Ever since Dick and Betsy DeVos embarked upon their quest to bring education reform to as many young people in the U.S. as possible in the 1970s the couple have remained active in almost every aspect of this movement to create a better educational experience. Although I was aware of the work Betsy and Dick DeVos have undertaken as leaders in the education reform movement I was shocked to read in an interview with Philanthropy Roundtable how the couple are willing to get their hands dirty at grass roots level to bring success to the education reform movement. Betsy DeVos explained the success of the education reform program in the state of Louisiana had originally been opposed by many members of the state board of education and forced Dick DeVos to fund ad campaigns and parent awareness nights during the one week window permitted to sign up for school choice and voucher systems.
I have personally been aware of Dick DeVos since he took control of the international business side of his family’s AmWay Group and led the department from providing just five percent of the revenue of the company to more than 50 percent is just a few short years. The business success I have watched Dick DeVos enjoy has been accompanied by a large amount of philanthropic work that often goes unnoticed as we focus on the political work of Dick DeVos. Looking at the Wikipedia page of Dick DeVos shows me the Northwood University graduate supports a number of charitable activities, including a large level of arts funding that often trickles down to the people of his home state of Michigan that has benefited greatly from the support of Dick DeVos.