Anything But Chump Change: Dick DeVos’ Philanthropic Ventures

Dick DeVos and his wife, Betsy, have garnered a great deal of attention through their careers for their sizable political campaign donations, however, these contributions pale wholly in comparison to the dynamic duos philanthropic donations. Over their collective lifetimes, Mr. and Mrs. DeVos have contributed around 139 million dollars to various charity foundations – no small sum to be sure!

 

In 2015 alone, Mr. DeVos contributed 11.6 million dollars to various different charity foundations, this according to the DeVos’ own personal website, The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. This is over twice the amount that both DeVos’ contributed to political campaigns over the course of the past five years in total (this information is verifiable through financial release statements which were a part of Betsy DeVos’ vetting process during her appointment to the position of Secretary of Education). With that being said, it is clear that Mr. and Mrs. DeVos’ primary concern lays with philanthropy rather with play politics.

 

For those who are not familiar with the pair, Dick DeVos is an American businessman who is perhaps most widely known as the CEO of the health and beauty marketing company Amway. He is also one of the richest men in the entire United States of America with Forbes ranking him as the 67th richest individual in the nation. Betsy DeVos rose to prominence due to her vehement activism surrounding school choice and voucher programs and is currently best known as the United States Secretary of Education under the Trump Administration.

 

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