During my research about Dick Devos, I found out that he has had a very successful career. From 1984 to 1990, he was the vice president of the Amway corporation. During the years of 1991 to 1993, he was president and CEO of the Amway Center and the Orlando Magic. Between 1993 and 2002, he was the president of the Amway corporation. He has also been on the board of the West Michigan Aviation Academy and the Willow Creek Association. From 2002 to the present time, he is the president of the Windquest group, an investment group that is based out of West Michigan. Along with being a successful businessman, I discovered that Mr. Devos and his wife Betsy have donated a lot of money to a good variety of charitable organizations.
Mr. Devos and his wife Betsy, education is very important.They have given millions of dollars to charities that make education better. They have also given money to religious organizations that include Christian schools, youth groups, faith-based charities, and a lot of parochial schools. Two of the more well-known religious organizations that they donate to is Focus on The Family and Young Life. Homeless families have benefited from their generosity by getting a place to stay and counseling. Conservative political organizations like the Republican party are also recipients of some of their charity money. They also gave fifty million dollars to jumpstart the Helen Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I also found out that the Devos have their own charitable organization.
I also have discovered that Mr. and Mrs. Devos own their charitable foundation. They started this organization in 1989 with the goal of “serving as faithful stewards” of greater society through “projects that build a strong community.” Their organization focuses on school choice, community health, the arts, and bringing new life and vitality to communities. They have also given grants to charitable organizations like Potter’s House, a Michigan Christian organization that operates two faith-based schools and West Michigan Aviation Academy, a charter school that has a focus on aviation. Their organization also gives a lot of funds to educational organizations.
Also, for the past several years, the majority of their grant money has gone to the Education Freedom Fund. The Education Freedom Fund gives children in need scholarships to private schools. They also sponsor ArtPrize which is an international art competition that takes place every year in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Other charities that they have given money to are the school outreach program Student Advancement Foundation and Safe Haven Ministries (an organization that gives shelter to women and children that are victims of domestic violence.
After learning about Mr. Devos, I have learned that even though he makes millions of dollars every year, he also gives funds to charitable organizations to improve the lives of many people. While he is making millions, he is also making the lives of many people better.