Like most of us I enjoy hearing the personal stories of how and why those involved in not for profit activities began their journey to give back to others. I recently read an interview with Betsy DeVos published by Philanthropy Roundtable that gave me an insight into why she and husband Dick DeVos got involved in education reform, and continue to do so after more than 30 years working towards their goals; I was impressed by the news that the need for education reform was identified by Dick and Betsy DeVos through personal experience of meeting fellow parents struggling to get the best possible education for their children in the most difficult of circumstances. Betsy DeVos reveals a visit to Potter’s Christian School in Michigan was the starting point into education reform activism for the couple as they hoped to help others who did not have the choice of educational opportunities the success of the DeVos family afforded Dick and Betsy. The article was extremely revealing in my view as it provided me with some information about the fact education reform was seen as an extremely difficult aspect of the community that was not understood at the outset of the work of Dick DeVos.
Dick DeVos has been successful in almost every area he has sought to take part in during his business and philanthropic careers. As the President of the AmWay Group for over a decade Dick DeVos led the company on one of its most successful periods of success after Dick took over the company from his father, Richard, another well known philanthropist in the Michigan area I read on the Dick DeVos Wikipedia page. Dick has sought to develop American values that are seen as traditional in the eyes of the public through his role with the Willow Creek Association, which is hoping to make sure the values the U.S. were built upon are not lost in the 21st century. I have been pleased to see education reform and the introduction of charter schools still rates highly on the work of Dick DeVos and the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation that is still working to improve the lives of people across the U.S.