For the family of the DeVos, business and entrepreneurship run in the veins. The family line has been dedicated mainly to the corporate sector, and most family members are owners of at least one business.
Mr. Richard ”Dick” DeVos started doing business in the year 1974, and he has been doing business ever since. Mr. Richard DeVos put a start to his business career with the creation of Amway Corporation in partnership with another family member. His grandfather is one of the most prominent businessmen in the DeVos family. The Amway Corporation was created in the distribution sector working with all industries to distribute products and other services. Mr. Richard DeVos started out at a lower rank while his grandfather who had a lot more experience with business and leadership assumed the position of president of the Amway Corporation. In 1984, Mr. Richard DeVos received a promotion a leadership position – the one of Vice President. He had many responsibilities at the position, but the primary one was to look after the smoothness of the company’s operation. At the time, the Amway Corporation consisted of 18 offices which were located in 18 countries including the United States of America. Mr. Richard DeVos coordinated the eighteen offices and overlooked their progress and overall performance and efficiency.
The Windquest Group was the second venture in the career of Mr. Richard DeVos. It works with storage units and is currently chaired by his wife – Betsy DeVos. After some years, Mr. Richard DeVos had to assume the highest position at the Amway Corporation. He had to juggle both Windquest Group and the Amway Corporation. After some years, Alticor Corporation purchased the Amway Corporation which brought positive changes to the latter as the Amway Corporation established new offices in about fifty more countries. In 2002, he decided to focus on his personal company – the Windquest group and so Mr. Richard DeVos stepped away from his position at the Amway Corporation.
Along with business, Mr. Richard DeVos is also heavily involved in philanthropy work. Dick and his wife Betsy DeVos have been one of the most prominent couples in the past few decades when it comes to charitable work. Betsy DeVos is from a family that is known for their generous donations to different charities. The couple has donated a few billion dollars so far. The two also donated to charities as individuals. About twenty years ago, Mr. Richard DeVos and Betsy DeVos created a foundation to support charities even further. They called it The Dick and Betsy Family Foundation and directed it towards supporting arts, education, and social charities, among else. The Dick and Betsy Family Foundation has been at the forefront of philanthropy over the past couple of years.
It is in my opinion that Betsy DeVos is a highly qualified candidate for Secretary of Education for the Trump Administration. I don’t feel that all the negative press she has had to endure is justified or grounded on by any logic. I feel that she should be given a fair chance to prove her worth and that she will fully fulfill her responsibilities and goals.
Betsy DeVos is a member of the Republican Party and has a lengthy background for advocating for new education policies, which includes the school vouchers for private schools. Through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation she has donated $139 million collectively over the years since its establishment in 1989. These contributions focus primarily on furthering education, community, arts, leadership and justice for institutions such as: hospitals, health research, art organizations, evangelical missions, Christian schools and conservative, free market think-tanks. I believe these philanthropic actions could be the proper structure the education system may need to bring up the graduation rate and lower the drop-out rate. Visit their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org
DeVos is a member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education which is known for introducing policy changes to the current school system since 2007. Devos has also served for the Alliance for School as well as the Action Institute; she currently heads the All Children Matter political action committee. These organizations aim to “promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.” I feel that bringing back Judaeo-Christian morals to the school system will be a boon to the free market while lowering the vile corruption of corporations in the future for our children.
I feel that the people of this nation knows that something is wrong with the current school system and they feel that is just the way it is and cannot be changed, but if we just give Betsy DeVos a chance, she might be able bring back some faith into the schools and students. It seems that the current system just churns out our children for the future potential gains and does not focus on building and shaping children into being individuals that are capable of free thought. DeVos has a long, arduous road ahead of her if she is to revitalize the school system, we should not be an added obstacle when we haven’t allowed her to perform at her optimal level.
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Betsy DeVos is the wife of billionaire Dick DeVos and she has been involved with politics for over thirty years. Since her college years, she has been actively campaigning for a variety of issues and political candidates. She has served on a number of political action committees as well as serving as the Michigan Republican Party’s chairman for six years. Her husband ran for Governor of Michigan in 2006 but lost the election.
Betsy and Dick DeVos created the Windquest Group in 1989. The company invests in a variety of ventures including clean energy, technology, and manufacturing. Betsy DeVos currently serves as Chairman of the firm. Betsy DeVos also serve in several capacities to benefit non-profit organizations. Both Betsy and Dick DeVos has a wide range of interests that they provide services and funds for including art, education, and social reform. In a recent interview, Betsy DeVos goes into detail regarding how she became so involved in education charity work. She remembers speaking with parents that were making huge sacrifices trying to be able to afford tuition for their children to attend school. She realized that her family could send her children to any school without an issue but other families could not. That is when she knew she should help. Dick DeVos is completely on board with that sentiment and he also goes out of his way to help make sure that children get the education that they deserve.
Dick DeVos has devoted a great deal of his adult life to his various philanthropies. He and his wife both are heavily involved with education reform and donate a great deal of time and effort trying to get new initiatives passed so that children in certain areas of concern can continue to grow on par with other sections of the country with better education systems. Dick DeVos also heavily contributes to art preservation. He donated millions to museums in Texas as well as donating art from his own collection.
In his their lifetime, Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy have donated over $1.2 billion to charitable causes and various philanthropies all over the country. They have stated that they feel it is their duty to use their money to help society in general because they have the ability to do so.