Dick and Betsy DeVos are renowned philanthropists in the United States of America. Over their lifetime, Dick and Betsy DeVos have offered charitable contributions that add up to approximately $139 million. Dick and Betsy, a couple from Michigan, are still lifting the veil on the millions in charitable giving funneled through their organization. In 2015 alone, the couple raised $11.6 million for charity. This is according to a research on the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation website.
Dick and Betsy give money with an altruistic motive. According to me, Dick and Betsy do this to indicate that education is key to success. In 2015, Dick and Betsy allocated over $3 million for educational purposes. The funds accounts for 26 percent of their charitable giving that year. Besides that, Dick and Betsy’s foundation awarded $357,000 to educational reform groups. I support the couple’s altruistic move in their desire to improve educational standards.
After accomplishing their dream in making education better, Betsy and Dick still want to be helpful in the society. The couple’s next focus is on Arts & Culture. In 2015, Betsy and Dick gave twenty-one percent of their total charitable donations. Before this giving, Dick and Betsy had donated $22 million for the launching of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. The institute is located at the Maryland University. Immediately after the institute’s establishment, it became active. The institute began by supporting Michael Kaiser’s desire to enhance the business side of arts groups.
I purport that Dick and Betsy, heirs of two wealthy families, have spent most of their adult lives changing policies and institutions. As GOP mega-donors, Betsy and Dick’s influence in politics has catalyzed major alternations in state laws that affect labor and education. In my opinion, Dick DeVos has played a significant role in the conversion of Michigan from a place of organized labor to a right-to-work state. Also, in Michigan, under Dick’s influence, union membership is not a necessity for employment.
In 2006, the couple donated $103 million towards the construction of a children’s hospital. I view the DeVos family as protective of their family name. The children’s hospital was named after Dick’s mother, Helen DeVos. The hospital has made life easier for parents. The two also founded a school, Betsy DeVos’ schools. The story of Dick and Betsy teaches us to be protective of our families’ names and make people’s life meaningful.