The Philanthropy Of Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos was born as Elisabeth Prince in 1958 and grew up in Holland, Michigan. Her parents are Edgar Prince, a billionaire business magnate, and Elsa Prince. She married Dick DeVos in 1980 and they have four children; two sons and two daughters.

Betsy is the Chairwoman of The Windquest Group, a company she co-founded with her husband. The company is an investment management organization, mostly in the fields of manufacturing, technology, and clean energy. One of the companies that they have invested in is Neurocore. Neurocore is a chain of therapy clinics that provides patients with therapy that are suffering from depression, autism, anxiety, and attention deficit disorder. Betsy, along with Dick, are the biggest investors behind the company.

Throughout her life DeVos has been involved in philanthropy, and in 1989, along with Dick, launched the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. This is a faith-based charity that supports education, arts, justice, leadership, and community. Forbes recently ranks dbdvfoundation.org as twenty fourth on its list of the largest givers in the United States. Among the nonprofit organizations they have given to are Focus on the Family, the Foundation for Traditional Values, and Baptists for Life.

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One of the programs the foundations supports is the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Program. Based at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this program works on developing drugs for a number of childhood cancers through a global network of universities and children’s hospitals. It has been reported that the program has seen a large advancement in research into neuroblastoma treatment therapies.

In addition to having served on the Board of Directors for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Betsy and Dick have supported the art center with over $22.5 million in donations in order to create the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. The institute provides an education to train people to operate an art institution including hiring artists, managing funds, and overall management. In additional funding of the arts, the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation started ArtPrize in 2009. ArtPrize is an annual global art competition that gives $200,000 to the winner and about $500,000 total. The competition, held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, involves both the general public and professional artists in determining the winners in four different categories; Time-Based, Installation, Two-Dimensional, and Three-Dimensional.

An educational institution that the foundation helped create is the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The academy provides high school aged children with the opportunity, tuition-free, to obtain the knowledge and training needed to enter the aviation industry. Today the academy can house up to 400 students and had its first graduating class occur in 2014. Visit her website at www.betsydevos.com.

Keith Mann: Thoughtful Of Others

When it comes to kids that want to go to college, Keith Mann has a soft spot for them, especially the ones that are struggling to go to college because of money. Keith Mann has hammered home and for good reason, the importance of making things fair for these kids. Life is not always fair, but when it comes to kids and education, all they want is that chance. A chance can impact not only their lives, but the lives of their families as well. That is not something that is wasted on someone like Keith Mann. He is very smart and very aware of this.

 

That is why he took it upon himself to hold a fundraiser for the Uncommon School Districts and it raised over twenty-two thousand dollars. Now, that is how you get things done, and Keith Mann of Dynamics Search Partners has always been one to get things done. He has a very strong conviction and will fight for what is right and what is fair. People don’t understand the type of impact this can have on these children and their future, as mentioned. They could go from being on the streets and hanging out with the wrong crowd to being in the classroom.

 

These are great kids with a passion for education. They want to learn and they love to go to school. They are grateful for their parents and family members and all they have done to ensure they can have a roof over their heads and food on the table. They work sometimes double shifts and have two jobs. They are not forgotten or ignored by Keith Mann. Keith Mann knows all of this has built some strong character in these kids. That is going to serve them well in the future, as they will have learned from these hardships and become better people for it.

 

With Keith Mann supporting them and doing all that he can for them, they have that chance they have been wanting and yearning for, and that is wonderful of Keith Mann to go out there and do this.