According to Forbes Magazine, Betsy and Dick DeVos have given away over $1.2 billion in their lifetime through their foundation. The couple’s strong interest in Western Michigan is apparently because over 66 percent of their donations stay in that area. A look at their largest donations shows that the couple strongly supports education which is not surprising considering that Betsy DeVos is now serving as the United States Secretary of Education.
Hope College received $3.1 million from the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. This small Christian college located in Holland, Michigan, strives to instill the value of living by faith in every student attending there.
Grand Valley State University
Grand Valley State University located in Allendale, Michigan, received a grant of $2.9 million from the foundation. This college is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being one of the top universities in the Midwest. Forbes Magazine has also named it one of the best colleges in America. This college is especially well known for its fine arts and music programs.
Spectrum Hospital Health Foundation and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
The Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation also gave $2.6 million to Spectrum Hospital Health Foundation. This program funds facilities, programs, and equipment for many Michigan hospitals. Additionally, the couple’s foundation gave another $2.1 million to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation operated by Spectrum Hospital Health. The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is their mission to provide Michigan’s poor children with more access to primary health care.
The couple through their foundation has been very instrumental in getting ArtPrize started in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Over $500,000 in prize money is awarded annually. Therefore, artists from over 40 states and 44 countries have had their work exhibited in over 170 venues around the downtown Grand Rapids’ area. This event draws a large crowd to downtown Grand Rapids every year. Visit dbdvfoundation.org to know more about their foundation.
Dick and Betsy DeVos also give large amounts of money annually to Republican party candidates and political action committees. Before the presidential elections of 2016, the family gave over $10 million dollars trying to get Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush or Carly Fiorina elected. They also supported Freedom Partners Action Fund and American Crossroads during the election cycle.