Dick DeVos Supports Education in a Big Way

Fort Lauderdale Yacht Club recently hosted the final two races the Melges 32 Lauderdale Cup and the three event Melges 32 Blue Water Series. Dick DeVos along with his Volpe team including Mark Mendelblatt, Scott Nixon, Sam Rogers, Drew weird to, Peter Kinney, Erika Reineke and Mike Hill won both the final event and the series. DeVos claimed that it was the best sailing he had ever done, as he complimented other teams including Argo, Delta, and team Hydra for a job well done. DeVos reiterates that the goal of this program is to give the younger kids on the teams, experience so that they can move on in the sport.

Dick DeVos along with his wife Betsy are co-chairman of the Education Freedom Fund which started in 1993. It provides private scholarships to low income families in Michigan, to send their children to the school of their choice. They have given money to groups like American Education Reform Council, Choices for Children and Children First America. In addition to their passion for giving to educational purposes, the DeVos family is also involved in political donations.  They have funded Christian schools in the Western Michigan area, as well. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has donated money to civic, artistic, religious, and community organizations in Michigan. Among the recipients are Kids Hope USA, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Mars Hill Bible Church, Potter’s House, Grand Rapids Christian schools, Rehoboth Christian School, Hope College, Calvin College and many others. In 2010, the foundation started West Michigan Aviation Academy. This is the first high school of its kind that incorporates the study of aviation into the high school curriculum. In 2010 the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation contributed over $22 million to the Kennedy Ctr. Institute of Arts Management. The center was later renamed DeVos Institute of Arts Management.

The DeVos Foundation has also been a supporter of organizations affiliated with the free market with Life Action Institute and the Heritage Foundation. Their scholarship programs support students entering MA, MS or MBA students at the Thunderbird school of Global Management. They especially support those from developing nations. They offer scholarships to students who want to earn a BBA or an MBA at Northwood University in Michigan. Dick DeVos has shared his wealth with many charities and community organizations primarily those who support the development of young people’s education. He and his wife plan to continue supporting these organizations and adding others as they see fit.

Check out DeVos on LinkedIn to learn more about his life and career.