Betsy DeVos; The Megalithic Michiganite

Betsy DeVos is, without a doubt, one of the most philanthropic icons to have come out of the Great Lakes State. When I reminisce on all that this Calvin College alum has achieved in her sixty years, I feel a sense of national pride swelling deep in my chest. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from her alma mater, Mrs. Devos found herself taking the plunge into the Michigan political system, serving as a local precinct delegate for the Michigan Republican Party; a position that she has proudly held for over thirty years. During her tenure, she would also find time to take on the responsibilities as a Republican National Committeewoman for her home state between 1992 and 1997, as well as being the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party during the years 1996 to 2000.

In 1989 Devos, along with her husband, created the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, a foundation self-described as being “centered in cultivating leadership, accelerating transformation and leveraging support in five areas”, those areas being community, education, arts, justice, and leadership. I would be remiss to exclude that the DeVos Foundation, to date, has raised $139M in charitable donations. This sizable sum, combined with the DeVos family’s already large lifetime giving of $1.2B, has landed the DeVos family name among the nation’s top givers. But Betsy’s drive for philanthropy did not stop there. In the 1990’s, DeVos served on the boards of two national 501(c)(3) charities; the Children First America, and the American Education Reform Council, which aimed to expand the availability of alternatives to public schooling. Then, in the years 2001-2002, Betsy DeVos spearheaded a successful political action committee to promote similar interests. So successful was this Great Lakes Education Project that Betsy and Dick then created the American Federation for Children Action Fund; an organization that hopes to address the problem of parents who feel trapped with the choices for public schools for their children. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.

This is an issue that is very close to my own heart. Although I have no children of my own, as a child in the local school system I had no alternatives for where I wished to go to school. The kids that I interacted with took the definition of bullying way beyond the normal parameters of “acceptable”. I received threats to my personal safety and others associated with me, which developed an anxiety that I still struggle to come to terms with. But it does soothe my mind knowing that there’s people like Betsy DeVos out there, who are on the front lines fighting for change in a time where our education system needs it most. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table

The History And Work of Dick DeVos

It’s no surprise that Dick DeVos is often referenced with Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is where many wealthy individuals in the U.S. live now. What occurs in this region is discussion, progress and social change which are felt by everyone in the United States. The Republican party is mostly here also. But this only gives you a glimpse of how much of an impact a family like the DeVos really makes each year.

 

Their impact comes from charity, their beliefs, religion and gobs of money.

 

Their work in charity surrounds stories and results that benefit everyone involved. In recent news, a veil was lifted to show us just how big of an impact but in dollars. So imagine 4,000 students receiving scholarships and from the work of this one man. His name is clearly Richard “Dick” DeVos. See a man taking his business prowess to then develop the right foundations focused on change and community initiative.

 

No one does this alone, and no one without the same influence can either.

 

The long history Dick has from a young man in business to being world influence in philanthropy was made possible by the support of his loving wife Betsy. The money surely helped also, so we won’t pretend it didn’t. But this doesn’t take anything away from Dick and his personal traits. Just one look at the revitalization efforts of downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., and the results are clear for everyone to see.

 

The DeVos family is a pioneering force that isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

 

Dick was even nominated Governor for Michigan’s republican party once. The state is itself known for its republican ties and as a popular majority. But there’s so much behind him then the facade of politics. Along with revitalization, Dick DeVos also created a health care plan of financial support.

 

The $212 million center he built enables the city of Grand Rapids to have their very own convention center, a sports arena, an impressive market downtown, a cardiac hospital, and even career opportunities that come in the form of a medical school.

 

It would be difficult to enter Michigan and especially Grand Rapids without seeing the effects of this family’s great work. With his wife Betsy right by his side, Dick DeVos is an immovable force, and there’s very little in the way of stopping him.

 

As their lives are free and clear, however, the two have invested themselves entirely to charity. And this pattern will continue for a long time to come. While Betsy DeVos is actively engaged in professional work with the Trump Administration, Dick will continue to carry the family name in philanthropy, morality and religion.

 

Todd Lubar’s Generosity

For over two decades, Todd Lubar has been helping people meet their homeownership dreams. When he started, he worked at Crestar Mortgage Corporation. Lubar didn’t see the mortgage aspect of the industry as a soulless corporation. The industry combined his love for finance, real estate, and helping others. More details can be found on Ideamensch.

He took a special interest in conservative mortgage banking. Years later, he founded his company, Legendary Properties. What started as a small real estate firm quickly grew into a success. His company succeeded in purchasing, rehabilitating, and selling of over 200 properties its first year.

Throughout the years, Mr. Todd Lubar became more interested in helping others. After years of succeeding in several industries, he wanted to help common people achieve their dreams. He founded TDL Global Ventures, LLC. After operating a business like Legendary Financial, another of his companies; he knew exactly how to approach people.

The premise of TDL Global Ventures’ founding was helping people overcome common barriers faced when applying for loans. Most highly renowned institutions only loan to individuals and companies who meet their high-profile criteria. TDL was Lubar’s way of giving back to the common man and leveling the playing field.

When he started, Mr. Lubar’s days were hectic; he was all over the place. Now that his company is running smoothly, he starts every day with a cup of coffee at breakfast with his kids. He has a much more relaxed approach to his day. He uses his mornings to get everything in order before heading to work.

Todd Lubar also dealt with the same problem that all entrepreneurs have to deal with; passion versus business. Having a head full ideas isn’t enough. An entrepreneur has to have the will to get things done. He relies on his past experiences to lead him toward the right decisions.

Over the years, he’s gotten excited about the developing technology of home remotes. It’s a personal interest of his. He loves being able to control nearly everything in his house with the push of a button or by smartphone. You can visit LinkedIn to know more.