I recently read an article on the Kennedy Center expansion project in the Washington Business Journal. The article discussed many aspects of the projects and gave a list of donors who had given 1 million dollars or more. The article was informative and interesting to read. http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/breaking_ground/2015/09/whos-giving-the-kennedy-center-millions.html
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performance Center, or Kennedy Center as it is more commonly known, was opened in 1971. There is a planned expansion of the center that was originally estimated to cost 125 million dollars. The building of the expansion was going to cost 100 million and the funding and expansion of programs to the new area was going to cost 25 million.?
The expansion is set to include expansion of the main building to include more pavilion spaces, more educational space, more rehearsal space and increased space for dining. There will be a new riverfront pavilion that is linked to the main center by a foot bridge. The project had already been approved. The goal was to raise all the funds needed by getting contributions.?
The article explained the amazing amount of support the projects fundraising had received from philanthropists like Dick DeVos. It was amazing that they had already surpassed their original goal of 125 million. They have raised 135.9 million already and just increased their goal. They have added another 50 million to the original goal based on the amazing response that they have received.
Among the large donors that I read about in the article were the Boeing company and The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. DeVos has long been a philanthropist. The former president of Amway’s foundation works towards helping to fund various charities and causes. In fact, they have donated to the Kennedy Center before. In 2010, they donated 22.5 million to the center. At that time is was the center’s largest private donation in history.
The DeVos also have established scholarships for business students and fund an aviaition high school that Dick founded to give opportunities for underpriviledged kids to pursue their dreams of flying. DeVos is highly engaged in his community as you can see from his social media accounts such as his Twitter where he often posts messages encouraging members of his community in their efforts and successes.
The Kennedy Center will continue to grow with the help of generous people like Dick DeVos. The philanthropy of the DeVos foundation?will help the center continue to be a place were arts are cherished, developed and appreciated.