A GLANCE INTO THE CHARITY WORKS OF DICK DEVOS

Dick Devos began his education at the Forest Hill Public school. He went on to attend the University of Northwood. Dick and his wife Betsy have been married for three Decades now. They have been blessed with one son and two Daughters; all of them are married now.
Mr. Devos began his career in 1974 working for the Amway Corporation. In 1984 he was appointed the Vice President of Amway. During his time as the Vice President, he expanded the corporation to have branches in 18 different countries. He left in 1991 for Orlando Magic Basketball Franchise. He worked there for a two and a half years as the franchise’s President. He then returned to his first company in 1993 to become its Head. He helped increase sales and profit. Dick has also won the National Sailor Championship two times. He is a professional plane aircraft and a jet pilot. He has attended both Harvard and Wharton.
Dick Devos is one of the Chairpersons of Grand Action. He is also a member of the board of several organizations like RDV Corporation, Spectrum Health System, Willow Creek Association, Thunderbird School of Global Management, the West Michigan Aviation Academy, and the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan.
In his position as the president of Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, he has always donated financially to artistic, civic, religious, community, educational and economic companies all through the 90s. Some of the organizations that have benefited from the Dick and Betsy Foundation include the Helen Devos Children’s Hospital, Kids Hope USA, and the Mars Hill Bible Church among many others.
In 2010, Dick and his wife Betsy donated $22.5 million to Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management. It was then renamed to become the Devos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. This donation was the biggest personal donation from the Devos. Part of this donation will be devoted to reviving the terminal art groups in Michigan.
In the year 2008, the Devos family founded the Dick & Betsy Scholarship. This scholarship was meant to help new MBA, MS and MA students joining the Thunderbird School of Global Management, especially students from developing countries.
Many philanthropists have always supported the Kennedy Center. The Center was established in 1971. Among them is the Dick and Betsy Foundation. They have a hope of expanding the Kennedy Center by 2018. This campaign began back in 2013 with an aim to raise about $100 to $125 million. Due to hiccups with the legal planning firms, the expansion cost has risen to $119.5million.

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