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The Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation is committed to helping youth, families, and the community in Greater Grand Rapids obtain the resources and tools to achieve their full potential.

Grantee Overview

Base Camp 11

Empowering Youth

Base Camp Urban Outreach

Equipping youth for the journey ahead.

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Grantee 3

Championing Families

Safe Haven Ministries

Helping women and children find freedom from domestic abuse.

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Habitat

Enriching Community

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County

Revitalizing the community through homeownership.

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Focused Impact Work

Amplify GR

A nonprofit organization that helps coordinate and support the efforts of interconnected organizations and partners whose collective work will help build a safe, healthy, and economically robust community in southeast Grand Rapids.

amplifygr.org

HireReach

A three-year initiative designed to help West Michigan employers meet their talent demands using an evidence-based selection process proven to increase quality of hire, reduce first-year turnover, and improve workforce diversity.

hirereach.org

SpringGR

SpringGR trains, mentors, and provides networking opportunities for underserved entrepreneurs, supporting its belief in people and their creative capacity and focusing on individuals with access to fewer resources.

springgr.com

Urban Church Leadership Center

A personal and professional development center that equips church leaders with training, coaching, and learning resources to serve and build strong churches and healthy families.

urbanchurchcenter.org

About Us

The Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation was established in 1992 as an avenue to provide support for the causes that are closest to Doug and Maria’s hearts: youth, family, and the community in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Doug and Maria DeVos, natives of Grand Rapids, Michigan, share a rich history of supporting the community through business and philanthropic endeavors.

Doug served as President of Amway from 2002-2018 and is a graduate of Purdue University. Currently, Doug co-chairs Amway’s Board of Directors, chairs the Executive Committee for the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, and serves as the vice chair of the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations, an organization he formerly led as chairman. He is also involved in numerous business and civic organizations, including the Business Leaders for Michigan, West Michigan Policy Forum, and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

Maria is a leading advocate for the health, safety, education, and development of children. Her community work and ongoing philanthropic support aim to strengthen opportunities for children by helping build strong neighborhoods that connect people with schools, churches, job training, and local services. Maria’s advocacy is reflected in her service on several boards, including the Student Advancement Foundation, the Spectrum Health Foundation, the Advisory Board for the West Michigan Youth Ballet, and the Parents’ Athletic Council for Wake Forest University. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University.

Following the example of servant-leadership established by Jesus Christ, Doug and Maria seek to offer real opportunities – to learn, grow, and serve – to children, families, and the community. Strong believers in the God-given potential of every person and the power of high expectations, Doug and Maria seek to create an environment in which optimistic attitudes and confident actions cultivate success.

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Thank you for your interest in youth, families, and community.

So many wonderful organizations and congregations are doing important and effective work on all three of these fronts in our community and beyond. We greatly appreciate your contributions of time and talent.

With hundreds of requests each year, the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation primarily focuses its support on partners in the Greater Grand Rapids area who are closely aligned with our three areas of giving. Requests can be submitted at any time. They are reviewed on a rolling basis, and the process generally takes 3-4 months from application submission to notification. To have your request considered before the end of the calendar year, please submit it before July 1. For more information, please review our answers to frequently asked questions.

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