Dick and Betsy DeVos have established themselves as some of the biggest donors in the United States. Over the years, they have contributed a vast amount of money to charitable causes. To date, they have contributed a total of $139 million which is among the most of anyone in the nation. Betsy DeVos has been a major contributor to Republican candidates who are in favor of enhancing the quality of education. As a Secretary of Education nominee, Betsy has often looked to help provide resources and options for individuals to have more flexibility in choosing the education they want to receive. When making a number of charitable contributions to philanthropic causes such as education, Dick and Betsy DeVos funnel their funds through their charitable organization.
The year of 2015 was one of the most generous years for the DeVoses. They donated over $11 million to numerous charitable causes according to the couple’s foundation website. With this amount, the DeVoses contributed twice the amount they gave for political causes during the last five years. When it comes to making donations, the DeVos family is among the top donors to the Republican political party. This has been the case for many years as Dick DeVos’ father Rich was the first to make large contributions to members of the Republican Party. Over the course of their lifetime, the DeVos family has donated over $100 million to various causes. This has allowed them to be named by Forbes as one of America’s Top Givers.
Out of all the charitable causes the DeVos family has given to, one of the most common has been towards education. The DeVos family strongly believes in quality education and has therefore devoted a lot of money to improving educational options to everyone. They have donated one quarter of their funds towards education so they are very much invested in this particular cause. Along with providing funds for education, they also provide money groups that support education too. The donations towards education have allowed the DeVoses to make a considerable effort in making education more available and of better quality.
Dick DeVos has had one of the most successful careers any businessperson can have. For most of his career, he has managed and run one of the top direct selling companies in the world. Over the course of his career, he worked at Amway in various positions. Most of his experience came in sales and marketing in which he worked to help increase sales and more effectively market the company’s products. With his proven track record of helping generate sales for the company, DeVos would get promoted to a number of executive level jobs. This enabled him to have an even more significant impact on the company’s success.