Family Tradition Of Giving Back To The Community Continues for Generations
The DeVos family has a rich history of giving back to the community through various philanthropic endeavors. In addition to being a leading philanthropic family in the United States, the DeVos family has helped encourage other prominent families in the country and well to do businessmen to support the arts, education, non-profits, and organizations that aid the poor. Amway founder Rich DeVos has in essence set a precedent for his sons to continue the DeVos family legacy of continuing to aid those less fortunate and to be a supporter of educational and artistic endeavors.
Just how much money has the DeVos family donated to charitable causes so far? In total according to a report conducted by Forbes Magazine the family has donated a whopping $1.2 billion dollars in its lifetime to charitable organization. In 2014, the family donated $94 million to various charitable causes and organizations. This put the DeVos family at number 20, on the most philanthropic organizations for that year.
I certainly applaud the DeVos family and their generous contributions to charities, educational institutions, the arts and scientific advancements. The DeVos family, however is just not content at being generous donors and supports themselves. They encourage others to donate money and time to non-profits. This is commendable action, and I believe shows just how generous and philanthropic the DeVos family is.
With Amway Founder Rich DeVos becoming an elder figure, it will be up to figures like his son Dick DeVos to guide the family in business endeavors and their charitable organizations in the future. Dick has certainly followed the precedent set by his father in being not only an accomplished businessman, but a generous supporter of the arts and education.
Recently, DeVos donated $1 million dollars for an expansion project occurring at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. The billionaire however likes to be grounded and close to his Grand Rapids, Michigan home. There Mr. DeVos and his family are major figures in rebuilding Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dick donates to educational institutions, universities and scientific studies dealing with water pollution in his hometown of Grand Rapids and the Western, Michigan area. He uses his personal social media to herald local people and businesses in their trials and successes, and was exceedingly grateful when his community thanked him for his philanthropy.
The DeVos family has become an influential family and social circle in Western Michigan. Dick is continuing his family’s strong philanthropic effort by helping build and expand hospitals in his hometown, and promote education there as well. The Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation remain stalwart supporters of numerous educational programs throughout Michigan and the USA, and their support will not be fading anytime soon. I find the actions of Dick DeVos very inspiring in that he continues to remain close to his hometown, and be a major figure there despite his immense wealth and ability to just go live out his life somewhere else.
Read more about DeVos on his Wikipedia page to get his full history and career details.