What it takes to be a Philanthropist: Dick DeVos Gives Back to the American Community

When I go through Betsy DeVos interview with Philanthropy Roundtable, it’s clear to me how appreciative Betsy is to her husband Dick DeVos. According to Betsy, Dick’s strong attribute is philanthropy. He is actively involved in community projects, especially helping the less privileged members of the Michigan society. In 2006, the people of Michigan wanted Dick to represent them as governor and he was given the Republic nominee ticket. This kind of effort demonstrates an individual who is determined to serve his community. He is able to mix politics and business and still find the opportunity to give back to the Michigan community.

 

Dick the Philanthropist

 

Dick DeVos is the President of Dick & Betsy (D&B) Foundation. The foundation has donated several millions of dollars to educational, religious, community, and civic functions. As the President of the foundation, Dick prioritizes on helping the poor Michigan families. Among the major beneficiaries from Dick’s Foundation are:

 

 

  • Kid’s Hope Foundation
  • Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
  • Potters House
  • Mass Hill Bible Church
  • Willow Creek Association
  • Rehoboth Christian School
  • Hope College
  • Princeton University
  • American Education Reform Council

 

In 2010, Dick founded the West Michigan Aviation College, the first public chartered aviation school in the US. The school caters for less privileged kids in Michigan. The academy is a demonstration of the love that Dick has for education and aviation. According to Dick, the school is an opportunity for the young Michigan community to fly. Through D&B, Dick is actively involved in the support of artistic talents throughout Michigan.

 

Since 2009, Dick has been active in funding different art events in Grand Rapids. In 2010, D&B Foundation gave $22.5 million to Kennedy Center. The center later changed its name to DeVos Institute of Arts Management. The money was the largest donation accorded to the arts center. In promoting free market economy, Dick has given a number of grants to several organizations. Some of the beneficiaries include Heritage Foundation, Action Institute, and Hudson Institute. In promoting education, Dick through the D&B Foundation offers scholarships to a number of kids in America. They give sponsorship to students attending Northwood University among other educational institutes.

 

Conclusion

 

Today, Dick DeVos is a celebrated Michigan hero and American icon. His love for charity, especially helping the young less privileged Americans achieve quality education makes him a true leader. He continues to inspire millions across America through grants and scholarships.

 

To learn more, visit http://dickdevos.com/.

Orange Coast College Recap

Orange Coast College has had some new exciting innovations take place on campus, A new recycling center! This may not seem like a huge deal, but it was for the townies. At their old recycling center only about 250 to 300 people would visit to drop off their recycled goods. With the updates to the new and improved building, the numbers have increased to 400 people! The new recycling center is slowly reaching it’s goal, the purpose was to build to innovations that would attract more people to come in order to create more recycling opportunities. They’re on the the way to something special! Learn more: http://www.coastreportonline.com/campus_news/news/article_81418aca-933e-11e7-a8be-53b844a797fb.html

 

Due to the updates at the new recycling center, more guests are able to come at a single time. The center used to have only eight car spaces, that increased significantly to 45. Almost every townie realized that difference right away. The new center also accepts more variation of matter for recycling. The renovation was a fantastic idea for the recycling center, because now it is no longer hidden and people can actually see it.

 

Some other innovations include new classrooms for students interested in taking environmental studies and resources management in the spring, they now have showers for workers to use and enjoy for breaks after they finish a long shift. Many of the workers happened to be students, so this was very convenient for them.

 

How the recycling center works is, guests bring in their recyclable items and put them in the correct bin. Afterwards, the bottles are then sorted again by hand or machine to make sure they are correctly organized, once organized the plastic is taken to different areas to be reused. Some of the places they are taken to are Los Angeles and Paris to be made into new products.

 

The recycling center has plans for the future. They want to attract more users by advertisement through media, utility bills, and in print. If the center can get more guests to come, that will increase the growth of their business and help the planet out in the future by reusing plastic and glass instead of killing more trees!

Read more: http://www.occsailing.com/