For many years the Forbes organization has been seeking to discover just how much money the DeVos family of Grand Rapids, Michigan gives to support charitable groups around the U.S. However, 2015 marks the first time the family that owns the Amway Group and NBA’s Orlando Magic have given details of their philanthropic giving to the magazine and have found themselves ranked 20th in the top 50 U.S. philanthropists. MLive reports the details of the DeVos family’s philanthropy include just how the family divides up its donations. In 2013, the vast majority of the donations made the family headed by Rich DeVos and now led by son Dick DeVos were given to education charities; however, the family also provided a large amount of funding for conservative think tanks that reflect the ideology backed by the family.
Dick DeVos has worked with his wife, Betsy, in a bid to make sure the education reforms the couple believe needed to take place have done so across the nation. Dick and Betsy DeVos have been long term supporters of the charter school program that has grown over the course of the 21st century to become one of the biggest in the U.S.; the efforts of DeVos family have not only centered around the Western Michigan area close to their home, but also support programs being developed across the U.S.
Both Dick and Betsy DeVos have played an important role in the political discussion that have taken place in many states regarding the development of a charter schools program in many different areas of the U.S. Devos has backed a number of schools highlighting the different areas of interest he himself has maintained over his life, including an innovative aviation based charter school found in his home state of Michigan.