Richard Marvin “Dick Devos” is a famous philanthropist and has supported many organizations together with his wife, Bests Devos who recently was interviewed with Philanthropy Roundtable. At the interview, she stated that with the support of Dick, they visited Potter’s House Christian School and found parents with bright kids but could not support their tuition fees. They started helping individual students who grew to a more extensive commitment. Today the couple supports the school at a significant level. Dick ran for the State Board of Education in Michigan and was elected in 1990 which helped them in implementing their philanthropic activities.
Moreover, Dick Devos is a well-known American entrepreneur and an author from West Michigan. Dick Devos and Betsy in 1989 founded the Dick $ Betsy Devos Foundation which has contributed to a vast array of organizations. In 2015, the foundation donated $ 11.6 million which summed their lifetime contribution to $ 139 million. I thought their donations are linked to political agenda as Betsy is an active politician, but Dick stated that their contributions are a direct support to the society which is inspiring.
The Dick & Betsy Devos Foundation has donated millions of dollars to five areas which include arts, justice, leadership, community, and education. Moreover, the Devos couple founded the Betsy and Dick Devos Scholars offering free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Scholarship. The scholarship supports MA, MS or MBA students at Thunderbird School of Global Management especially those from developing countries. Also, the scholars are awarded to students who wish to attain a BBA or BBA/MBA combination at Northwood University. According to Dick Devos, the current American school system affects kids who grow up in ZIP codes as they only achieve part of the America dream which I also agree. Therefore he works hard to support schools fulfill the America dream.
Dick Devos is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended the Forest Hills public school system. He is an alumnus of Northwood University where he earned a business administration. He has also received honorary doctorates from Northwood University, Grove City College, and Central Michigan University.
Devos was involved in his family business, Amway, as a child. From 1974, he has held different positions in the company which includes marketing, finance, sales, development, and research. In 1984, Dick was promoted to become one of the vice presidents of Amway with the role of managing operations in 18 countries. Dick Devos is passionate that through his foundation, the society will run its activities smoothly.
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