According to the MLive analysis, the DeVos family made $90.9 million annual donation in 2013 and about nearly a half was in support of education matters. Institutions that offer educational services like public and private universities as well as public K-12 and Christian schools were beneficiaries of the donations. The donations fall in four wide categories of education, arts and culture, health and community, as well as church and faith based factions. From the analysis done by MLive, 48% of the donations went to education with 27% going to health and community. Church and faith based institutions received 13% with arts and culture getting 12%. This information was originally mentioned on Mlive.com as found in the link below. http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2016/01/how_mlive_analyzed_devos_famil.html
Dick DeVos is the oldest son of the DeVos family and his family foundation has been chief among the givers to charity. Dick ranks high as a businessman. He is honorable, intelligent, and compassionate when it comes to community issues especially in the Michigan area that I know. Having been raised and brought up in Michigan, I was not surprised to see Dick ran to be the governor in 2006. Few people in the world enjoy being involved with the family business from a young age but not Dick. As a child, he was already busy helping out as a min hosts whenever meetings were held at their business, a place where he enjoyed being.
The Forest Hill public school system and Northwood University graduate started working with the Amway Corporation in 1974. DeVos held various positions that include research and development, marketing, manufacturing, sales and finance before becoming the vice president in 1984. Through his managerial leadership, Amway ventured into several new markets thus tripling its international sales and exceeded the domestic sales for the first time in the company’s history as highlighted on his Wikipedia page.
Apart from Amway, Dick DeVos has served in executive positions in NBA franchise, Orlando Magic as well as the Windquest Group where he is the current president. The business ventures and busy schedule has not kept Dick DeVos away from his philanthropy work. A good number of community initiatives in Michigan that I know of have received his support and they, in return, are supportive of his work and charity as well.
Dick DeVos is the largest donor to the Grand Valley State University at $36 million. Dick DeVos has awarded over 4,000 scholarships through his Education Freedom Fund to underprivileged children in Michigan. This is through the West Michigan Aviation Academy that he started. Dick is not only an avid philanthropist, but he is an experienced pilot of both airplanes and helicopters, making his reason for starting the aviation high school two-fold. Below, you can see him demonstrating a landing downtown for his students.
The Grand Rapids area revitalization and health care improvements in the region have benefited from his leadership. They include a $75 million downtown arena, a $130 million heart hospital, $212 million convention center and a $90 million medical school all of which Dick DeVos has served as a chair or co-chair as pointed out on his personal website.