Dick DeVos gathers attention for his political donations as well as huge charitable contributions too. In fact, these charity contributions total to $139 million today.
He is not shy about unveiling the millions that will be a part of his philanthropic giving through his foundation. In 2015 alone, this foundation had given $11.6 million as charitable contributions.
Dick DeVos is a part of a high-profile family dynasty. He is the son of Amway co-founder, namely, Rich DeVos. Even his father was among the top charity contributors in the US.
He lives in West Michigan. His philanthropy keeps education as a priority. He likes to donate towards educational causes. Aside from that, his foundation awards a lot of money to those groups which support educational reforms. He says improving education is a priority for him.
Dick DeVos clearly underlines the belief that the current education system is not able to fulfill the American dream. He considers it to be a civil rights issue. Kids are not able to get access to the kind of education they need in order to achieve the American dream. This is because such education does not exist in the neighborhood where they are growing up.
Hence Dick DeVos is supporting vouchers as well as charters schools in order to divert funding away from those traditional public schools. He believes in offering choice to people. This is because providing one kind of public education to all cannot be the solution to this problem.
Dick DeVos is impressed with the talent available in the country with regard to teachers as well as administrators. The only problem is that there is no proper system that could take these effective educators to reach each and every child.
The educational giving of Dick DeVos has mainly benefited Michigan schools. He is making efforts to ensure that all his giving is more transparent as they meet all the criteria of any charitable organization. He is funding the foundation of the Great Lakes Education Foundation that is Lansing-based. He is also funding the charter school advocacy group that is based in Michigan. He is mainly donating so that he can help people directly. He is not funding any political organization this way. Rather, he is simply trying to serve as well as help people as much as he can.
Dick DeVos is supporting those schools which can provide an environment full of academic rigor. Besides, they need to display adult support as well as supervision. Next, such schools have to be accountable for all the resources that they are using. His benefactors include the Grand Rapids Christian Schools besides the Potter’s House.
He has also launched a charter school that is based on aviation. This is the first school of its kind in the country.