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Philanthropy to Give Back to Those in Need

Dick and Betsy DeVos have spoken at a Lessons in Leadership Series run by Edgar D. Prince. In their speaking, they discussed both their political donations and their charitable contributions, which span through their entire lives. They have given money to a number of political places as well as a multitude of charities, and these monetary numbers go into the hundred millions.

 

Their hope is that education will improve, and with the philanthropy that they have shown, they prove that education is a key to being successful. They hope to improve public schools and the teaching and administrative techniques within these schools. With their hearty charitable donations, the DeVos are aiding in the growth and development of thousands of students so that they might succeed in the business world.

 

Dick DeVos has worked in a lot of different executive positions. He was the president of Amway, in which he helped the company grow to be a huge success. He also helped to start the Education Freedom Fund, in the hopes that he could do a service to the underprivileged children living in Michigan. DeVos is qualified to fly jet aircraft and helicopters. He graduated from Northwood University. He is also a two-time National Champion sailer. This man with numerous diverse abilities has helped so many students in high school as well as giving a variety of other businesses money, including the downtown area, convention center, heart hospital, medical school, and Downtown Market. He was candidate for the Michigan governor in 2006, and he also has a New York Times best-selling book entitled “Rediscovering American Values.”

 

DeVos is a versatile man with many talents and ambitions, but his main ambition is to improve education so that others can be given the opportunity to succeed. Despite the criticism he has received for all of his monetary donations, he continues to give back from the money that he has been granted through his inheritance and his successful businesses. His philanthropy has brought him to vast levels of success, and he uses the proceeds that he and his wife collect to give back to the community and help others to become as successful as they. Their motives are to bring improvement and hope, not to make others feel lesser for the money that they may or may not have. Their hopes are to bring about a better system of education for students looking to follow in the footsteps of lucrative businessmen and women.

 

All DeVos wishes to accomplish with his donations is to return what he earned to teach a lesson and make his communities great again. If he has the money to do it, who could ever dream of standing in their way?

 

DICK DEVOS’ LABOUR OF LOVE.

The integration of both Dick Devos’ passions, which are flying and education, is what yielded the creation of West Michigan Aviation Academy located on Gerald R. Ford International Airport grounds. Apart from flying, the school provides opportunities to students who harbor interests in fields such as science, technology, engineering, and math. The tuition-free public charter school is an initiative that was started by Dick Devos, after much encouragement from his wife, Betsy Devos.

Dick Devos ingenuity came about from a network of non-profit organizations, political action committees, and Federal groups that fund the school. All this would not have been made impossible without Dick’s family fortune and immense affiliations. Dick began the school in the year 2010 with only a single office building that served as the initial building of the school. With the school’s noble beginnings notwithstanding, it was able to move into a larger building that made room for curriculum expansion, student life, and new aviation programs. Under the helm of the former principal of East Grand Rapids High, the school progresses in providing the hands-on approach to students that eager in achieving their dreams.

Dick Devos has been hugely involved in privatizing public schools with the aim of making education accessible to all aspiring students. In his quest for achieving this, Dick has ventured into politics, although he lost to Democrat Jennifer Granholm. Nonetheless, this hasn’t stopped Dick from involving himself in various initiatives by helping conservative students and genuine causes. None, however, is greater than his passion for privatization of public education.

Dick Devos began working for his father’s company, the Amway Corporation, in 1974. Dick worked his way up to the vice presidency of the company for ten years. For two years, he was an elected member of the Michigan State Board of Education but later stepped down to take the reins of his father’s business. He took the role of president of the Alticor Inc., which was the parent company of Amway Corporation. He retired in 2002, after which he ventured in the privatization of public education and other noble causes with his wife.

Dick Devos expresses generosity, initiative, and development of aspiring students who seek to achieve their life goals. The West Michigan Academy has opened has garnered donations from various genuine causes, and in so doing helping aspiring students to make their mark in the larger society.