Dick DeVos is a man who has been truly blessed with success. He started his professional life with Amway, his father’s direct sales company, and worked his way up the ranks till he was chairman of the organization. In 1991 he became president and CEO of the Orlando Magic basketball franchise a position in which he served for more than two years until he returned to Amway to serve as president. In the time since he has led the company to record profits and global expansion that has been unrivaled by other firms in the same market. With all of this success, DeVos has been able to secure a bright future for not only his family and employees but also for the world at large. Dick DeVos believes in not only succeeding in the boardroom, but in the philanthropic arena as well.
In 1989 along with his wife Betsy, Dick DeVos founded The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The foundation addresses a wide variety of passions from the DeVos family and serves non-profit and community outreach organizations and movements spanning education, community, arts, justice, and leadership. The organization receives more than 500 requests for funding each year, and approves approximately 10 new organizations into the ranks of partnership. Most of the organizing partners have been with them from the early days and all organizations that receive funding are clearly aligned with the foundation’s areas of interests and guiding principles. It is this careful duration of partners that has made the DeVos foundation one of the most respected philanthropic organizations in America today.
Current recipients include organizations such as ArtPrize, The Potters House, and West Michigan Aviation Academy. Dick and Betsy Devos through the foundation help organizations all over the world, but most of their efforts are concentrated in the greater Michigan area. The have the belief that helping change the world starts with helping to change your own backyard.
Dick DeVos is a man who has worked his whole life to foster an environment for success for his family, his companies and his community. Through his foundation is he gives back to the world that has given him and Betsy so much. It is this spirit of giving that he has instilled into the next generations of the DeVos family, with the couple’s four children and two grandchildren already learning the value of giving back and getting ready to take over the reins of the foundation to continue its good works for many years to come.