You have without a doubt already heard of the DeVos family and their philanthropical work towards changing the educational system of America towards a better one. They have been fighting for what they call the education-choice reform, and it is an idea that Betsy DeVos and Richard “Dick” DeVos had a long time ago to try and find solutions for families that couldn’t put their children in an education of quality.
Richard and his wife, Betsy DeVos, have already done so many philanthropical attitudes towards representing the collective interests of students, parents, teachers, school managers, and many people that care about the educational system.
When the couple unveiled that their charitable contribution was of almost $139 million in in 2017, many newsletters started sharing the story of the philanthropical duo that was slowly but steadily raising awareness of the education problem in the U.S. and trying to find solutions for families that do not have a way to put their kids in the best schools of the country.
They have already achieved so much, and the couple is not only invested in changing the general education department. Richard is also the President of the Windquest Group, his private venture, where he leads investment strategies and researches towards a greener future with sustainable energy and apparels. The company aims to develop technologies for that goal, using the most modern features to try to find solutions for humanity to lead a path of sustainable energy and synergy with nature.
The entire DeVos family are listed among the America’s Top Givers list from the Forbes Magazine, and it isn’t just the couple of Betsy and Richard, but many other individuals from the DeVos family that have contributed towards charitable roles in the U.S.
In 2015, the donations of Dick DeVos and Betsy DeVos reached $11.6 million in charitable contributions, and it was one of the biggest gifts of any philanthropical celebrity in that year, being ranked in the top 10 charitable people of 2015.
Dick DeVos, apart from being a philanthropist, he is a very successful entrepreneur and businessman as well. He loves aviation, as seen in his participation and founding of the West Michigan Aviation Academy, which he opened in 2010 to support young aviators who wanted to learn the profession and earn experience in a dedicated school with great professionals.
He is also part of the Kids Hope USA along with his wife, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, a property of the family who was helped dozens of children and women recover from health issues, and, finally, he supports with capital the Potter’s school, a religious educational institute where he and Betsy studied in high school in their youth.
Mentioning the Potter’s religious school, the reality of parents struggling to pay for the quality education for their children was the stepping stone that led the couple to invest their charitable lives in changing the educational system of the U.S.