Dick DeVos was born in Grand Rapids in 1955. He is the son of Amway co-founder and owner of the Orlando Magic NBA basketball team, Richard DeVos. Dick has led a life rich in reward and has a rewarding career within the family businesses. Dick’s mission is to do all he possibly can to share the fruits of his reward with the less fortunate. Together with his wife Betsy, the couple gave life to the charity known as The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The foundation supports Education, The Arts and Healthcare among many other endowments.
Dick has a keen focus on education and founded the Education Freedom Fund. A charity that allows underprivileged children to attend private schools and covers the tuition costs. Continuing his focus on education, Dick also founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a school with a focus on aviation education. Furthermore, dick himself was a school board member. Dick also gives out other scholarships such as The Dick & Betsy DeVos Scholarship established in 2008 to help support students entering MA, MS, or MBA students at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Dick is also a big supporter of the arts and founded a charity in 2009 known as ArtPrize. ArtPrize is a zany, out there and unorthodox art competition, and is focused on challenging though through art. The charity hands out prizes in excess of $500,000 a year, in addition to grant money to budding artists.
In terms of his charitable donations to health care, Dick and Betsy’s charitable organization funds the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Program. The program funds clinical trials and research in the field of childhood oncology.
Dick’s philanthropic efforts have extended past his own foundation, with campaign contributions over 5 years totaling $5.3 million dollars in 2016 with a conjoined effort the entire DeVos family has given a combined total over $1.33 billion in charity.
Over Dick and Betsy’s life together, they have contributed nearly $139 million dollars in charitable giving to countless charities and will continue to spread the joy of giving for years to come.