Dick DeVos the Philanthropist

Dick DeVos is known by man as one of the wealthiest men. Also, quite a large number also know him for being a big philanthropist. Dick was born in the year 1955 to Richard DeVos, the founder of Amway Corporation. He is married to Elizabeth (Betsy) Prince and together they have four children, Andrea, Elissa, Ryan and Rick.

Dick was born and raised in Michigan. He was raised in an entrepreneurial background- That might explain his success as an entrepreneur. There he attended and graduated from Forest Hills, which is a public school system. He later went to Northwood University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He also attended Harvard University and Wharton Schools, but did not graduate from any of the institutions. Dick has doctorates in various fields and from various institutions including, Northwood University, Grove City College and Central Michigan University.

Being the successful entrepreneur and businessman that he is, Dick DeVos, along with his family are dedicated to helping elevate the lives of others in various industries and communities. It is with this goal that he and his wife started the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.

With the foundation, the couple contributes towards education support in the country. They are especially passionate about creating education opportunities for students with high talent but limited by their backgrounds. This has seen the foundation collaborate with Northwood University to award scholarships for students willing to take Business Administration, whether at the Bachelors or the Masters level. Additionally, the foundation supports students entering Thunderbird Schools for Masters Degrees in Arts, Science and Business Administration. In this spirit, they opened the West Michigan Aviation Academy which is the first charter aviation school in the country. The school will help kids with a passion for aviation but are not financially capable to attend the expensive aviation schools.

In addition, The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is known to be a big supporter of arts. Since the year 2009, the company has been a big supporter for the ArtPrize, which is a leading art competition in Grand Rapids. Additionally, the foundation is known for their outstanding donation to the Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management. The institute is concerned with to supporting and equipping artists with practical skills readying them for professionalism that fits any part of the world. According to resource, this is the biggest donation that the institute ever received.