Philanthropy is an area of the modern world that has often become competitive, but in the case of Dick DeVos I have been impressed with the way he has often kept his charitable giving a closely guarded secret. I have always been aware of the amazing work Dick DeVos has completed as a political donor and member of the Michigan Board of Education, but I have been shocked at the sheer level of support he and wife Betsy provide for a range of charitable causes that reflect their own personal interest.
One of the facts that shocked me is that of the lifetime level of giving Dick and Betsy DeVos have completed, which currently stands at $139 million; the last set of figures made available for the philanthropy of Dick and Betsy DeVos shows they provided over $11 million in support for a wide range of charitable groups. I was more aware of the political giving of the DeVos family, but was left shocked by the fact $5.3 million was given to conservative candidates for office over the course of 2015, which shows where Dick DeVos feels his priorities should lie as he makes his way through life following his retirement from the DeVos family owned AmWay Group.
Dick and Betsy DeVos have provided a large amount of funding for a wide range of groups and have been a major part of a family dynasty that has placed a major portion of its time into creating a philanthropic sense of giving I believe is second to none; in total the DeVos family provided more than $100 million in donations in 2015 alone and supported numerous causes to the tune of an amazing $1 billion over their lifetimes.
The career of Dick DeVos has taken him in many different directions over the course of a career I can call nothing but successful; one of the reasons for his long term success I believe to be the success he showed as a business leader outside of the family business AmWay during the early stages of his career. Dick joined the AmWay Group in 1974 and spent a large part of the 1980s extending the global reach of the AmWay Group to give him a better understanding of the global business world.
One of the areas I have been most impressed with the work of Dick DeVos is in his ability to use his skills to identify new areas of success for the AmWay Group and in his own company, The Windquest Group. Through The Windquest Group Dick DeVos manages his own investments and looks for community based programs that will aid in the development of Michigan and the U.S. as a whole.