Dick DeVos continues to provide a wide range of philanthropic giving options for a number of charities and charitable programs, including the latest donations he has made to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. BizJournals has revealed the Kennedy Center has received a larger than expected number of donations for their planned development of a river pavilion to a more extensive structure and series of buildings; the Kennedy Center has been looking to develop the area for a number of years and has now reached an impressive total of more than $130 million in donations for the completion of the project. After initially hoping to raise $125 million in donations when the project started in 2013 and has now extended its donation deadline and planned figure by a further $50 million. Not only will the planned construction see a riverfront pavilion and bridge constructed, but over $25 million will be spent on programming initiatives to make the most of performance spaces and much more.
Richard DeVos, better known as Dick has been a major supporter of many philanthropic programs backed by the fortune he and his family have created as the leaders of the AnWay Group. DeVos has been one of the most prominent members of the DeVos family after showing his abilities as a business person when he took control of the company and other parts of the AnWay Group, including the Orlando Magic NBA team. Along with his impressive business skills, DeVos and wife Betsy have backed a number of initiatives in their own Grand Rapids, Michigan region and beyond; amongst the arts based programs backed by Dick DeVos is the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. Wikipedia reports that over the years Dick and Betsy DeVos have donated over $22 million to the Kennedy Center, which forms just one arm of their philanthropic activities that include a number of charter schools backed by their foundation opened across the U.S.