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Douglas & Maria DeVos Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-05-29

At A Glance

Douglas & Maria DeVos Foundation

P.O. Box 230257

Grand Rapids, MI United States 49523-0257

Telephone: (616) 643-4700


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $100,927,797

Total giving: $16,563,072






Established in 1992 in MI - The foundation was founded in 1992 by Doug and Maria DeVos to provide support to those areas that are close to their hearts

Purpose and Activities

The foundation seeks to share the importance of their Christian faith by building holistic and sustainable communities that empower youth and families to prosper physically, intellectually, and spiritually. Foundation focus areas include youth, family and community.

Program Area(s)

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


The foundation works with programs that are striving to enhance the sustainability of the vibrant culture and quality of life in and around the city of Grand Rapids. Emphasis is given to those that focus on developing an individual's capacity to meet their daily needs as well as grow intellectually and emotionally. Priority for this funding is in the following areas: 1) health & human service programs that are working to address major issues facing those living within the local community; 2) neighborhood development/improvement programs that help make the community more livable and sustainable; 3) public policy & advocacy programs that strive to bring key issues to the forefront of discussion and societal change; and 4) strategic community projects that help West Michigan enhance its cultural and economic vitality and sustainability.


The foundation looks for programs that are strengthening the bond of families by meeting their spiritual, emotional and physical needs. Priority for this funding is in the following areas: 1) Evangelistic opportunities that provide a greater understanding and application of the teachings of Jesus Christ; 2) programs that enhance the life-skills and technical abilities for those that are unemployed and underemployed; 3) housing and shelters for those who are otherwise faced with homelessness as a result of circumstances outside of their control; and 3) programs that strengthen the bonds of family.


The goal of this program area is to provide every young person with opportunities to acquire the emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual skills to become productive members of our society. Great attention is given to programs that serve young people who are at risk of failure due to their socio-economic situation. Priority for this funding is in the following areas: 1) literacy and early-childhood programs that give all children the necessary foundation to succeed in school and life; 2) educational opportunities for every person to have access to quality learning environments; 3) youth centers, clubs and camps that give young people an environment to build the necessary skills to lead a productive life; and 4) mentoring, counseling, and other personal intervention programs that provide encouragement and skill-building to young people in the course of their personal development.

Fields of Interest

  • Christianity
  • Community and economic development
  • Family services
  • Health
  • Human services
Population Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $100,927,797 (market value)

Gifts received: $10,000,000

Expenditures: $20,513,236

Total giving: $16,563,072

Qualifying distributions: $20,824,256