Category Archives: Philanthropy

Giving Comes Naturally To the Dick DeVos Family

Dick DeVos‘s wealthy family has long been very generous in their philanthropy, especially to several conservative charities. For instance, they have donated major grants to Christian faith-based organizations, such as the Potter’s House in Michigan. This is important support for both the elementary school and the high school located there. The DeVos family has also given extensively to provide needy children with scholarships for their favorite private school through the Education Freedom Fund.

Beyond these examples, the DeVos have also funded eclectic private educational institutions, such as the West Michigan Aviation Academy. This aviation-centered school in Grand Rapid, Michigan, if actually a public charter school and is tuition-free. Dick DeVos founded the school with some urging from Betsy, his wife. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is where it is located.

Dick DeVos continues his family’s long tradition of giving back to their community. Their wealth has been shared through major philanthropy for decades. Richard DeVos Sr, Dick’s father, started Amway Corporation. The whole family has been devoted to the business and building fabulous wealth, which they use to accomplish good works, as well as living full and enriched lives. Richard Sr. is thought himself to be worth about $5 billion. Dick and his wife Betsy have started two of their own charities: the most well-known one is the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which they founded together in 1989.

Their mission is to serve as faithful stewards, launching effective initiatives that they aim to use in building a stronger community. Some of the resulting projects they have taken on include help with school choice rights, improved health for all community members, support for the arts, and work to revitalize troubled neighborhoods. They have shown their love for their home state of Michigan and have definitely ‘paid it forward.’

It was Dick DeVos who took over in 1993 as Amway’s CEO, taking over from his father, where he worked to lead the company until 2002. In 2006 Dick ran for Michigan Governor. He is estimated to be worth about $5.1 billion, making him the 67th richest person in the U.S. He graduated from Forest Hills High School and went on to Northwood University, where he earned a degree in Business Administration. He also was part of Wharton School’s Executive Study Programs and in addition, went to Harvard Business School. Find out more about Dick Devos in this Wikipedia article.

Support The CrowdRise Campaign By Jon Urbana

Jon Urbana is known for his amazing career in the sport of lacrosse. The charitable opportunities and the changes he has made in the sport, and also in the organizations he helps out, have all made him such a remarkable guy.

Urbana is helping out the ARAS organization that helps prevent cats from being killed. The company is committed to giving cats throughout the Denver area a nice little place to live if they don’t have a nice place to stay. This crowdfunding campaign is a great way to learn about what Jon does and what the campaign offers. The campaign is meant to help the cats live a better life, and Jon has worked hard personally with the brand to make sure that they receive as much help as possible.

Who Is Jon Urbana?

Jon Urbana hails from Denver, with his bio to be found at the Next Level Lacrosse Camp website. Known for his successful stint as a Villanova lacrosse player, he has done so much in the sport and has developed a career that has grown to make him a successful coach in the sport. As a co-founder of the Next Level Lacrosse Camps, he continues to work very hard at what he does, sharing his knowledge with the world. Offering only the best training, he is known for being one of the top Facebook coaches in Colorado at this camp.

Urbana is quite an amazing airplane operator, according to the Aviation Business Gazette. His success as an athlete stems from his hard work ethic that he uses even today in his blogging and business ventures. He was a 2X NCAA All American player and considered the CAA Player of the Year playing for the Denver Outlaws. His collegiate and even professional career is what makes him such an amazing person in the sport of lacrosse.

His success in his sport continues to develop in the world of music. Having worked on several original tracks and remixes for the last few years, he continues to work hard at what he does whether it’s working on a crowdfunding campaign or a newly written song.

Take advantage of this opportunity to help out just one of the many crowdfunding campaigns online that he helps. All the money this campaign earns is going straight to ARAS.

Share the campaign’s official video as well!

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The Giving and Recieving of Bruce Levenson

Until last year, Bruce Levenson was the controlling owner of NBA franchise, the Atlanta Hawks. He did this after voluntarily confessing to a racist email he sent in 2012 in which he decried the fact that their large poor black person fan base was scaring away the rich white people. This admission came not long after Don Sterling, owner of the Clippers, was called out for a recorded racist conversation he had with his girlfriend. In the same email he expressed concern that everything done in the arena was primarily geared to the black crowd.

Levenson’s road to financial success has been a long one. He attended Washington University in St. Louis in the early 70s. He took night classes while also writing for the Washington Star. He finally graduated with a degree in Journalism. He was so good as a journalist that sources say he could have very well remained in that position and had one of the best journalistic careers in history. However, Levenson had other plans. In 1977, he and Ed Peskowitz co-founded United Communications Group. UCG was and is a company that provided business information to multiple companies.

UCG started small. When the partners first founded it, the it printed a oil business information newsletter out of Levenson’s apartment. From there it grew profoundly and quickly, constantly adding businesses to their client list. This company is today one of the largest privately owned companies in the world, providing information over two million clients in many diverse types of businesses. Forbes billionaire Bruce Levenson has made many investments, but it is primarily UCG that has made him currently worth in the neighborhood of $500 million.

Some of these investments have been enormously lucrative and well publicized. In 2004, he and Peskowitz formed the investment team, Atlanta Spirit LLC, with the goal of purchasing the Atlanta Hawks. In addition to his financial investments, Levenson has also been extremely generous with his time and money. It is not surprising that the Washington D.C. area that has played such a big role in his life should be the main focal point of his generosity. He was, after all, born, raised, educated, and began his career here. One of his favorite charities is I Have a Dream Foundations which encourages and aids low-income children in pursuing their higher educational dreams. He currently sits as its president. He also has a strong hand in Community Foundation of Washington, D.C. and Hoop Dreams Foundation. Levenson’s Jewish heritage has also played a decisive role. He was a founding donor of the U.S. Holocaust Museum and Bringing the Lessons Home Program. This second teaches inner-city kids about the holocaust and lessons that can be learned from one of the greatest tragedies of human history.

For his great work in furthering holocaust awareness, Levenson has earned multiple honorary awards from Israel. But he isn’t done yet. Levenson is clear that he has no intention of ceasing his philanthropic works. He currently resides with his family in Maryland.