A planned fundraiser for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has shot past its target. It overshot the initial target of $125 million to raise $135.9 million. The funds are for expanding the facilities we have at the Kennedy Center such as new pavilions, offices and a footbridge. This inspired the organization to raise the bar even higher. It is now targeting an additional $50 million.
The fundraising was launched in 2013. The approved project has also been revised to reflect changes in planning and costing. Through our giving platform, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, we donated a million dollars to the project. Remember that in 2010, we committed over twenty-two million dollars to the Kennedy Center through the foundation. In the same year, Spectrum Health Foundation honored me with the “Art of Giving Award.”
My name is Dick DeVos. I co-founded the foundation together with my wife, Betsy DeVos, in 1989. I also serve as the President. You may recognize my wife Betsy as the current Education Secretary to the cabinet. Our donation is a reflection of our collective passion for supporting the development of the arts in our communities. Besides the arts, we also support education and leadership among other values.
The foundation supports charitable causes through organizations such as Kids Hope USA, the West Michigan Aviation Academy, Potter’s House and ArtPrize Grand Rapids among others.
I am an entrepreneur, community and business leader, author and philanthropist. I have been involved in various successful ventures. I have been in charge at Amway, a consumer goods company based here in Michigan. I succeeded in restructuring the company to achieve lean efficiency and expansion into more than fifty countries around the world. I have also been involved in running the Orlando Magic national basketball team.
I serve as the President of the Windquest Group, a privately-owned holding company with interests in manufacturing, technology and clean energy among others. I am the author of the best-selling book titled “Rediscovering American Values” published in 1998. It contains moving testimonials of personal and professional development cases demonstrating the power of practicing positive values.
I serve various organizations either in an executive capacity or as a board member. Some of these include Michigan State Chamber of Commerce, Grand Action Committee, Orlando Magic as well as Thunderbird School of Global Management among others. I also support various civic causes based here in Michigan.
To learn more, visit http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/.