Dick DeVos and Betsy DeVos have garnered a lot of attention and criticism due to their massive political donations. The political donations are pocket change if you compare them with the charitable donations they have made. It is estimated that they have contributed more than one hundred and thirty-nine million dollars so far. Betsy DeVos is the United States Education Secretary nominee thus her contributions to schools and Republican candidates are being thoroughly scrutinized before their court hearings on Wednesday. This is an act of lifting the veil on the multi-million philanthropic contributions channeled through their foundation.
According to the couple’s family foundation website, Dick and Betsy DeVos shelled out in excess of eleven and a half million dollars in charitable aids in 2015 alone. The previous five years before 2015, the couple had declared to the federal government for their vetting process that they had donated five million dollars to campaigns.
The couple hails from a long list of their family dynasty that has been major players in the Republican politics for more than a decade. Rich DeVos is the father of Dick DeVos and the co-founder of Amway. Rich DeVos and his four children shelled out one hundred and four million dollars in charitable aid in 2015 thus landing the high-profile family on the Forbes America’s Top Givers list. From the information provided by the family over the years, Forbes ranked the total DeVos family contribution to be around one point three billion dollars. The family is estimated to be worth five billion dollars hence they have donated about a quarter of their fortune. Betsy DeVos is the daughter of the famous Netherlands industrialist Edgar Prince. Edgar Prince family also has a good reputation due to their charitable and political givings.
In West Michigan, the wealthy are not characterized by the clothes they wear, the car they drive but the amount they donated. DeVos family’s one point three billion dollars lifetime donations have made them the front-runners. The couple has made education their major priority. In 2015 alone, they assigned in excess of three million dollars to educational factors. They also rewarded several groups supporting education reforms a lot of funds. In their recent interview with The Grand Rapids Press and MLive, DeVos explained that they realized that the modern day education system is not accomplishing the American dream. Their critics, however, argue that the charters and vouchers schools siphon the tax funds that are supposed to be utilized by traditional public schools. It is claimed that DeVos family contribute charitably so that they can follow their ideological program in education. This is promoting charters and voucher schools which are mostly run by non-profit co-corporations. Mark Brewer said that the donations are a diversion from their main intentions.