We all know the saying “a little help goes a long way”, but what about when more than just a little help is given? What is you couple a little help with hope and compassion? People all over the world rely on the help and genuine compassion from others to survive. Homeless rates and poverty levels are on a constant rise in the United States, and communities that were once thriving and full of life and opportunity are now dull and dwindling. Many organizations such as religious, faith and community based establishments often offer assistance in the form of charity to those in need. Unfortunately, due to the increased rate of unemployment and poverty, more and more people are relying heavily one the assistance of such organizations to get by. These assistance agencies provide financial assistance to those in need, as long as the agency has the appropriate funds.
Most, if not all of these organizations are able to assist members of their community due to the financial contributions of other community members. Richard(Dick) DeVos Jr. is a philanthropist and entrepreneur from Michigan. He is the former CEO and President of the Orlando Magic, a title that came when his family acquired the basketball franchise. In 1993 Dick and his wife Betsy became co-chairs of the Education Freedom Fund. One of many philanthropic donations from the DeVos family, this fund provides scholarships for students of low-income families who reside in Michigan. The also couple has their own foundation, The Dick and Betsy DeVos foundation. Each of their four children have followed in their parents footsteps showing an extreme amount of compassion for community members in need. Based on IRS reports, the DeVos’ generosity totaled $94 million dollars in donations. The contributions made by this family are not only appreciated and felt in Michigan, but all around the world. They have landed a spot on the Forbes Top 50 Givers list, and touched hearts around the world. The giving and kind spirit that they have passed on to their children will live for generations. It is because of people like the Dick DeVos family that hope and unity still exist.