The Kennedy Center for the Arts has been a major source of education and support for many years, but still relies upon the charitable donations of supporters and philanthropists like the DeVos family for its running and expansion plans. A large expansion plan has been in the works since 2013 when a major plan was developed for developing a new riverfront pavilion that will be linked to the center by a brand new walkway. The plan initially called for a $125 million fund to be created from donations to pay for the expansion plan; the success of the fund has seen $135 million donated by supporters and the plan to be expanded to higher levels. Read more about the plans for the Center here: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/breaking_ground/2015/09/whos-giving-the-kennedy-center-millions.html
One of those who has continued to support the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy. Along with his wife, Dick has developed a series of foundations and charitable giving opportunities based upon the need to assist the arts and other areas of life that are popular with people in all walks of life. The latest donation to the Kennedy Center has seen the DeVos family provide $1 million to the new fund, which is the latest in a series of donations made to the center through their self-named family foundation.
DeVos has been a major backer of many philanthropic endeavors that are funded by the profits made by AmWay under his leadership. The arts are not the only area of the charitable work of the DeVos family that has also included a major investment made in the health of young people and adults. DeVos also gives to many religious foundations as he is a man of faith. Though he is a businessman by trade, his primary focus in his philanthropy is giving to educational purposes. He has even founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy for high school students that want to learn about aviation, but don’t have the funds to do so themselves.
Dick DeVos was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has made sure the people of this area benefit from the success of the AmWay group he provided the company with before he left to pursue his own business. He consistently gives speeches to educate local business owners about successful tactics to employ and uses his personal social media to encourage members of his local community in their business endeavors and personal efforts. He is also quick to give credit where it is due and is publicly grateful in a humble manner about all he has accomplished and been given.
The Orlando Magic NBA franchise owner has made sure a number of charter schools and educational programs are in place within Michigan to assist those within the region in making the most of their future. Watch the video below to see some of the grateful people whose lives he has affected with his generosity.