Skip to main content

The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation


Last Updated: 2015-02-17

At A Glance

The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation

P.O. Box 230257

Grand Rapids, MI United States 49523-0257

Telephone: (616) 643-4700

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business; Sports
  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $268,538

Total giving: $266,451




Incorporated in 1969 in MI.

Founded by Richard DeVos Sr., co-founder of Amway (restructured as Alticor, Inc. in 2000), a company that sells and manufactures health & beauty products. He is also the owner of the National Basketball Association's Orlando Magic.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation primarily supports the work of religious agencies, churches, and schools in ministry, outreach, and education. Its secondary focus includes social outreach, the arts, public policy, and health care. The foundation focuses its funding in the areas of western Michigan and central Florida.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Leadership Program

A program to identify and train emerging ministry leaders in local urban communities. Each year cities are selected to participate in this 15 month program which features a hands-on, dynamic learning experience for participants. Eight to twelve emerging leaders from each city are invited to participate.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Health
  • Public policy
  • Religion
  • Social sciences

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $268,538 (market value)

Gifts received: $3,335,000

Expenditures: $3,348,382

Total giving: $266,451

Qualifying distributions: $2,739,523

Giving activities include:

$266,451 for 52 grants (high: $60,000; low: $1,000)

$2,463,505 for 1 foundation-administered program