The Michigan based business leader Dick DeVos is best known to me as the head of the AmWay group and as a political donor to conservative causes; however, an interview I read with Dick’s wife Betsy published by the Philanthropy Roundtable revealed the couple are willing to cross the political spectrum to achieve their aims in terms of education reform in the U.S. Despite now being largely retired from his business dealings DeVos I was happy to discover Dick DeVos remains active in a wide variety of causes related to the educations reform he and wife Betsy began publicizing over 30 years ago. Standing up for a cause one believes in can often be difficult when the political beliefs of others do not gel with ones own, but I was pleased to read Betsy’s answer to questions about political leanings included her thoughts that allowing children the best possible education was more important than any political position she and Dick may have. I was also pleased to read that Dick and Betsy DeVos work away from the limelight in their bed to aid education reform, including providing funds to publicize deadlines and availability for school vouchers and choice options around the country community members may not be aware of.
Dick DeVos first came to my attention for his political activities and because of the education reform cause he took up in Florida, which is a long way from his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After first hearing about Dick DeVos I decided to find out more about him and discovered he had been a business leader in a number of different industries from the NBA to his family business of the AmWay Group; despite the impressive achievements he has stacked up in the business world I was more impressed by his commitment to community and non profit groups across the U.S. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has been prominent in providing opportunities for people around the world, including a scholarship for students from developing countries who wish to study business at the Thunderbird School of Business. Other charitable areas of community work Dick DeVos has impressed me with include his leadership of the Willow Creek Association, which looks to lead the people of the U.S. back to the moral values the American dream was built on.