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Philanthropist Dick DeVos, a Man who Truly Loves Children

Posted by SS Admin on August 10, 2016 in Philanthropic Leaders |

For many Americans, Dick DeVos is not a stranger. He has ventured in many fields with tremendous success, which makes him a bit of a public figure. A graduate of Northwood University, DeVos began his career in 1974 as lower cadre employee of Amway rising to become the vice president of the company in 1984.

Later, in 1991, he became president of a basketball franchise in Orlando before returning to Amway as president in 1993. Moreover, he has held various high profile posts in different institutions. It worth mentioning that in addition to his enviable accomplishments, he is a family man married to Betsy DeVos with whom he has four children and two grandchildren.

What amazes me is the generous heart of DeVos. Together with his wife, they started a family foundation of which he serves as the president. Through it, he has donated a lot of money to religious, civic, educational and artistic causes since 1990. Over twenty institutions have benefited from his foundations’ grants.

Of particular importance is his passion for children. In addition to supporting children from less privileged backgrounds access quality education, he has started an aviation academy in West Michigan. The idea was motivated by his combined love for children and aviation. DeVos is a qualified aircraft pilot. To ensure as many children as possible attend the school, he made sure that it got registered as a public school. He says that he would like children to fly and feel as good as he does when he flies, an experience that will broaden their view of the world.

In addition to starting a school and even mentoring kids in various other schools, DeVos recognizes that there are many more who may not be reached by his support. He, however, would love to see all children get a quality education just as his own. To realize this vision, he started a movement dubbed All Children Matter which advocated for the need to enable parents choose schools for their children.

The initiative was in recognition of the fact that public schools offer poor quality education making kids from low-income families whose parents cannot afford private tuition fees to fail in their exams and live a life below their potential. The movement has since borne fruits with some states including Florida, Louisiana, and Indiana adopting programs that enable poor parents to choose schools for their kids, just like their affluent counterparts. As a result, millions of children have benefited, and millions more are set to take advantage as the program spreads to more states.

Surely DeVos love for poor children is clearly evident in his multidimensional initiatives that he champions, just to see them enjoy quality education. Further information about him can be accessed at: Wikipedia

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