Betsy DeVos’ Generous Philanthropy

According to Forbes Magazine, Betsy and Dick DeVos have given away over $1.2 billion in their lifetime through their foundation. The couple’s strong interest in Western Michigan is apparently because over 66 percent of their donations stay in that area. A look at their largest donations shows that the couple strongly supports education which is not surprising considering that Betsy DeVos is now serving as the United States Secretary of Education.

Hope College

Hope College received $3.1 million from the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. This small Christian college located in Holland, Michigan, strives to instill the value of living by faith in every student attending there.

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University located in Allendale, Michigan, received a grant of $2.9 million from the foundation. This college is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being one of the top universities in the Midwest. Forbes Magazine has also named it one of the best colleges in America. This college is especially well known for its fine arts and music programs.

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Spectrum Hospital Health Foundation and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

The Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation also gave $2.6 million to Spectrum Hospital Health Foundation. This program funds facilities, programs, and equipment for many Michigan hospitals. Additionally, the couple’s foundation gave another $2.1 million to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation operated by Spectrum Hospital Health. The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is their mission to provide Michigan’s poor children with more access to primary health care.

ArtPrize

The couple through their foundation has been very instrumental in getting ArtPrize started in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Over $500,000 in prize money is awarded annually. Therefore, artists from over 40 states and 44 countries have had their work exhibited in over 170 venues around the downtown Grand Rapids’ area. This event draws a large crowd to downtown Grand Rapids every year. Visit dbdvfoundation.org to know more about their foundation.

Political Contributions

Dick and Betsy DeVos also give large amounts of money annually to Republican party candidates and political action committees. Before the presidential elections of 2016, the family gave over $10 million dollars trying to get Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush or Carly Fiorina elected. They also supported Freedom Partners Action Fund and American Crossroads during the election cycle.

Lori Senecal Sets Up Structure And Prepares A New Leadership Team

One thing that could be said for Lori Senecal is that she knows how to lay the ground work. She has taken CP+B and changed how everything works so that people will be more efficient in bringing forth the results the clients need. This has brought forth a lot of growth in the company. Also, clients have seen the difference in this company. Therefore, people are able to enjoy greater success in their company. Lori Senecal has come in with a purpose. Her purpose was to get others to see their purpose in the industries they are working in. Since she has managed that, she has begun the next phase of her leadership.

One thing that made Lori Senecal so effective is that she is someone who is not afraid of being uncomfortable. When she has taken on the advertising industry, she has already learned the value of taking on new challenges so that she can grow. She has also become accustomed to being in uncomfortable circumstances so that she can learn from it. After all, business and advertising is generally uncomfortable. When people do everything they can to stay in their comfort zone, they miss some really amazing opportunities for growth and success. More details can be found on Adweek.

In her eagerness to grow, Lori has set up a good structure for her business to follow. This is the one thing that has helped her grow and succeed in her career. She has maintained structure and kept herself organized in her efforts so that she can actually make progress. This is a lot better than when people take a chaotic approach to their work. Lori knows her strengths and she is always playing to her strengths so that she achieves greater goals in her career. Her new leadership team will hopefully continue this structured way of running business.