Philanthropic Causes Funded by Dick DeVos and His Family

Dick DeVos is a Michigan based businessman, entrepreneur, politician and philanthropist. For a long time now, Mr. DeVos has been in the forefront to contribute to various organizations engaging in charitable causes in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is estimated that together with his wife, Mrs. Betsy DeVos, they have contributed $139 million since they began philanthropic initiatives. For instance, in 2015, they donated $11.6 million to various charities according to information found on their foundation’s website. In fact, the larger DeVos’ family which is headed by Rich DeVos (Dick’s father) donated close to $104 million to charities in 2015. The family is recognized across the United States for its philanthropic donations.


Dick & Betsy’s donations have given priority to education followed by Arts and Culture. These were the programs which they funded heavily in 2015. According to Mr. DeVos, the current system of education in the United States is not capable of helping students realized their dream after completing school. Therefore, there was a need to seek other options like charter schools and educational choices in order to bring equity in the system. He further added that the quality of education accessed by students is based on the ZIP code where their homes are located. The educational choice fronted by Dick DeVos and his wife is supposed to address this inequality and also the non-performance of public educational institutions.


According to Mr. John Truscott, the spokesperson for the family, the report was a reflection of the how the family is transparent about their financial giving. He added that the report was still to be made public regardless of the nomination of Betsy DeVos to the Cabinet. Dick insists their aim is to impact positively the lives of other individuals, especially the less fortunate in the society. Potter’s House and Grand Rapids Christian School are some of the major schools that have benefited a lot from the couple’s donations. A few years ago, they launched an aviation-themed high school at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. In 2016, the school graduated the first group of students.


Changing the Face of Grand Rapids


Dick & Betsy DeVos are credited for transforming the face of Grand Rapids, more so economically. Through various programs and projects funded by the couple and their associates, the city has expanded tremendously. Dick DeVos was involved in the formation of the Grand Action, which comprises a group of leading business executives responsible for initiating numerous projects such as the DeVos Performance Hall, Van Adel Arena, Grand Rapids City Market and others. Currently, Dick serves as the Windquest Group’s president. He also held executive roles at Amway Corporation and Orlando Magic. He began his career in 1974 at the family owned business the Amway Corporation.


Paul Mampilly – An American Genius In Technology And Investment

Paul Mampilly is a proven investor. He is the senior editor at The Sovereign Society where he helps main street Americans to grow wealth through investments and technology. Mampilly founded the Capuchin consulting in 2013 where he has been working up to date. Capuchin consulting provides unique investment ideas that professional investors can use to make money. From February to December 2015, Mampilly was an author and an analyst of the professional speculator, a stock advisory service published by the Stansberry Research.

From March 2014 to January 2015, Mampilly was also an author and an analyst for Agra financial premier biotech. In October 2011 to December 2012, Mampilly served as an author and analyst of common sense publishing at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Since September 2006 to September 2011, Mampilly was a senior portfolio manager at Kinetics Asset Management on New York, where he helped in generating a $25 billion hedge fund.

For over 26 years, Paul Mampilly has served in many other areas. He has worked as a money manager in Royal Bank of Scotland, Swiss Bank and Bankers Trust. He has also worked as a director at the Templeton Foundation. Mampilly has over 25 years of hands-on experience working with money management.

Paul believes that by being a former Wall Street insider, he would carefully guide investors through the Wall Street jungle where there are people that can access the relevant information about successful companies. He acknowledged that through his knowledge and research, he had found out that stocks were going up due to various reasons such as wall street manipulation, technologies created by companies to solve known needs in the marketplace and also due to the fact that a company may have unknown edge that insiders and investors may be aware of.

Mampilly foresaw the technologies revolutionizing lives of investors by generating a huge investment opportunity for making monies. He encouraged investors to embrace the opportunities and generate wealth. He has invested a lot of time writing about technology and investment trends.

Paul Mampilly holds a degree in Financial Engineering from the School of Engineering in New York University Polytechnic. He also has Economics credentials from City University of New York. He has an MBA in Finance from the School of Business in Fordham Gabelli. Mampilly has worked for 40 years and took a retire to spend his time with family.

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Orange Coast College Announces The Blooming Of Its “Corpse Flower”

The “Corpse Flower” is one of the most endangered in the world and its blooming is one of the biggest events of the year for horticulturalists who hear of this plant coming into flower. Those with an interest in horticulture in California now have the chance to view and smell the corpse flower in all its glory as a specimen held by Orange Coast College is about to go into bloom and produce the odor this endangered species that only blooms for the first time after a decade of life.


Weighing up to 200 pounds, Amorphophallus titanum has been explained by the Director of Horticulture at Orange Coast College, Joe Stead as originally getting its unique corpse-like odor from the beetles that crawl inside to pollinate the flowers. “Little Dougie” as the “Corpse Flower” has become known is the second specimen from Orange Coast College to bloom, following “Little John’s” flowering in 2014 that brought thousands of visitors to the college for the 24 to 48 hours of blooming.


Despite being pollinated by hand at Orange Coast College the odor of rotting flesh has been retained in “Little Dougie” and is thought to be a major attraction for those looking to find out more about the history of this amazing plant; after the “Corpse Flower” has bloomed visiting hours will be extended to the Administrative building to 10 p.m. each night with a $3 donation to the Horticultural Department of the two year school.


Orange Coast College has a long history of academic and sporting success dating back to the 1950s when the institution just 40 miles south of Los Angeles saw its first building constructed from a design by Richard Neutra. The college offers a range of two-year courses in the arts and sciences, along with trade based certificates and courses offering a pathway to four-year colleges, such as the University of California and California State University.


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