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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

Empowering Youth

Empowering Youth

Base Camp Urban Outreach

Equipping youth for the journey ahead.

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Championing Families

Championing Families

Safe Haven Ministries

Helping women and children find freedom from domestic abuse.

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Enriching Community

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.

Believe 2 Become

A collaborative partnership of students, parents, families, schools, and community organizations working together to help all young people achieve academic success.

Educational Network of Greater Grand Rapids

EDNET supports teachers and administrators in providing excellent and equitable educational experiences for all children in Grand Rapids, Kentwood, and Wyoming.

Gatherings of Hope

A faith-based collaborative partnership of churches and learning institutions working together to strengthen congregations, inspire healthy families, and enrich pastoral and family leadership.


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.


A business training experience for people with an idea to start and succeed in their own business.

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.


Thank you for your interest in youth, families, and community. Our application will reopen on February 1, 2021.

The Foundation is pleased to share we will soon launch a new Grants Management System to provide an improved grant application experience. Due to this enhancement, the Foundation will pause acceptance of online applications from Monday, December 21, 2020 through Sunday, January 31, 2021. The new Grants Management System is scheduled to be active on February 1, 2021. If you have questions, please contact the Foundation at (616) 643-4700 or


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