Dick and Betsy DeVos have over the years attracted a lot of public attention based on their noble giving. Most people complain about the couple’s political giving acts, forgetting that the couple gives more in charity organizations than in politics. Most of the critics assume that Dick and Betsy DeVos give to bribe, forgetting charitable donations have no political influence.
Dick and Betsy DeVos borrowed their giving acts from their parents, who were also highly influential in the political realm. Case in point, Rich DeVos, Dick’s dad, entered the Forbes list of highest givers in 2015 when his donations totaled to $104 million. Additionally, even in previous years, Rich gave for political and charity reasons, as shown in the national history records. In a similar manner, Edgar, Betsy’s dad was a famous giver in Holland as he was an influential industrialist. Therefore, one concludes giving is in Dicks and Betsy’s genes and cannot be muted.
Dick and Betsy DeVos do not give haphazardly. Instead, they are focused towards making changes in institutions and systems, which they do not like. The couple specifically focuses on improving the education sector. In an interview conducted by the BBC, Dick stated that they noticed a loophole in the American education system that denied some kids the achievement of the American dream. Dick said that the children who came from the wrong zip codes ended up missing opportunities because of the poor education system. Consequently, the couple gives to Vouchers and Charter schools so that the institutions can address the issues that are ignored in the public schools. In so doing, Dick and Betsy DeVos assume that the public schools will borrow a leaf from these schools and also transform. Statistics show that the couple gave more than $3 million to education related courses and added an additional $357, 000 to education reform groups.
Albeit the family has always given, Betsy’s nomination in a political position raised more scrutiny to the family’s giving. Their assets were reviewed and they await a hearing in the near future concerning their assets. However, the couple has come up strongly defending their giving as more charitable than political.
Dick DeVos makes changes
Dick has great leadership qualities as he easily influences people to follow in his direction. As a result, he has severally been referred to as a change leader. An example of his high influence was felt when he took over the family business Army Corp as CEO in 1993. It was immediately after his assumption of office that he formed the Action Group of business leaders. The group gave life to the society as it helped in the construction of many institutions such as Michigan State University, the DeVos Place Convention Center and Van Andel Arena.