The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts relies on donations to keep its doors open. Each year, a certain fundraising goal is set to help with a variety of projects including expansions. This past year, the center has surpassed its $50 million goal by several million. With all of the funds rolling in, the approvals for building a riverfront pavilion and pedestrian bridge has been given a green light.
Some of the wealthiest philanthropists and businessmen in the world give annually to the Kennedy Center. Each year, fundraising efforts reach new levels. Beginning in 2013 David Rubenstein’s Carlyle Group set the bar with a $50 million donation. While no one has matched that number, the money continues to flow in. Aside from Rubenstein, some of the highest donations were from:
- The Boeing Co. $20 million
- Jacqueline Mars, Stephen and Christine Schwarzmann $10 million
- Natalie and Herb Kohler, Michael and Noemi Niedorff, Suzanne Niedland and The Centene Charitable Foundation
- The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation $1 million
Richard “Dick DeVos,” son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos Sr., heads one of the wealthiest families in the state of Michigan. He and his family are longtime philanthropists, who believe in giving back. Their foundation has given millions of dollars toward the arts, education and expansion projects throughout country. The DeVos Foundation has given money towards the building of several charter schools. It has also provided scholarship money to many students, who don’t have the financial means to go to college.
To learn more, visit http://dickdevos.com/.