The first member of the DeVos family I became aware of was Dick DeVos, who became President of AmWay in 1993 after a short, but successful stint as the President of the Orlando Magic NBA franchise; DeVos has become a major part of the philanthropy scene in the U.S. through his devotion to the cause of education reform in many different areas of the U.S.
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An interview with Betsy DeVos in the Philanthropy Roundtable details the work she and her husband, Dick have completed to make sure as many families as possible have access to the best educational options available. Both Dick and Betsy DeVos have both been major donor’s to the Republican party, but have made sure their educational reform options have crossed party lines to take in lawmakers from each and every political party. Dick and Betsy DeVos have also made sure the work they have completed continues when new laws have been passed; the work continues with marketing options paid for by the DeVos family to make sure as many members of communities featuring school choice know of deadlines and their rights as possible.
Dick DeVos has always maintained an interest in the local community of Grand rapids, Michigan the DeVos family have always called home; DeVos has completed many programs in the area designed to aid the local community, including his work with the Grand Action Plan and improvements being made in the airline industry in the area. This devotion to Grand Rapids is something I have always been impressed by and can be seen in his work with his of Windquest Group, which is an investment company DeVos has used to back local businesses he feels are in need of support and an injection of funding, according to Wikipedia.