Anyone who closely follows politics will already know that Dick DeVos and the DeVos family are leading contributors to conservative causes and organizations, but a closer look reveals an incredibly wide scope of philanthropy from DeVos and his respected family to the tune of over 200 million into key Christian and conservative institutions. This puts the DeVos family amongst the top benefactors of the conservative and christian community, giving other major contributors such as the Kochs, the Coorses, and the Bradleys a run for their money.
The Billionaire that Gives Back
As the co-founder of Amway, DeVos has used his billions to fund anti-tax and union efforts and has been a mainstay at the Koch brothers’ famous and secretive donor summits. DeVos has contributed to a wide range of key conservative organizations, including Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation, and the Moral Majority started by Jerry Falwell. DeVos and his family certainly cannot be accused of hoarding their millions, regularly contributing to political think tanks, policy groups, and other conservative causes.
Although the DeVos family is already known as a top contributor to conservative causes, the sheer number of different organizations they have donated to, as well as the total amount of funds contributed, is staggering.
A Storybook Career
The career of Dick DeVos thus far reads like a fantasy for any businessman. DeVos has functioned at an executive level at Amway and for the the Orlando Magic, and currently serves as President of The Windquest Group.
From 1993 to 2002 DeVos served as President at Amway, entitled with direct responsibility for all operations spanning six continents and 50 countries and recording up to 4.5 billion in reported sales per fiscal year. Prior to taking on the President role, DeVos had served as the Vice President of the organization, overseeing operations in 18 countries and tripling international sales to exceed North American sales for the first time in Amway’s history. DeVos also famously served as President and CEO of the Orlando Magic from 1991 to 1993.
DeVos has also been incredibly active in an impressive range of community initiatives, including starting the Education Freedom Fund which awarded underprivileged Michigan children over 4,000 scholarships, and the West Michigan Aviation Academy. He also serves on the State Board of Education.
Extremely dedicated to local Michigan initiatives, DeVos has headed up a wide variety of organizations dedicated to benefiting the Grand Rapids area, including downtown revitalization and regional health care improvements. DeVos dedicated 75 million to the downtown arena, 212 million to the convention center, 130 million to the heart hospital, 90 million to the medical school, and 30 million to the Downtown Market. He was the Republican candidate for Governor of Michigan in 2006, and published a New York Times best-selling book, “Rediscovering American Values”, in 1997.