Discovering Dick DeVos Philanthropic Efforts

Dick DeVos is an astute businessman, and he is based in Michigan, USA. Initially, he served as the director of a distribution company for consumer goods from 1993 to 2002. In his early years, he attended the Forest Hill School. He later joined Northwood University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also attended the Harvard Business School and the Wharton School’s executive learning program. In his academic life, he has managed to receive various awards, which include the honorary doctorates from the Grove City College, Central Michigan University, and the Northwood University.

DeVos began his working life at Amway Corporation in 1974, and he managed to deliver in various capacities while dealing in different sections. Some of the departments he worked in included the research and development, sales, finance, and manufacturing. He got promoted to be the vice president of the company in 1984 where he was to head operations in 18 countries.

Because of his persistence, hard work, and dedication, the company experienced massive growth, which led to the opening of new markets which he details in his NY Times Bestselling Book. The global expansion made it easy for the firm to triple its sales volume in comparison to domestic sales. This was a great achievement considering it was the first time the company has experienced such an increase in sales in its operating history.

The DeVos family bought the Orlando Magic basketball association. DeVos now started performing his duties as the president of the team. He did not work with the team for long as he left to rejoin the family corporation of Amway’s. While working as the president of the business, he extended the firm’s operations to various countries covering six continents.

Dick also works as the director of the Dick and Betsy Devos Foundation. The foundation is actively involved in humanitarian activities, and it has been able to donate thousands of dollars to religious, civic, artistic, educational, and economic organizations. Some of the institutions that have benefited from the foundation include the West Michigan Aviation Academy, Kid’s Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church, Grand Rapids Christian Schools, the Education Freedom Fund, Calvin College, and the Willow Creek Association among many others. DeVos is an airplane and helicopter pilot himself as you can see in the video below where he demonstrates his skills for students in downtown Grand Rapids.

Not long ago, the foundation made some donations to the Kennedy Center Performing Arts. The $1 million contributions were supposed to help the center in its development of new projects, which included the creation of a rehearsal and educational space.