Criticism aside, Dick and Betsy DeVos is a couple well known for engaging in philanthropy. Critics have been quoted in different times saying that Dick and Betsy overspend in sponsoring political campaigns compared to what they pump into supporting philanthropic programs. Records from the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation and other reliable sources, however, prove these critics wrong. Figures don’t lie, and going by the figures from the sources; then it’s true to say that what the DeVoses give out in support of political agendas and ideologies is dwarfed by their enormous contributions to charity.
The charitable donations made by Dick and Betsy sum up to hundreds of millions of dollars. When President Donald Trump honored Betsy with a cabinet slot after he ascended to power earlier this year, the vetting panel requested her to produce records that showed how her family has been donating to various courses. As such, the DeVoses gave a clear break down of how they have been spending over the recent past.
For the time between 2012 and now, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has made political donations in the region of $5.3 million. As for contributions to charity, the foundation report showed that it had coughed about $11.6 million to charity in 2015 alone. A quick arithmetic shows that what the family gives to charity in a year is double what it gives to politicians.
Narrowing down to the specifics in the report, the DeVoses are more generous in supporting programs that enhance education reforms and development. The report indicates that more than a quarter of the $11.6 million the couple donated to charity in 2015 was channeled into the education sector. In Betsy’s own submission, education is a priority to them because it’s by it that the entire citizenry is empowered. Her argument is and has always been that every American kid should be free to live the American dream without discrimination. As for Dick, he believes that restricting kids to schools within their zip codes is wrong in the sense that those born and raised in wrong codes are condemned to missing out on their dreams.
Dick DeVos acknowledges the input by teachers and other educators in helping kids in school. He, however, notes that teachers cannot do much without all the stakeholders pulling together. On top of funding other people’s initiatives and supporting charter schools across the nation, Dick and Betsy are the founders of Great Lakes Education Foundation that advocates for education equality in Michigan.
About Dick DeVos
Going by his Facebook profile, Dick DeVos was born in 1955 in Michigan. He is a fan and supporter of Orlando Magic Basketball, which he previously served as president and CEO between 1991 and 1993. He is the current M.D of The Windquest Group.