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Dick Devos and His Philanthropy Work

Born in Michigan, Dick Devos is an Amway heir. His father, Richard DeVos, is the owner of Amway, NBA’s Orlando Magic, and a minority shareholder of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Dick’s wife is the current U.S Secretary of Education. He is a father of four children, and they have always supported him in his charity work. Dick has a BA in Business Administration from Northwood University

 

With support from his wife and children, Dick founded the Betsy and Dick Devos Family Foundation in 1989. The organization’s goal is to promote the arts, leadership, education and community-based projects. In this regard, Devos has made considerable contributions to both conservative and Republican causes. Some of his major contributions include a $20,000 donation that he gave to Citizens for the Protection of Marriage, which is an organization that campaigns against same-sex marriages. The has also supported the American Dream PAC. Devos gave $1 million to fund the re-election of various Republican candidates.

 

The Devos family contributed $90.9 million by 2013. The education sector received 48 percent, health and community-based projects got 27 percent, 12 percent was offered to arts and culture, and 13 percent went to churches and faith-based groups. To accomplish his philanthropic goal, the Betsy and Dick Foundation relied on several principles, which include using peer pressure in collecting more donations and providing organizations that receive its finances with strategic advice. By doing this, Dick has been able to extend his influence through board contacts and many other channels.

 

Apart from his philanthropy work, Dick once indulged in politics by running for Michigan’s governor position on a Republican ticket. Being among the wealthiest people in Michigan, he financed his campaign to the tune of $40 million. Despite his immense monetary ability, Dick lost the election to Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat.

 

Dick Devos began his professional career in 1974 working at Amway Corporation. While at Amway he held various management positions. In 1984, he became the company’s vice president and was put in charge of 18 countries. His father later appointed him to head the Orlando Magic NBA franchise in 1991. In 1993, he became Amway’s president and initiated a restructuring program.

 

At Amway, he established Alticor Corporation as an umbrella organization of three companies: Amway Corporation, Access Business Group, and Quixtar Corporation. Within this structure, Alticor expanded its operations into six continents and over 50 countries. In 2002, Dick retired from Alticor to head the Windquest Group and also devoted more time to political pursuits.

 

To learn more, visit http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/.

How the Orange Coast College is Transforming the Economic and Environmental Status of Southern California

Along Adams Avenue in Southern California stands the $7 million Orange Coast College’s recycling facility. The facility occupies a ground space of about 5 acres and has a parking space of up to up to 45 vehicles, offices & a meeting area, and shower places. The recycling facility was opened to the public on October 16, 2017, following a one-year-long construction process. The opening ceremony was graced by prominent people such as Orange Coast College’s staff members who cut the inauguration ribbon. It was during the opening ceremony that it was announced that the facility would remain operational on every single day of the week.

 

 

 

What Will Be Recycled

 

 

Glass & plastic containers, empty beverage bottles, tin & aluminum cans, old magazines, cardboard, as well as metal scraps constitute waste products that the Orange Coast College’s recycling facility will be recycling. Residents of southern California who will be taking these waste materials to the recycling facilities are set to be receiving a reasonably good compensation depending on the type of material they deposit. The facility has an added advantage in that it can recycle waste electronics such as fluorescent bulbs, TVs, monitors, and fax machines among others. Bearing in mind that such electronics contain dangerous chemicals that can pollute the environment, the facility has solved many problems that would otherwise arise. Over and above that, the facility can recycle household items such as old furniture and clothes. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/orangecoastcollege/

 

 

 

Economic and Environmental Benefits

 

 

With the Orange Coast College’s recycling plant in place, South California is safe from air and waste pollution. The facility adapts eco-friendly building and energy generating apparatus which reduce the environmental degradation. According to Costa Mesa Mayor, the facility will have not only environmental but also economic advantages. The Orange Coast College’s president, on his part, noted that many jobs would be created at the facility. Learn more: http://www.occsailing.com/

 

 

 

About OCC

 

 

The Orange Coast College was established as a community college in the late 1940s. It is located in Costa Mesa, with a majority of its classes being buildings that formed part of the area’s former military base. The college has professors that teach more than 135 different undergraduate programs. More than 20,000 are enrolled in these program as of today.