Dick DeVos the Social Entrepreneur
There’s a great deal of satisfaction and fulfillment in philanthropy. Dick DeVos and his wife Elizabeth best compound this argument. They have worked tirelessly for over thirty years to build the capacity of their local communities.
They have dedicated their entire careers to the empowerment of underprivileged families in Michigan and beyond. A huge proportion of their efforts is directed at the education sector which badly needed reforms to address inequalities. The couple has become an authority in matters of philanthropy in the public policy making process.
Elizabeth DeVos reckons that lobbying support in such a sector requires lots of motivation and perseverance. One cannot give up or be intimidated by the politics of the day. In fact, Dick DeVos had to venture into politics to be in a better position to lobby support from stakeholders in the education sector. He served on the Education Board in Michigan and later vied for the state gubernatorial seat.
The couple has a massive following and public approval. It has taken many years to make progress in education reforms in the US. Today, Elizabeth chairs the American Federation for Children, a platform that promotes the reform agenda. They have been able to address inequalities in school-choice programs, school charters, and vouchers as well as tax credits to enable children to access private school facilities. They have made massive inroads over the past decade to the delight of the power couple. Read more at http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/topic/k_12_education/fighting_for_school_reform.
The family’s philanthropic nature is institutionalized in the Dick and Betsy DeVos family foundation. This organization relies heavily on the financial fortunes the family has acquired over the past decades. Dick and is wife acknowledge their responsibility to act as stewards of their family values and serve local communities. The organization works hand in hand with other community groups for development.
The DeVos family owns a network marketing company, Amway corporation that started under his father Richard Sr. Dick DeVos worked under his father for over a decade and became a principal authority in the enterprise. He also ushered the corporation into a new era of prosperity in international markets. The family also owns the Orlando Magic NBA team where Dick once spent a spell as President and CEO.
The couple has an impressive academic record and were active leaders in their college days. Together, they have earned honorary degree awards from various institutions for their commendable work and dedication.