The DeVos family has a history of giving and donating to worthy causes. A recent conversation between a member of the family Rich DeVos and Leslie Tassell give insight into their mindset. DeVos was quoted as saying “you look like a million dollars,” when speaking to Tassell recently. The line was a signal for Tassell to donate a million dollars to a cause the Rich DeVos was supporting. This is quite a large donation for any person, but actions like this are business as usual for the DeVos family.
A recent report by Forbes gives some insight into the family giving. For years the family has been tight lipped about just how much they actually give. In the past advised organizations not to discuss the gifts they had received from the family. $1.2 billion is the amount of lifetime giving that has been revealed recently. The Report also gives insight into the yearly giving amount by the family. According to recent reports the family gave $94 million total during 2014, $54 million of which stayed in the western Michigan area.
Family member Dick DeVos has been quite the philanthropist for many years. An entrepreneur,businessman and son of former Amway founder Rich DeVos, Dick has been making a name for himself for quite sometime. He was a member of the family business from an early age and served as the CEO of the company for more than a decade. He eventually became became President and CEO of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, also a family business. His career continued after his stay with the Magic and include a return to the family with Alticor and the eventual formation of The Windquest Group in the early 2000’s.
Just like his family, Dick DeVos has made a name for himself as a philanthropist. He serves as the president of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, an organization that gives thousands of dollars to various groups including civic, religious, and educational organizations. He works with a number of well known groups that include Mars Hill Bible Church, Potter’s House, Education Freedom Fund and Princeton University.
Clearly Dick DeVos and his family understand the responsibility of giving back that comes with great wealth. Part of their recent openness about their giving efforts is to motivate others to be as generous as possible.