Following in the footsteps of our parents, we aim to be faithful servants.
Our work focuses on education, community, the arts, justice, and leadership.
In response to the financial blessing they have received, Dick and Betsy DeVos launched their foundation in 1989 as a vehicle for charitable giving.
Dick DeVos is very active in the community, including serving as a board member of the Spectrum Health System, Project Clarity (advisory), West Michigan Aviation Academy, American Enterprise Institute, and Willow Creek Association. Dick is also actively involved with The Windquest Group, a Michigan-based, privately-held investment management firm with diversified projects in technology, manufacturing, clean-tech industry, hospitality, and nonprofit solutions.
Betsy DeVos is a champion for excellent education for all students, regardless of their location or socioeconomic level. Most recently, Betsy served as the Secretary of Education.
Betsy and Dick have been married for over 40 years. They have four children and ten grandchildren.
Our faith motivates our giving; it is integral to who we are and what we do.
Our giving is centered in cultivating leadership, accelerating transformation, and leveraging support in five areas:
We endeavor to make West Michigan a desirable place to live by supporting efforts that lead to community transformation, improve community health, and provide support for essential community needs.
We strive to be a catalyst for positive change by expanding choices and improving access opportunities primarily in K-12 education.
Nationally and internationally, we build capacity in arts leaders and equip them to effectively manage and lead their organizations.
Fundamentally, we believe all people have the right and access to justice. We support organizations that help free, rescue, or provide access to the oppressed and the vulnerable.
With intention, we aim to train, equip, support, and develop leaders.
Our foundation is intentional in its investments.
We focus on the opportunities where our support can accomplish goals that we believe in.
Grant requests should be submitted through our online portal. Prior to submitting an application, please review the foundation’s areas of interest for alignment with your organization's work. The foundation’s trustees are unlikely to consider new grants to educational initiatives or organizations and organizations outside the greater Grand Rapids community unless they have received previous funding from the foundation.
For more information, please review our answers to frequently asked questions.
Requests are reviewed quarterly but may be submitted at any time. To have your request considered before the end of the calendar year, please submit prior to September 1.Submit Request