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Dick DeVos Changing Lives in Michigan Through Philanthropy

One of the sad facts of the American Republic is the loss of personal responsibility in our current generation. Highly successful businessmen like Dick DeVos regret that many youth do not grow up with positive role models to guide their personal and career development. Dick DeVos has dedicated his life to helping make sure that those who are under served in education and business are given quality opportunities to succeed. Dick has experience with global issues, having served as Amway International’s Vice President. Dick DeVos has served on many organizational boards, including RDV Corporation, Willow Creek Association, Spectrum Health System, and Thunderbird School of Global Management.

 

The objective by the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is to be a catalyst for other organizations that are not receiving the funding they need to revitalize the Michigan economy. Organizations like the Boy Scouts of America can be a positive influence in the lives of youth who want to grow up to be responsible adults who care for their communities. Dick DeVos’ father, Richard M. DeVos, outlined two important values that can help America become better, God and free enterprise, in his book Believe!

 

After the tragic recession that occurred in 2008, there is a deep need for the wealthy of America to unite and help those who cannot pay their daily bills. One of the core problems in America today is the corruption found in the teacher’s unions, who are often self-serving. In a 2002 speech, Dick DeVos described his frustration with the arrogant nature of the American education establishment. DeVos is particularly concerned that many parents of children are not trying to change the outcomes of their child’s education through voter activism.

 

Dick DeVos has used the family fortune to help fix downtown Grand Rapids Michigan. Some of the character values that Dick DeVos emphasizes for having a healthy personal philosophy are compassion, fairness, honesty, humility, moral courage, self-discipline, and thoughtfulness.

 

It is these core moral virtues that DeVos feels could transform America. The cultural problem is that many Americans are biased, deceptive, proud, cowardly, lazy, and inconsiderate. This is partly because they had no good role models in their early years to teach them differently. DeVos wants to help American youth by transforming their education. He has devoted a lot of his family fortune to getting charter school measures on the ballot. The goal of Dick DeVos is to see charter schools transforming student outcomes through greater freedom.