Dick DeVos Continues His Devotion To Charitable Giving
The Kennedy Center for the Arts has a number of wealthy patrons, but I have been impressed by the continued support the center has received from Grand Rapids, Michigan based philanthropist Dick DeVos. I have followed the work and life of DeVos since his days as the head of the Orlando Magic NBA team and his later work with the DeVos family owned AmWay Group; the dedication Dick DeVos has shown to using the wealth he has gained as a successful businessperson is often shown through the work of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation that I admire immensely. Dick DeVos may be best known to most of us as the head of the AmWay group, but his work in the field of education should be honored, in my opinion. Dick and Betsy DeVos have been consistent supporters of the use of charter schools that allow students the chance to specialize in areas they find entertaining, which includes the aviation based school opened in Michigan that provides a unique education experience for young people.
The Kennedy Center for the Arts has always been a major part of the philanthropic giving of Dick DeVos, which sees an arts management center named for the well known donor to the Republican party in the U.S. DeVos has now joined a group of donors to develop the river front area of the center that will become an intergral part of the education and rehearsal process for those who use the center. In an article from BizJournals I discovered DeVos is one of the donors who have worked with the Kennedy Center as the charitable group sought to raise $125 million to build a new river pavilion and link it to the center itself with a newly constructed bridge to connect it to the main campus. I was amazed to discover the charitable giving of Dick DeVos and other donors had already managed to raise over $130 million and allowed the center to increase its commitment to higher levels of educational programming that will benefit from an increase on the goal of the fund by a further $50 million.