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Dick DeVos has once again been recognized for being among the top donors for the John Kennedy Center for making millions of contributions, which saw the Performing Arts center; blow its fund raising goal. The fundraising campaign managed to blow the $119.5 million target and achieve $135.9 million for the project. The project includes an expansion for the center, a river front pavilion and a pedestrian bridge which will link the Kennedy Center with the pavilion.


Dick Devos Charity


Apart from the Kennedy Center generous contribution, Dick DeVos through his family foundation has made numerous contributions to charity. Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy launched the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989 as their venue for donations and charity work ( Their philanthropic work focuses more on education, arts, leadership, community, and justice.


Dick DeVos who is passionate about education, kids, and flying combined these three features into an aviation charter school. The West Michigan Aviation Academy was opened by DeVos in 2010. In response to why he opened a charter school, DeVos said, “Charter schools are available for everyone… A charter school is a public school and therefore there’s no tuition. So every student would have the possibility of going to this school at no cost and we think that’s very, very important – to reach across the entire West Michigan community to be sure that every child has an opportunity to attend this school.” (


In addition, DeVos and Betsy have the Dick and Betsy DeVos Scholarship program, which supports MBA, MA, MS students from developing countries. There is also an annual scholarship for students who want to earn a BBA at Northwood University.


DeVos’ Life


Dick DeVos has been married to Betsy for more than 30 years. They have four children, five grandchildren, two sons-in-law, and a daughter in law. DeVos is a successful business person; he is involved with the Windquest Group, a private investment management firm. This firm deals with clean-tech industry, manufacturing, technology, nonprofit solutions, technology, and hospitality.


DeVos is also actively involved in community activities. He serves as a board member to the Project Clarity, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids Economic Club, and the Willow Creek Association among others. In 2010, DeVos was awarded the Art of Giving Awards by the Spectrum Health Foundation.


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