Category: Philanthropy

Jason Hope Has Hope for the Future

For many people but not all, the science of the internet is vastly becoming a bigger and more influential part of their everyday lives. And, as this influence grows, the realm of the wireless internet seems to be more popular and useful, in the events of everyday lives. According to Gartner Inc., the future holds billions of possibilities when it comes to the connections made between the mechanics of traditional machines and new high-tech devices. Some captains of industry are betting on the power of Bluetooth Beacon technology to push service solutions through in the airline industry, with innovation.

One of these captains of industry happens to be Jason Hope info. And, he has a few ideas where these innovations can improve safety and efficiency for passengers that often travel by airlines. Safety first, so the saying goes. And, when it comes to the safe operation of an airplane, Beacon technology is able to inform ground crews of maintenance procedures that need to be performed. This technology can also alert to a particular condition of an airplane that is being over looked before it ever takes off. These beacons can also allow customers check in faster and let them know about the conditions of emergency equipment. Beacon technology is scheduled to work well with baggage handling, by letting customers know where their luggage is at all times.

But not every innovation is about beacon technology. GE Aviation, is in the works on a system that is designed for fuel efficiency. This system’s function is to collect information on routes, trajectory, terrain and other conditions to come up with better ways to travel when similar condition arise.Things like this are just some of the progresses in business that Jason Hope (@Twitter jasonhope) likes to invest in and see come together. It is all about envisioning better and more useful technologies that help people, for him. That is why does things like pledge 500,000 USD (United States Dollars) to the SENS foundation to help develop biotechnologies.

Dick DeVos: The Kind Hearted Business Tycoon

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dick DeVos is a well-known entrepreneur and businessman. His father, Richard DeVos, is the 67th richest person in the United States, whose net worth is currently at approximately $5.1 billion. He is also the husband of Betsy DeVos, the current United States Secretary of Education. Dick DeVos is a brilliant businessman in his own right, working with different companies through the years. His first stint was with Amway, where he initially held positions with research, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and finance until he became one of the company’s vice president. He managed to triple the company’s sales, and when he left his position six years later, the annual sales have grown from 5% to an astounding 50%.


His family then acquired the Orlando Magic basketball franchise in 1991, and he joined the team’s organization, but soon left to be reunited once again with Amway and succeed his father as the company’s president. He outperformed the previous record that he had with the company and made it stronger, with its presence seen in 50 countries. Dick DeVos would soon join two other organizations – Alticor, which is Amway that was restructured, and The Windquest Group, an investment management firm.


Aside from working in the business sector, Dick DeVos is also active in the field of politics. He also spends a fraction of his time doing philanthropic works, and because of this, he always gets a lot of attention all over the United States of America, mainly because of their staggering amount of political donations. However, Dick DeVos is not even startled by these happenings at all, and just keeps on helping out, landing them the 24th spot as one of America’s Top Givers.


His philanthropic works prioritize education. Dick DeVos, along with his wife, are allotting their time and money to improve the state of education in their country. They use the influence of their foundation in order for them to be able to give scholarships and cash vouchers to students to wanted to study. The normal setting for this option would be the foundation would give in cash vouchers to students who cannot afford to pay the tuition fee at a private school buy still, they wanted to learn. Then, their studies would be funded publicly.


Dick Devos likes to donate his fortune to school, in order to strengthen the belief that education is really important. Some of his beneficiaries were the Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Leaning, Northwood University in Midland, Potter’s House in Wyoming, West Michigan Aviation Academy, and Rehoboth Christian School, each of them receiving an amount between $25,000 to $315,000.


Along with his wife, their philanthropic works is also focusing itself into different fields of society such as arts and culture, civic, community, leadership, public policy, health, and churches, with the church receiving the least chunk of their wealth.


Dick DeVos continues to become a philanthropist, focusing on education, trying to help mankind one at a time.


Business Executive, Community Leader, Family Man

Dick DeVos is a man of many accomplishments. Besides a long and successful career in business, he has many accomplishments as a community leader and is a devoted family man.

DeVos’ business career includes executive positions with the Windquest Group, The Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association, and Amway.

He is currently President of the Windquest Group.

As Vice President of Amway International, DeVos supervised operations in 18 countries. Under DeVos’ leadership, Amway reached new markets and, for the first time, exceeded domestic sales. It also tripled international sales.

When he became President of Amway, a position he held from 1993 to 2002, DeVos was in charge of all operations on six continents and 50 countries. In DeVos’ last fiscal year, Amway’s sales reached $4.5 billion.

DeVos’ family acquired the Orlando Magic in 1991. He served as President and CEO for three years.

Dick DeVos is not only a successful businessman. He has led many community initiatives.

He founded the Education Freedom Fund, awarding scholarships to Michigan’s underprivileged (more than 4,000 awarded). He established the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a high school offering education with a focus on aviation. And he has served on the State Board of Education.

DeVos has been chair/co-chair of revitalization projects in downtown Grand Rapids and regional health care improvements. These improvements include a $212 million convention center, a $75 million arena, a $90 million medical school, a $30 million Downtown Market, and a $130 million heart hospital.

He ran for Governor as a Republican candidate in 2006.

In 1997 he published his book “Rediscovering American Values,” a New York Times bestseller. It is available in seven languages.

DeVos is a graduate of Northwood University, a two-time National champion sailor, and a pilot of jet aircraft and helicopters.

Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy have been married for 35 years. They have seven children and five grandchildren.

Tracing the Source of the Millions for the Kennedy Center Fundraising Campaign

The fundraising campaign aimed at the expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts that started back in 2013 with an aim of raising $125 million has so far surpassed its aim. Despite it blowing off its goals, it has added another $50 million to its target. The campaign has so far managed to lock up over $135.9 million to be used for the project. The project will include the construction of a riverfront, pedestrian bridge linking the Kennedy Center to the Pavilion. It will also expand the center, which was opened in 1971, with three other new pavilions, rehearsal and educational spaces, dining space and offices.


David Rubenstein, the Co-Founder of Carlyle Group, who is also the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Kennedy Center set the ball rolling by giving a $50 million donation back in 2013. No other person or entity has matched that level of generosity but the money is still trickling in. Notable donors to the fundraising include: The Boeing Co., $20 million, $10 million from Stephen and Christine Schwarzman and Jacqueline Mars. $5 million has been donated from a number of family and charitable foundations. Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation and other entities have donated $1 million each.


Charity Work and Life of Dick DeVos


Dick DeVos schooled in Forest Hills Public Schools before joining the Northwood University. In 1974, he started working for Amway Corporation and held various positions in several of its divisions. In the year 1984, he made it to the post of Vice President of the Amway International and in this position, he helped it expand into 18 countries. In the year 1991, he became the President and also CEO of Orlando Magic basketball Franchise. In 1993, Dick returned back to Amway as the President and helped it record great profitability and sales.


He and his wife, Betsy DeVos, are currently involved actively with their private venture, The Windquest Group, based in Michigan and deals in Investment Management. Dick DeVos is a philanthropist and together with his wife, they own the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, where he is the President. The foundation is based in Grand Rapids area and has donated a lot of dollars to artistic, civil, educational, religious, free market economic and community organizations, since 1990. In 2010, Dick and Betsy DeVos committed around $22.5 million to help the Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management. It was renamed to the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, based in the Kennedy Center.