Dick DeVos and wife Betsy are well known philanthropist, dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for all, especially children. Betsy is a reformer who has lead several campaigns and political parties and organizations. She spent six years as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and currently serves as chairman of the Windquest Group, a clean energy company founded by the couple in 1989. She is involved in a variety of non-profit organizations and is also the chairman and co-founder of the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation.
Philanthropy Roundtable had the pleasure of recently chatting with Betsy about her contribution to the reform of education. DeVos states that she feels that the movement has made great progress and the number of students enrolled in educational choice programs saw a significant increase. The compassionate duo began their journey roughly 30 years ago when their children were of school age. They frequented Potters House Christian School and met parents and families from several different backgrounds. all with one common goal. They noticed how passionate these parents were about placing their child in the safest and student focused learning centers, and for some, the financial sacrifice was unbearable.
Betsy and Dick decided to reach out and help these families by assisting with the cost of tuition. Initially, they helped small families privately, but quickly began to make contributions to a significant amount of the student body. The couple has since been committed to helping parents and low income families get the education they deserve, regardless of their ability to pay.
Dick DeVos is a successful businessman and dedicated philanthropist. He is the president of the Dick and Betsy DeVos foundation, an organization that financially supports religious, educational and other similar organizations. In 2008, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Scholarship was established to support students at Thunderbird School of Global Management in earning their MA, MS, or MBA. Dick DeVos has spent millions of dollars toward the betterment of the community on the form of healthcare, art and education; He was presented with the Spectrum Health Foundation for his commitment to philanthropy and his selfless contributions not only to his community, but for his contributions worldwide.