Each person in their life time wants to leave a legacy. Something that many can look back and say, “That was a life well spent, a life of giving, a life in the service of others.”. As time passes many trials and tribulations come our way and it is those experiences that help us grow into people of character. A person who can easily see the other side of the fence. Dick Devos is such a man and his charitable giving is rivaled by none.
Dick Devos is the son of Rich Devos a man who built an empire empowering other people with the philosophy that “If you can imagine it, then you can do it!”. Rich Devos helped build many a millionaire and his son Dick was placed on that same road. After many years of hard work Dick Devos became the man his father wanted him to be. A philanthropist that never once forgot his roots, who he was, and who he must always be. The years Dick spent working for Amway corporation here as well as abroad made him a more well-rounded businessman. After many years with Amway to include the restructuring of the corporation Dick Devos began the Windquest corporation followed by becoming the manager of the Orlando Magic, an NBA basketball team.
Ultimately, in 2006 Dick Devos still working with Amway and Windquest decided to run for Governor of Michigan. Spending almost 40 million dollars of his own money he came up a bit short and was defeated. The Devos family is not used to defeat and so Dick Devos turned his efforts to the nurturing of children. What could be better?
In a very special way it is the educational system that has attracted Dick Devos and his lovely wife Betsy and they have brought to bear their substantial fortune to this venue. Starting with a very small Potters House Christian Academy Dick Devos began a crusade to fund scholarships for the poorer families and to give them an opportunity to choose the educational system best suited for their children. With school age children of his own it became a quest to make sure that every child had the same type of educational opportunities his children had. Of the 139 million dollars in donations almost 35 million of that went to schools and educational funding. In addition, a little over 20 million went to Health and Human services and another 20 million went to The Arts.
As diverse as their generosity is, it is the way they give that should be noted. They have a ‘No interference, No questions asked’ philosophy, that allows the recipients of Dick Devos’ generosity to put the money to the use that they deem most beneficial.
Dick Devos and his family have been a solid main stay for the state of Michigan each year. Always ready to put their best foot forward. His wife Betsy is now the Secretary of Education in the Trump Administration and Dick is very supportive of her role in government. The Devos custom has always been to live by the Golden Rule and Dick Devos exemplifies that tradition each day.