The charitable giving of many U.S. based philanthropists is largely a closely guarded secret that is rarely revealed by those who are giving the largest amounts to the public. Rich DeVos of the AmWay Group has always been known as one of the world’s most compassionate business leaders because of his charitable giving, but his son Dick has now joined him as one of the most respected and important charitable figures in the world; now ranked 20th on the Forbes Top 50 list of philanthropists in the U.S. the DeVos family have finally revealed the full extent of their charitable giving.
Dick DeVos made his way to the board of the AmWay Group founded by his father Rich in 1984 after spending the previous decade working in various parts of the AmWay Group to gain an overview of the company as a whole. Leading the foreign investment arm of the company proved Dick DeVos was the man to take over as CEO in the 1990s. DeVos oversaw a prolonged period of growth for the company that included the foreign portions of the company’s revenue tripling over the time he was in charge.
The DeVos family are often most associated with their political activities aimed at conservative groups within the U.S. and the close links the family have with a number of educational groups; however, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has been working in many other areas of the philanthropic world of Michigan and the U.S. as a whole. Over the course of recent years a number of arts programs in Western Michigan have benefited from the support of Dick and Betsy Devos. Some of the largest donations made by Dick Devos have also provided support for the Kennedy Center for the Arts, which went as far as to name an arts management institute on its site after the supporter of free market economics.