In all of my years of watching celebrities and athletes give back I have never someone give back as much as Dick DeVos has given back. He has become one of the most generous philanthropists, but he isn’t a celebrity or an athlete. Devos is a businessman that has been able to make good on a business that his father started. He has went on to build a foundation that promotes giving back to children, and I was deeply inspired by his contributions to society.
I believe that people get out of life what they put into it. I also believe that people that give will also receive. It’s not written down like the law of gravity or anything, but it is a concept that is certain. DeVos is one that has made this evident. He has given so much over the years, and I believe this his ability to thrive is a direct result of his tremendous giving. This is the only way to explain how he could continue to go on giving large amounts over and over again. It is like Yin and Yang, day and night or highs and lows. You cannot have one without the other. Dick DeVos gives because he receives, and he receives because he gives.
The children that benefit from the foundation that he has with his wife will also see the benefits of giving. In this way I believe that Dick DeVos will also inspire others to gives just as he has given. There is a spirit of generosity that transcends through the entire DeVos family. He has the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation with this wife, but the DeVos family has not stopped there. I have even seen how he has inspired their children to continue the legacy of giving. This is something that is powerful. Dick and his family could have done as many other rich families do and made the decision to keep the money to themselves. He has not chosen to be this selfish though. To the contrary, DeVos has built a legacy by giving away more than a billion in charitable contributions.
I have found this incredibly interesting because he is still reaping the benefits of a business – Amway -that was founded by his father. His father gave him the torch for the business, and DeVos made good on what was given to him by blazing a new path.