Many people know Dick DeVos as the husband of Betsy DeVos, who has been politically active since she was in college. But I am well aware that reforming tendency is a part of their family. It was in 2006 that Dick DeVos has stood for elections for the Governor of Michigan. He was the Republican nominee.
Dick DeVos has always looked for innovative solutions in business as well as in politics. He had founded the Windquest Group along with his wife in 1989. I know it to be a privately held group that is investing in varied fields that include technology, manufacturing, along with clean energy. Dick DeVos is well-known as was the former president of Amway. In addition, he has been the former president of Orlando Magic NBA franchise.
But I also know Dick DeVos for his various nonprofit roles. He is heading the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. His charitable interests are varied.
He had paid a visit to the Potter’s House Christian School along with his wife when their kids were young enough. This place had been serving many low-income families for the past 30 years. This was when they met those parents who had been trying very hard to provide a safe, learning environment to their kids.
This made him go back to the place again and again, along with his wife. He had ample resources to send his kids to whichever school he wanted. But he saw that there were other parents who were trying very hard to do so. This was when they decided to support some individual students at this school. Slowly, it turned into a much larger commitment. Even today, Dick DeVos supports the Potter’s House significantly.
I realized that all this had a major impact on Dick DeVos. He along with Betsy became increasingly committed to helping parents who came from low-income families. They wanted them to be able to choose the right school for their kids as that would have been fair.
Dick DeVos decides to run for the State Board of Education. He got elected to the Board in Michigan in 1990. He also started a foundation. This was giving scholarships to low-income families. This allowed parents to decide where they would send their kids for education. But they also realized that this was not the way to address the real problem. Hence he decided to get involved in the movement for choosing education.
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