Dick DeVos: A Business Oriented Philanthropist

Richard DeVos Jr. or Dick DeVos is someone who is known in many sectors. Professionally, Dick DeVos serves as the head of Amway, which is a company which was started by his father. Taking on the family name, Dick DeVos has managed to do wonders for the company, upholding the family business and taking it to places it has never been before. Currently, the company is doing extremely well under his leadership, expanding to a large number of countries across the entire world. Dick DeVos is someone who has made it a point to learn as much as possible and apply that to benefit his life and the lives of the people around him. Having the responsibility of an entire company on your shoulders is no easy task, especially when that company is a one among the Fortune 500, nevertheless, Dick DeVos has shown an exemplary amount of leadership and management skills, which has helped him run his company efficiently.

 

As the CEO of the company, Dick DeVos has to handle and oversee all the operations that Amway conducts. He has to make sure that the offices in every country that the firm has set up in run smoothly and without any hiccups. However, for the past couple of years, Dick DeVos has shifted his primary focus from his father’s company to something that he loves doing more.

 

Even though Dick DeVos came from one of America’s most affluent families, he was taught to always remain grounded and use his wealth to help the less fortunate people around him. Since a very early age, Dick DeVos saw his father deeply immersed in the world of philanthropy and decided to follow in his footsteps. Dick is known for his contributions to and efforts to helping a large number of organizations and lending a helping hand towards tackling hard issues. Now, having reached the peak of his career, Dick DeVos decided to focus his efforts towards something that he has always strived to do – help people. Along with his wife Betsy, Dick DeVos started the DeVos Family Foundation, to be able to offer aid to organizations and people who are in need of such kind of help.

 

Dick and his wife Betsy firmly believe that they can change the course of the education system in the country, to benefit future generations. Dick DeVos believes in rewarding those who perform well in academic institutions, and aids them so that they can develop their skills better to serve society. As part of the foundation, Dick DeVos awards scholarships to deserving students so that they can seek a higher level of education in private schools and better their talents. Dick DeVos also offers scholarships to students who complete their MBA from a select number of universities that The DeVos Family Foundation has tied up with.

‘The Greyhound Diaries’ Take Doug Levitt Out Of His Comfort Zone

Like most Americans Doug Levitt had heard much about the problems of poverty in the U.S., but even in his role as a leading journalist with many major news networks the Cornell University graduate had little experience of life in the heart of the U.S. below the poverty line. After deciding he required an artistic outlet in life, Doug Levitt felt inspiration arrive in the form of the legendary WPA programs for artists to explore the lives of struggling U.S. citizens in the 1930s; using these recordings as inspiration Doug Levitt embarked on a six week bus journey he hoped would provide inspiration for new songs and writing.

 

Over a decade later Doug Levitt is still traveling the U.S. as part of his ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ project that has resulted in music, a book, and a series of live performances at some of the top venues in America. Levitt has also taken his project to a number of news networks to discuss the issue of poverty and his first hand experience of interacting with people who are struggling to simply get by; Doug Levitt believes shining a light on the issues facing U.S. citizens who are struggling to get by is the only way to make a significant change for the future of society.

 

Doug Levitt has always been aware of the many different problems facing society at its poorest levels in society as his parents were major community leaders in his hometown of Washington D.C. Despite the political and community work of his parents Doug admits it was not until he began exploring the U.S. as part of ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ and came face to face with the realities of poverty that he began to understand the problems facing millions of U.S. citizens.

 

In his work Doug Levitt points to many different reasons why ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ have become such an important fight against the continuation of inequality across the U.S. Doug points to a media based in the largest cities in the U.S. who rarely explore the vast center of the country to discover the truth of how everyday life is affected by the stress and concerns people face about money.