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The Crain’s Report on Dick and Betsy DeVos

The Crain’s Detroit Business recently did an article article about Dick and Betsy DeVos and their dedication to the state of Michigan. Dick and Betsy DeVos are two individuals who both have lead highly successful personal and public lives. Dick DeVos inherited his family’s company and became CEO of Amway from 1993 to 2002. Presently, Betsy DeVos is serving as the Secretary of Education in the United States.



Sticking to Their Ethics

Dick and Betsy DeVos campaigned against a multipurpose sports and convention arena in Grand Rapids Michigan. They felt as if the arena would be detrimental for to city, and their campaigning led to the formation of Grand Action. This is a group of CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business leaders that helped with the construction of several facilities in the state of Michigan. These facilities included the DeVos Place Convention Center, and the Grand Rapids City Market at Michigan State University Medical School.


The Giving Spirit

Dick and Betsy DeVos are two individuals who have been dedicated to philanthropy for decades. They formed the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. Over the course of several years, this foundation has given away more than $130 million. This is a foundation that focused on health and human services, religion, and art and culture. Apart from that, Dick and Betsy DeVos made a donation of more than $12 million towards the construction of the Children’s Hospital in the Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids Michigan. The construction of this Children’s Hospital helped several families to be able to stay in Michigan and continue working while their children were receiving medical attention. Before the construction of this hospital, families quite often had to drive to Minnesota to go to the Mayo clinic or to Chicago to go to Ann Arbor.


Education Is Key

Dick and Betsy DeVos are two individuals who are highly dedicated to education. They are both campaigners for education reform. Dick DeVos founded the Grand Rapids international Airport School, and Betsy DeVos has fought for charter schools in the state of Michigan and beyond. Betsy DeVos is a true advocate for choice in school selection. She advocated for school vouchers around the country, and because of that, a large number of states have voucher programs for private schools. DeVos’s drive for education is the reason why President Trump chose her for the Secretary of Education.


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