With dwindling values regarding family, faith and charity, I was intrigued to learn more about Dick DeVos. He has recently released just how much money he has donated in his lifetime of giving. While the numbers are astounding, his mission is to use his wealth to support his community based on his religious values. The DeVos family has five different foundations that work together and are primarily focused on West Michigan, where Amway was founded. Read the full original article here to get all the details of each charity: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2016/01/devos_family_donations.html#incart_river_home
The family values public education, although none of the children attended public school, they believe that making the educational system better further enhances the community as a whole. This is one of the reasons, along with his passion for flying, that Dick founded an aviation high school. In the past years, the majority of their donations go to funding public schools and education. Next, they focus on health and community services. Then, churches or faith-based organizations and last, but not least, arts and culture. Not only is the family prominent for their generosity, Dick has also built a legacy getting other people involved in giving. He is the first to commend his community in their endeavors in business, charity and succeeding in any goals they set before themselves on his personal Facebook, as you can see in his post below.
Rich DeVos, 89, along with his wife, started the Rich & Helen DeVos Foundation. The tradition was later carried on by each one of his children: The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation was formed in 1989, The Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation was formed in 1992, The CDV5 Foundation, previously known as The Vanderweide Family Foundation (founded by Cheri DeVos) was founded in 1992, and the Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation was formed in 1992. Each foundation focuses on family, education and community with strong ties to West Michigan.
Dick DeVos is very well known and respected within his community for both his experience as a businessman and a generous philanthropist. He contributes millions of dollars to helping build a stronger city in which the people can strive for greatness. Dick focuses on the children who will be the future of the country and are solely responsible for the future growth of businesses like his own. They genuinely care about helping. Setting a great example for anyone else who has considered contributing, they are, in my opinion, a family to look up to.