Philanthropy Forms The Backbone Of The Work Of Dick DeVos

I have always taken a keen interest in the work of business leaders from across the world and have recently become interested in the life and work of the former President of the AmWay group Dick DeVos. In the last I was only aware of Dick through his work with AmWay and a little from his own Windquest group investments in green energy that have made some headlines; however, reading an interview with Dick’s wife Betsy with the Philanthropy Roundtable made it clear to me that both of these impressive members of the DeVos family have made a major commitment to helping others that they have carried through for many years. In fact, Dick and Betsy stumbled into the education reform community when they began visiting schools in their own Grand Rapids area of Michigan and found many families were struggling to simply provide a competitive education for their children. Many of the programs established to support existing school choice programs and develop new ones are completed through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which has been a major source of innovation and financial backing for groups and programs across the U.S. In their own Grand Rapids area of the world, Dick and Betsy have made a major investment in school choice with the development of the West Michigan Air Academy charter school that is located in the ground of Gerald R. Ford International Airport; the academy was originally the brainchild of Betsy DeVos when she wished to back her husbands interest in air travel that is shared by thousands of young people across the state. I have always been impressed by the need of people who have achieved much in their life to help others who are also looking to develop their own future, which has been shown in the work of Dick DeVos as he has backed many different programs and business ventures in his home area of Grand Rapids. Many of the investments Dick and Betsy DeVos have made through The Windquest group have been based in Grand Rapids, as has the work completed by Dick to bring economic stability to the region through his involvement with the Grand Action group in Grand Rapids.


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