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Education
Program Encourages Boy Scouts’ STEM Education

A new program aims to prepare West Michigan Boy Scouts for jobs in science and technology. The local Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday announced its Build Character Today, Lead Tomorrow campaign.

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Sailing
Melges 32 Lauderdale Cup – Overall

Congratulations to Dick DeVos on Volpe as he is the 2016 Melges 32 Lauderdale Cup Champion, simultaneously snapping up the first ever Blue Water Series Ranking Champion title.

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Foundation
Billionaire Rich DeVos is GVSU’s largest donor at $36M

In the past three decades, Rich DeVos and his family have donated $36 million to Grand Valley State University. The extent of the Michigan billionaire’s financial support of the Grand Rapids-area public university is being revealed for the first time.

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Foundation
How and why Amway’s DeVos family gives away billions

The DeVos family for the first time is shedding light on the totality of its philanthropy: nearly $1.2 billion in lifetime giving.

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News
Van Andel Arena is a Catalytic Anchor

Several projects have created a new identity for Grand Rapids over the past two decades.

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Education
Delta, aviation school team to train future pilots

The Delta Air Lines Foundation and West Michigan Aviation Academy recently celebrated the Foundation’s $150,000 grant to the school for the purchase of a Cessna 172 to train future pilots.

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Project Clarity
How Betsy DeVos’ paddle boarding led to $12M plan to clean up Lake Macatawa

Project Clarity is an extensive plan to restore the Lake Macatawa watershed, for the benefit of the environment and the community overall.

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News
Dick DeVos Weighs in on House of Cards, Family’s Chicago Cubs Purchase

Dick DeVos is a fan of the Chicago Cubs, but not the political drama House of Cards.

That makes sense, since his family bought a stake in the former and the family business was joked about by the latter.

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Amway’s DeVos Family Buys Stake in Chicago Cubs

Rich DeVos and his family are branching out into Major League Baseball. The billionaire Amway co-founder has bought a minority stake in the Chicago Cubs, a spokesman for the Ada-based multi-level marketing giant confirmed Tuesday evening.

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Foundation
Endeavor’s Goal: Make Firms Grow

The global nonprofit Endeavor is launching an affiliate here to help firms that are on the cusp of extraordinary growth.

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News
Dick DeVos Shares Success of Right-to-Work at 2014 West Michigan Policy Forum

Less than two years ago, Governor Snyder and lawmakers in Lansing took a bold step, standing up for Michigan workers, standing up for Michigan jobs.

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Foundation
Downtown Market One Year In

It has been a year since the market in downtown Grand Rapids opened for business. Even in the middle of a holiday weekend, the Downtown Market was still very much alive.

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