Dick DeVos: Dedicated to Donation and Education

Dick DeVos and his wife, Betsy, have been making national headlines in lieu of Betsy DeVos’ appointment as the 11th U.S. Secretary of Education. However, the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan and its surrounding areas have benefitted from the DeVos’ charitable contributions and philanthropy for many years. In fact, over their lifetimes, the couple has given a total of almost $139 million to charity, $11.6 million of which was given in 2015 alone. Furthermore, out of the DeVos family’s estimated $5.2 billion amassed fortune, the extended family has given about $1.33 billion in charitable contributions.

 

As many are now aware, the DeVos family’s philanthropy is predominantly focused on education. 26% of the charitable income Dick and Betsy DeVos gave in 2015 went to education. Dick and Betsy DeVos are firm proponents of charter schools and the voucher system and believe that children deserve more quality educations that what public schools can provide for them.

 

Dick DeVos began working at Amway Corporation in 1974 and was its CEO from 1993 to 2002. When, in 1991, DeVos began to rally against the idea of having a major sports arena in downtown Grand Rapids, the locations that arose in response to his protest revived the struggling city and helped make it into the blossoming metropolitan center it is today. Additionally, he has provided funding for ArtPrize, an annual art competition that has taken place in Grand Rapids since 2009 and has contributed to the revitalization of the downtown area. As a pilot, DeVos helped fund the West Michigan Aviation Academy, per a suggestion made to him by Betsy. The school has been open since the fall of 2010 and had an enrollment count of almost 400 students in the 2013-2014 school year.

 

Betsy DeVos is not the only member of this powerhouse couple that has a vested interest in politics. Dick DeVos ran for Governor of Michigan against Jennifer Granholm in 2006 and, six years later in 2012, drafted the law that made Michigan a right-to-work state. Although Dick DeVos lost to the incumbent Granholm in the 2006 election, he has maintained a presence in Michigan politics. After donating $200,000 to the PAC that opposed the 2008 Michigan Proposal 08-2 (which proposed to amend Michigan’s Constitution in an effort to remove stem cell research restrictions), DeVos has been busy working as President of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. He also frequently engages in civic leadership. Of course, most currently, Dick DeVos has been busy supporting his wife Betsy as she takes on tasks assigned to her as the United States Secretary of Education.

 

Eric Pulier, The World’s Techno-philanthropist

Eric Pulier is from Teaneck, New Jersey and studied graduated from Harvard University with a BA in 1984. He has an impressive resume including being a published writer, in Forbes magazine; a successful entrepreneur, having founded several successful companies; working for President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, Mr. Pulier set up and ran “Bridge to the 21st Century” a commemoration of their second inauguration.

What stands out in Eric Pulier’s biography is his approach to philanthropy (See more information here). He has a particular knack for giving back using a technological approach. When Mr. Pulier was younger he created a multimedia training program for the Multiple Sclerosis Society to help people learn more about their devastating disease. Mr. Pulier went on to be the founding donor of the ACE Foundation, an organization that concentrates on molding how software is created and used to help solve the world’s most urgent challenges. Eric Pulier has helped children with chronic illnesses by donating capital supporting Starlight Foundation which links hospitals using a virtual environment. He is currently a financial donor to X-Prize, the exciting non-profit that holds competitions to create technology for the greater good. See: http://findbuckeyehouses.com/eric-pulier-and-the-board-of-innovation-of-x-prize/

Eric Pulier’s constant coupling of technology and philanthropy is an exciting and needed undertaking. This guarantees that with the lightning-quick growth of technology there will be advances in solving the challenges we face in the world. With these charitable endeavors and his many other philanthropic activities and accomplishments, Pulier is a techno-philanthropist helping change the world for the better, one gigabyte at a time.

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Dick DeVos Provides A Shining Example

There are many topics that can generate a deep discussion between people. One of these topics is education. Over the years education has been a topic that many people have discussed. In addition, many people have various thoughts and opinions regarding the state of education. Some people think that education is fine while other people think that there are severe problems with education.

In the end, children are the ones who benefit the most from education or suffer the most because of education. In many ways, the perspective on educations depends on the viewpoint of the people looking at education. For people of wealth, social status, or considerable means, education may look one way. However, for people living in poverty or just barely above water, education can look totally different.

In a recent interview with Philanthropy Roundtable, Betsy DeVos gave her feelings on various education related topics. The interview covered many topics pertaining to education. Betsy DeVos provided answers to each question. The answered were in-depth and expressed her thoughts about the current state of education.

While Betsy DeVos is able to provide a quality education for her children based on her social, economic, and financial situation, she expressed many times during the interview that all children deserve a quality education. I believe that Betsy DeVos did a good job expressing her concerns and thoughts regarding education.

Dick DeVos is married to Betsy DeVos. Both have strong thoughts regarding subjects such as education. Dick DeVos is a shining example of a man who has done well for himself and his family, but he strives to make life better for others. Mr. DeVos gives tirelessly of his time and personal resources to make the lives of others better in many ways.

Dick DeVos is an executive who has held high positions in various companies such as Amway and the Orlando Magic. He has made a name for himself by helping companies improve under his leadership. His professional resume has many noteworthy accomplishments that have helped Dick DeVos to achieve wealth, influence, and status in his chosen profession.

Dick DeVos  is a special man because serving others is a special quality. He is able to remove the professional side of himself and just serve others. Through charitable giving of his time and money, Dick DeVos is making a difference in the lives of many people.