For years, Betsy and Dick DeVos have garnered prominence for their massive contribution to politics. True as it may be, the couple has contributed more than twice the amount in charity than in politics. Before Betty’s appointment as the secretary for education, the wealthy couple announced their interest in letting the world know the exact amount of donations they have channeled through charity organizations. As the nominee for U.S.A. secretary of education, Betsy’s contributions to the society were being scrutinized before the 2016 elections.
According to the family organization reports, in 2015 the wealthy couple parted with $11.6 million towards charity. This is double the amount they contributed in politics in the past five years. The couple is a high profile family given that their parents were politicians in support of the Democrats. Dick’s dad is the co- founder of Amway. He has also been a big player of democrat’s politics with his aid in charity foundations totaling to over $104 million in 2015. Following the data Dick and Betsy DeVos provided for analysis, Forbes named them the lifetime givers after a remarkable contribution of $ 1.3 million towards education programs and charity in general. Betsy DeVos’ father Edgar Prince was an industrialist in Holland. His family was well known for participating in charity.
Contribution in Education
Dick and Betsy cherish education. They have massively contributed to the development of education programs. To them, America has not reached the peak in offering the best education systems. To provide the American dream education system, the couple has massively invested in contributing towards the cause. In 2015, they parted with $3 million to fund education. This is approximately 26% of their total contribution towards all programs in politics and charity in that year.
A definitive report on their spending indicates that they value education more. Asked to explain why large of their contribution goes to education, Betsy and Dick said that education was a problem in the civil rights docket. Most children could offer the best if provided with the right resources. The aim of the vouchers, as well as charter schools they have greatly invested in, is empowering teachers, students and administrators to offer quality learning skills in school. In 2013, there were approximately ten beneficiaries of the programs including Cinematic Arts College, Ferris University is Big Rapids, Detroit School of Charter and Potter’s House.
Dick’s Profile in Charity
Dick DeVos is a successful entrepreneur hailing from America. He commits to giving back to the society through his family foundation. His career dates back to 1974 when he was employed in Amway Corporation, a company co-founded by his father, Richard DeVos. He attended the University of Northwood and majored in business management.