It is very true that the Dick DeVos family has been getting a lot of critics and at the same time attention from the public for their donation in politics. But the truth is the political funds cannot be compared to the amount of money they have been contributing in support of charity in the nation. The amount the couple has been donating to charity can add up to $139 million.
Betsy Devos was nominated as the education secretary of the United States, and during her vetting process, the vetting team wanted to know the source of money that Betsy and her husband has been donating. It was clear that the donations come from their Family Foundation. During the vetting, Betsy told the panel that in 2015 alone their Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donated about $11.6million in support of their generous contribution and $5.3 million in their campaign donations over the past five years.
The DeVos family is known for its contributions in both politics and the community. They have been great players in support of the Republican Party starting with Rich DeVos who is Dick’s father. Rick is the co-founder of Amway Corporation. Rich DeVos has taught his children to give, and they once contributed $104 million in philanthropic donation in 2015. This donation gave the DeVos family to be listed among the great contributors in the United States of America. According to a report released by the Forbes, the family is number 24 in the list of the most American’s givers. Using the report by Forbes the family has contributed $1.33 billion which is estimated to be about $5.3 billion of their fortune. Elizabeth Prince also comes from a charitable and political givers family. Betsy’s father Edgar Prince was a political giver who also supported the Republican Party.
Dick and Betsy Devos donate towards the support of education in the nation, and their giving is a clear indication of how the Michigan couple value education. In 2015 only they gave about $3million in the education sector and the organizations which support education in the nation. Dick said that their giving has considerably improved the education system in the United States of America. The Michigan family decided to invest in the education industry because they released that the system was not fulfilling and only those with money in the nation got quality education. They decided to establish the school choice program to support children from low-income families. The program continuous to grow, and being backed by a significant number of people in the country.