One of the most prominent families that is generous as well as growing in their legacy is a family that is known as the DeVos family, a family that currently resides in Michigan and is well respected within the community for being involved in activities and for helping the local economy grow. Of the many members of the DeVos family, one individual in particular stands out for his skills within the world of business as well as for his generosity and his ability to promote and to support many important initiatives within the United States such as the education initiative.
Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos, the creator as well as the developer of a company that is known as Amway Corporation. Amway Corporation has had several decades of success thanks to Richard as well as Dick DeVos and will continue to have a positive reputation with the many generations to come. Even at a young age, Dick DeVos knew exactly what he wanted to do and decided to follow the footsteps of his father. Dick DeVos loves his father and respects his father within the world of business and has made sure that he has kept his family as well as his family legacy in mind with every decision that he has made.
Dick DeVos is not only a prominent businessman, but he is also a generous supporter of many worthy initiatives that have been created in order to make communities better throughout the United States. Of the many initiatives that Dick DeVos supports, the education initiative has received countless donations from Dick DeVos due to the fact that Dick DeVos believes in a direct education between education as well as economic growth. Dick DeVos wants to improve the education system in order to make education available to all individuals who truly want to learn.
With this motivation, Dick DeVos has supported countless education initiatives and has even donated millions of dollars to not only create scholarships in his name, but to also build schools that promise a high quality education to each of the students. Dick DeVos believes that a high quality education should be offered to those that really deserve the education rather than to those that have money within the family to pay for the education. Though Dick DeVos comes from a prominent family, Dick DeVos knows what it is like to work hard.
James Dondero, the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, L.P. has announced a new challenge grant through the philanthropic arm of his company, Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc. Dondero’s company is an SEC registered investment advisory company that is one of the top in its field. Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc, the philanthropy arm of the company, invests in both local and national non-profits.
The challenge campaign is a matching program, with Highland Dallas Foundation matching 50% of funds donated, up to $1 million dollars. The beneficiary of this grant is The Family Place, which supports victims of family violence in Dallas. The announcement was made October 4th, thus covering the last 6 months of the campaign by Family Place
When kicking off the challenge grant, Dondero praises The Family Place and their efforts. Dondero feels that not only are they a lifesaving program, but one that has managed their fundraising well, making them great recipients, and thus multiplying the efforts of people who are currently donating funds.
The Legacy Campaign by The Family House is supporting building a new counseling center for family violence victims. The center will be named for Ann Moody. It will offer many different services, including emergency shelter and family violence prevention education programs for all ages. It will even include an animal shelter for those who do not want to leave animals behind in an abusive situation.
James Dondero’s promise will help bring The Family House Legacy Campaign much closer to completion and have the services needed by Dallas that much closer to being available. With only $2.8 million dollars more needed, his $1 million dollar promise is valuable help for a needed project.
Adam Milstein’s foundation is one of the most influential Jewish-American philanthropic organizations. The work they have done has touched many lives and impacted many age groups. The Milstein foundation has three core beliefs that include active philanthropy, path life impact and philanthropic synergy. Adam Milstein doesn’t just want his foundation to be a financial supporter of Jewish organizations, he wants to be actively promoting pro-Israel agendas, educating young people about their Jewish roots and teaching them about customs and traditions, and forging ties between various community leaders and philanthropists. Adam has recently been named to the Jerusalem Post’s Top 50 Most Influential Jews of 2016, an honor that’s included Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
His parents had both lived in Latin America and had decided to move to Israel after it became a recognized nation-state in 1948. Adam and his father both fought in some of Israel’s most notable wars of the early years. His father served in the Israeli navy prior to becoming a building framer, and Adam joined then Commander Ariel Sharon’s division during his mandatory service in the Yom Kippur War.
Adam Milstein pursued a career in real estate after returning home from the war, and enrolled at the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology where he completed his bachelor’s degree. He also married his sweetheart, Gila Elgrably during this time. Adam’s career began in the real estate and construction business at various properties in Israel, working along with his father. He then relocated to the US where he completed his MBA and became a professional in the Los Angeles area and joined Hager Pacific Properties. Adam and Gila started the foundation in the year 2000, and have also served on the boards of the Israeli-American Council (IAC), Hasbara Fellowships, Stand With Us, Birthright Israel, Hillel International and the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).