In 1991, the state of Michigan was set to construct a stadium and convention center in the city of Grand Rapids. This plan was met with a lot of protest by people all over the state. One particular person who was against this was Dick DeVos.
DeVos is the son of the founder of Amway, Richard DeVos, who was leading the company at that time. DeVos has always been someone that has worked to better the situation that people are in and has always been an incredibly philanthropic person. After looking into the matter of the stadium that was set to be built, he realized that it would affect the development of the area that it was in. He was of the opinion that this would cause a great deal of stress to the area that it was being built in, and was moving against the path of progress for the city.
His efforts to change the plan of the state culminated in the formation of an organization known as Grand Action, which was led by some of the most notable people in the state of Michigan. Instead of letting the state allow the construction of properties that would be only for increasing the value of the city, DeVos decided to help build structures which the people of Michigan needed. This saw the construction of notable ventures like the Michigan State University, which have been incredibly beneficial to the people living in the state.
DeVos has always been involved with the political scenario in his state and has always worked to better the systems that were prevalent in Michigan. He has had a significant impact on various aspects of the law and even contributed to the changing legal framework in his home state.
In addition, DeVos also has his charitable organization known as the DeVos Family Foundation. He started this organization along with his wife, Betsy DeVos, who currently serves as the Education Minister of the United States. The organization was formed so that DeVos could better reach people in need and those who could benefit from the projects that he was undertaking. With the organization, DeVos has changed the lives of countless people, not just in Michigan, but all over the country. One of the main focuses of the organization is on education. Through the foundation, DeVos has provided scholarships to students who are in underprivileged conditions and cannot seek an education themselves. Learn more: http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/topic/excellence_in_philanthropy/interview_with_betsy_devos