Philanthropic Family- Dick and Betsy DeVos

Dick and Betsy DeVos have received a lot of critics and attention at the same time for their enormous contribution to the political world and also their support for the community. The question in the minds of many individuals especial y those in the United States is where the funding is coming from. There federal funding cannot be compared to the funding they have been giving the in their philanthropic activities which add up to about $139 million. Betsy DeVos was the United States Education Secretary; her contribution to the Republican candidate in the nation was analyzed before the hearing of being elected as the Education Secretary. At the same time, the couple who resides in West Michigan has raised the pall of their generous funding which is being funded through their family foundation.

During the vetting process for the cabinet position, Betsy said their generous contribution was about $11.6million in 2015. She also mentioned that their charitable giving is double their political funding which has been $5.3million for the last five years. Dick and Betsy DeVos come from a giving family who does not only contribute to the society but great supporters of the Republican Party. Rich DeVos who is the father of Dick and the co-founder of Amway has been a Republican supporter for decades. Rich’s family does not only support politics, but they are significant givers in the society. In 2015 Rich and his children donated $105 million to charity. The family has been great givers, and it has been listed in the Forbes as number 24 in the America’s top givers list. According to Forbes report, the family giving is put to be $1.33 billion which is about a quarter of their $5.2 billion fortune.

The DeVos family believes that education is a priority and that is the reason why they give so much in the education sector. In 2015 the family donated 26% of their giving to the education industry. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation also fund other organizations which support the education sector, and in 2015 3% of their giving went to such organizations. The couple said their giving is a reflection of how they value education. According to the DeVos family, the America education system did not give adequate and the required education to the children and households with a low-income. Over time the couple saw the need giving every child in America proper education as they fulfill the American education dream. It is the responsibilities of the DeVos family to improve the education system and help the talented children from low income earning families get a proper education.

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