Meet Dick DeVos, an Accomplished Entrepreneur, Politician and Philanthropist

Dick DeVos is married to the American businesswoman and politician who is currently serving as the 11th US Secretary of Education. Betsy DeVos has spearheaded many campaigns, political action committees, and party organizations. The reformist served as the chairperson of Michigan Republic Party for six years. Just like his wife, Dick DeVos also comes out as a reformist. In 2006, Mr. DeVos was the nominee for governor of Michigan for the Republican Party. Dick DeVos, together with his wife, are always in search of innovative solutions for social problems in business. The couple cofounded Windquest Group in 1989; a multi-company group that deals in manufacturing, technology, and clean energy. Dick DeVos has worked as the president of Amway and Orlando Magic BA franchise at different times.


Born in 1955, Richard DeVos Jr. is the eldest son of Richard DeVos Sr. His father, alongside the late Jay Van Andel (1924-2004) cofounded Amway Corporation – a network sales firm that sells its health, personal care, and household products through dealers. The industry/commercial leader joined Amway Corporation in 1974 and served in different capacities until he rose to the vice presidency in 1984.


He left Amway in 1989 to establish Windquest Group. He would later make his way back to Amway Corporation as the president in 1993 to succeed his father. As it turned out, Amway would not have been in better hands. Dick DeVos presided over the company’s restructuring which led to the establishment of the umbrella firm, Alticor Corporation (made up of Amway, Quixtar, and the Access Business Group). The successful restructuring saw the company expand its operations to over 50 countries on six continents. Dick DeVos retired from Alticor as its president to dedicate his time and efforts to his private venture Windquest Group, and also participate in politics.


Together with his wife, Dick runs the foundation “Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.” Through the foundation, the couple is usually driven by the desire to serve as faithful servants – an attribute they learned from their parents. They offer their support to organizations and programs whose activities are focused on education, community, leadership, arts, as well as justice. Dick and Betsy DeVos make financial contributions to West Michigan Aviation Academy, Inner City Christian Federation, DeVos Institute of Arts Management and Project Clarity.



Dick’s commitment to his community is evident. The fact that he cares about underprivileged children is undeniable. He goes into the books of major philanthropists in the world for starting Education Freedom Fund that gave scholarships to 4000 economically disadvantaged children in Michigan. Among many other things, he co-chairs Grand Action that has become a leader in reviving Grand Rapids. He is also a board member of Willow Creek Association, Grand Rapids Economic Club, Project Clarity, Spectrum Health and the West Michigan Aviation Academy.

Besides engaging in philanthropy, business and politics, Dick DeVos has co-authored the book “Believe” with Charles Paul Conn.


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Giving Back Power to the People, End Citizens United

End Citizens United (ECU) was established in August 2015. Within its first month of operation, the political action committee had raised over $2 Million. This was at the beginning of a fundraising cycle that they intended to raise a total of about $30 million. The PAC was planning to be a major player in the 2016 elections. They intended to fund the campaigns of various Democratic candidates.


In 2010, the Supreme Court made a decision on a constitutional amendment that many people didn’t like. After the court’s decision, several PACs were established. End Citizens United believes that some these political action committees have created a loophole that allows dark money into the political scene. ECU is fighting against dark-money groups and donors like the Koch brothers who are believed to have greedy intentions.


Although End Citizens United isn’t the only PAC that focuses on campaign monies, it is different from other groups because of its approach. The group addresses the issue of campaign finances from a political perspective. ECU has already launched a petition demanding the reversal of the infamous constitutional amendment. The political action committee gathered more than 325,000 signatures for their petition in 2015.


End Citizens expected to get more signatures after partnering with “Ready for Hillary.” They said that they will only support candidates who advocate for campaign finance reforms. As of May 2015, the PAC had endorsed Senator Michael Bennet and 10 other Democratic candidates. ECU had plans to establish an independent arm to oversee their expenditure.


Early this year, End Citizens revealed that they were planning to raise $35 million. They said that they needed money to fund their preferred candidates in the 2018 midterm election. This estimate didn’t come as a surprise as the group had raised $4 million in the first quarter of this year. The figure is more than the amount they raised in the 2016 election cycle. This will be the PAC’s second election cycle and it’s expected to reach its target. More and more people are supporting ECU’s cause. Out of the 100,000 people who contributed the $4 million, 40,000 of them donated for the first time.


ECU’s president, Ms. Tiffany Muller revealed that the average contribution was $12. She said that their donors want to put an end to a rigged system that favors only those with the “big money.” According to her, this is the people’s way of fighting back. End Citizen United’s supporters are not happy with Trump’s victory and leadership, so they’re doing their best to ensure that the right people get into congress in 2018. In the last couple of months, ECU has received $500,000 to fund Jon Ossoff, who is vying for a congressional seat on a Democratic ticket.