Dick DeVos began his career in the world of business by serving as President of one the country’s most successful corporations and as Chief Executive Officer of one of the country’s most recognized sports teams. Since retiring he has dedicated himself to pursuing his passion in another important field: philanthropy. According to Inside Philanthropy one of the areas of philanthropy that DeVos has become a tireless champion of has been the movement for school choice through generous donations provided by his family foundation.
The school choice movement has sought to give parents greater input in the quality and type of education that their children receive. The movement has ensured that parents are not limited by geography in regards to choosing the educational institution that can best serve their child’s needs. Dick DeVos has worked to support the school choice movement and education in general by providing financial support to institutions and individuals that support school choice. This has included financial support of the Education Freedom Fund. According to Wikipedia, DeVos was once a chair of the Education Freedom Fund. The fund gave scholarships to poor families in the state of Michigan that enabled them to attend the schools that best met their educational needs.
The foundation has also supported organizations like the West Michigan Aviation Academy, the Potter’s House, the American Enterprise Institute and the Council for National Policy. Dick also runs the The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation with his wife. The foundation seeks to create change in the areas of justice, leadership, community, education and the arts.
Dick DeVos has sustained a lifelong interest in the world of business that began when he was a child. Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s DeVos witnessed firsthand the hard work and dedication that went into creating Amway, the phenomenally successful business that was co-founded by his father in 1959. Amway has developed networks of grassroots salespeople in the United States and around the world that provide consumers with products that include dietary supplements, products that enhance skincare, air and water purifiers and consumer electronics. Dick DeVos helped Amway become the business that it is today through the leadership positions that he held within the company. DeVos has served in the role of Vice President. He has also served as the President of Amway, that is until Dick decided to pursue his dream of owning his own business. As a Vice President he managed a portfolio that included oversight of a number of the firm’s international business operations. As President he helped the company bring in more than $4 billion in sales during his last year of service there.