The Kennedy Center for the performing arts recently received a large number of donations, including a $1 million donation from Dick DeVos. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recently blew past its goal of $125 million, $100 million of which was to be used for an expansion project, and $25 million of which was to be used for programming initiatives. Because they so far exceeded their goal, instead of ending the campaign, the Kennedy Center has decided to expand their goal by another $50 million. The Kennedy Center has provided arts programming and entertainment since the center was first opened in September 1971, and has 3 million visitors annual all of whom benefit from the vast array of arts related programming that the center offers. 

Among the donors to the campaign include Dick DeVos, son of the founder of Amway, and who himself served as CEO of the Consumer Goods Devision in 1993. Since working at Amway, he has held a number of executive positions at different companies including an executive position with the Orlando Magic Basketball team for three years when his family aquifer the team in 1991. He is now the President of the Windquest Group. DeVos has made a big impact in the business world, and uses his business savvy not only to bring about big changes and big profits, but to he gives back generously financially as well. Check out the following link to see one of his many presentations, dispelling his professional know-how for a local business: http://www.raawm.org/raawm-dick-devos-holland-presentation

Despite these lofty origins and high status it is his charity work and civic service that he is most proud of. He was born in Michigan and still lives in the area, so much of his charitable and civic activities have been focused on the area. He also regularly participates in charity work, and founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation and offers a number of scholarships. He and his wife have offer the Art Prize, an art competition in Grand Rapids, since 2009. This included He also opened the West Michigan Avation Academy which is the first public avian charter high school in the United States. He decided to make the school a charter school because that meant there would be no tuition, and the school would be open and available for everyone. He is also an accomplished helicopter pilot as you can see in his video below.

Check out his most recent Facebook post to see him humbly thank the recognition of his charitable efforts.

I am incredibly grateful to my parents for initiating and encouraging by example the tradition of philanthropy within our family. We are happy to be a part of this great community!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, January 4, 2016