Parenting is one of the most important and honorable pursuits a human being can undertake. When you parent a child correctly, that child grows up and adds something to the world. That child becomes a productive member of society, but more importantly, that child becomes a shining example unto others; an inspiration to follow; a beacon of light in an otherwise grim world. There is no better example of what strong parenting, rooted in conservative values, can do for one person and the world around them than the DeVos family.
Dick DeVos is the patriarch and he grew up in Western Michigan. He was raised by strong parents who imbued a sense of social responsibility on the young man. Their strong conservative values gave Dick DeVos a moral compass as he set off into the world after graduating from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan (http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/about/). And that moral compass would lead him to giving away over $1 billion of his own wealth in 2014.
Behind every great man is a great woman, and Betsy Devos stands as an example of this. Betsy was also raised by parents guided by strong conservative values in the state of Michigan. She attended a Christian college and went on to start a career in conservative politics, becoming a mover-and-shaker in Michigan’s Republican party. And when she met Dick, she knew that they both had a sense of social responsibility.
DeVos would go on to have a prosperous career in business, leading Amway International to record profits and becoming the President and CEO of the booming Orlando Magic in the early 1990’s during the beginning of the Penny Hardaway and Shaquille O’Neal era. Wealth came to the Devos family through the hard work of Dick and Betsy, but through it all they never forgot those deeply rooted values imbued upon them by their parents.
But the Devos family did not want the attention. Only after being hounded by the magazine did they divulge their charitable giving in 2014, totaling over $1 billion. Most of the givings have stayed in their home state of Michigan. The Devos’s, through five different family foundations, aim at giving to conservative leaning charities that will carry on the torch of promoting values to future generations.