Following Betsy DeVos nomination to the post of Secretary of Education in 2016 by the then President-Elect Donald Trump, the couple released a report on their contributions. It was mandatory for her to reveal the information before she was confirmed.
The couple, however, decided to release the information early. In the report published on their website, the couple had contributed $139 million to different organizations in their lifetime. In 2015, they donated $11 million and 26% of that was given towards the education system. The couple stated that they are passionate about education and that is why most of their contributions were given in support of the education sector.
According to the report, in 2013, their education giving benefited different schools in Michigan. Some of the major beneficiaries included the Ferris State University, Compas College of Cinematic Arts, Detroit Charter School, Potter’s House and, Northwood University.
The couple deciding to release the reports early was a sign of their transparency. However, the move came highly criticized by some of the State officials who said that it was a ploy for them to get the public’s attention away from their political contributions.
Dick has made contributions through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. He has contributed millions towards different organizations. The foundation also supports the ArtPrize which is an art competition.
About Dick DeVos
Richard Marvin ‘Dick’ Jr. is the oldest son of Richard Marvin Sr. the co-founder of the Amway Corporation. It is a network sales company that deals with health, household and personal care products. Dick DeVos joined the Corporation in 1974 and was in charge of manufacturing, sales, marketing, research, and development.
In 1984, Dick was promoted to Vice President of the Company, and he was in charge of operations in 18 countries.
His father later acquired the Orlando Magic, and for a brief period, Dick served as the president of the company. He left Orlando and rejoined Amway as it president in 1993. He was in charge of the operations of the Company in all the regions. Under his leadership, the Company attained great success reporting sales revenue of $4.5 billion.
In 2000, he participated in a restructuring of the Amway Company and the Alticor was formed. Dick served as the President of the Company before resigning in 2002. DeVos has also served as the President of the Windquest Group.
Dick DeVos won the Michigan State Board of Education elections in 1990. He, however, resigned after two years because of his appointment as the Amway President. In 1996, he was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Control by the Governor John Engler.
In 2006, Dick announced his candidacy for the governor of Michigan. He lost to Governor Jennifer Granholm.