Dick DeVos’ Support To The Kennedy Center And His Other Charity Initiatives

The fundraising campaign by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts exceeded its goal for the intended expansion project. However, rather than finishing the campaign, the target has been increased by $50 million. According to a press release by the Kennedy Center, the campaign has raised $135.9 million for the project. The project comprises of a riverfront pavilion and a pedestrian bridge that connects the Kennedy Center with the pavilion. It also includes a big expansion of the Kennedy Center with three pavilions, office and dining space, in addition to educational and rehearsal spaces. The campaign was established in 2013 with the aim of raising $125 million. $100 million was for expansion with the rest meant for programming initiatives. Multiple changes have been made to the original design due to a rigorous scrutiny by the federal planning agencies. That has raised the cost for construction to $119.5 million. Among the donors of the plan include David Rubenstein, the co-founder of Carlyle Group and the chair of the Kennedy Center’s board of trustees. He donated $ 50 million in 2013. The Boeing Co. donated $ 20 million. Jacqueline Mars, Stephen as well as Christine Schwarzman donated $10 million. Several family foundations including the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation gave $5 million. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donated $1 million.


About Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos is a Michigan based businessman. The former CEO of Amway is the president of the Dick and Betsy Foundation that donates to educational, artistic, community, and civic organizations. It serves as a means for partner groups that position both the local and global communities for development. The foundation was created in 1989. Beneficiaries of the foundation comprise of the West Michigan Aviation Academy and Kids Hope USA. It also comprises of the Regional Alliance of West Michigan, the Helen DeVos Children Hospital, the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and Mars Hill Bible Church. Additionally, it has also supported the Education Freedom Fund, Children First America, Davenport University, and Princeton University.


Dick DeVos graduated from the Forest Hills Public Schools as well as the Northwood University. He joined the Amway Corporation in 1974. Dick held several positions within the company. In 1984, Dick became the vice president of the company. He led the company in its expansion to 18 countries. Additionally, Dick became the CEO and president of the Orlando Magic in 1991. Subsequently, he led Amway to unprecedented sales and profitability after returning as president in 1993.


QNET Gives Back in a Big Way

QNET has long established itself as one of Asia’s leading companies in the field of e-commerce. The internet traffic giant has made inroads within many different disciplines and plays an important role in the lives of many people in India, China and elsewhere. The company has also begun to establish themselves in a philanthropic role as well. 

One of their main current projects would be to help the victims of the recent Chennai Flood disaster. Recently the company announced that they would be giving a generous contribution of Rs. 75 Lakhs to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. They handed the donation over in the presence of T Srinivas Yadav, who is the Minister for Commercial Taxes and Cinematography in the State of Telangana. The awards fuction had the wonderful and inspiring theme of “Be1forChennai.” 

The theme for this year’s function was wholly dedicated to the Chennai Flood Relief efforts and had wholehearted supported from many important individuals within the South Indian film industry. QNET had the honor of partnering with the film industry for this event and were able to reinforce their philanthropic philosophy of “Raise Yourself to Help Mankind.” 

This awards function was held primarily to recognize the great film talent of the South Indian Film industry, so QNET was able to get great exposure for all of the philanthropic efforts that they engage in. By being out in the open, they will be able to get good press and that should inspire more people to donate to the cause of the flood relief within the ravaged areas of Chennai. 

QNET did as of this under their “WE CARE” program, which is a CSR initiative of the QNET company within the country of India. This program is dedicated to serving the needs of all of the underprivileged individuals within India. They focus on helping those who are destitute and those who are victims of natural disasters. Recently, QNET was able to partner with the Lion’s Club organization and was able to pass out over 200 basic household relief kits. These kits included sheets, mats, cooking pots, and many other needed items. 


QNET is a prominent Asian direct selling company that provides a number of great products through their streamlined e-commerce platform. They have customers in more than 100 countries. They have been doing philanthropic efforts for as long as they have been in existence, and you can read more about those important activities here.

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