard Marvin Jr. popularly known as Dick Devos is an American writer, philanthropist and an entrepreneur from West Michigan. He is famous for his philanthropic activities with the help of his wife Betsy Devos, a politician. Most of Dick’s inspiration to a better life came from his father, Richard Devos,who was passionate about business.

 

The Devos couple donations are exclusively for the help of the society and not linked to any political action as most of us thought earlier. Dick Devos and his wife contribute to organizations through their foundation called Dick & Betsy Devos Foundation. Their donations have summed up to $ 139 million with the popular recent one being $ 11.6 million in 2015. Of the 11.6 million, $ 3 million was directed to educational activities. In 2013, Dick Devos and his wife contributed to a vast array of schools.

 

With the support of his wife, Dick Devos established their first aviation based charter school called West Michigan Aviation Academy, at Gerald Ford International Airport. Devos couple funded $ 315,000 to the school for the purchase of their first plane. Last year, the aviation school produced 15 licensed pilotsto the industry. With its adequate knowledge in aeronautical engineering and robotics, students travel from far places and other counties to the school.

 

Apart from education, Dick Devos is passionate about other sectors where he has contributed a lot such as the art industry. Through the Dick $ Betsy Devos Foundation, in 2015, Dick Devos donated $ 2.4 million averaging to 21% of their total funds that year to the Art $ Culture industry. Moreover, 26% went to education,5% to health services, 13% to leadership, 4% to churches,16 % went to the community and development and 12% to public policy.

 

Dick Devos is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended Forest Hills Public School and was already involved in the family business, Amway, at a younger age. Dick Devos is a graduate of Northwood University where he earned a degree in Business Administration.He has received doctorates from Northwood University, Grove City College and Central Michigan University Dick Devos is always happy to see the society living a comfortable life.

 

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