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The Fine Art of Giving Back: Dick DeVos and Charity

Charitable giving is itself an art. The expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts is the latest example.

The project reached its fundraising goal so quickly that the target has now been raised by $50 million. The funds will go towards an expansion of the center itself, but also a riverfront pavilion. A pedestrian bridge will link the two. The enhancements to the center will include three new pavilions, spaces for education and rehearsal, as well as offices and dining space. The initial fundraising goal was $125 million. By September, 2015, the total raised had topped $135.9 million. A good portion was contributed by the co-founder of the Carlyle Group, David Rubenstien. His $50M donation outstripped other enormous donations from The Boeing Company, Jacqueline Mars, and Stephen and Christine Schwarzman.

Among other contributions was a sizable check from Dick and Betsy DeVos.

Since its start in 1989, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has consistently supported education, community, the arts, justice, and leadership in Western Michigan and beyond. These causes have long been passions for the DeVos family. But art has taken on a special significance.

Since 2009, the DeVos foundation has sponsored the ArtPrize festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The exhibition runs 19 days and covers over three square miles in middle of the city. Public votes count towards the award of a $200,000 grand prize. In 2013, ArtPrize hosted over 400,000 visitors, giving thousands of artists, unknown and otherwise, the chance to display their works to an enthusiastic audience.

Then, there’s the West Michigan Aviation Academy. Since 2010 it’s been a center of inquiry for those interested not only in aviation, but also science, engineering, technology, and math. Students get to see ideas and principles become real in a way that itself resembles art.

I can’t pass up an opportunity to celebrate Dick DeVos‘ dedication to the contributions of his fellow Dutch-Americans. The DeVos foundation supports the New Netherlands Institute in New York, where artists like Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and even Eddie Van Halen are honored for their contributions and Dutch heritage.

Thus, the act of giving is itself an art. Philanthropy requires intense scrutiny and discernment if the contribution is to have any lasting, positive effect. A charitable gift is an idea made real in some way. It only makes sense DeVos would support the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Stephen Murray Leaves a Legacy

Stephen Murray, who was the CEO of CCMP Capital has left a great example for people to follow. He has shown a lot of skill when it comes to financial management. Among the assets that he has invested in was private equity. He was also a philanthropist that was involved in many different activities that helped to improve lives.

He is someone who has a sound investment strategy that is very profitable. He has brought a lot of success to CCMP Capital. People will do well to follow his example in the market of growth equity transactions as well as buyout.

Stephen Murray has studied economics in Boston College and received a degree. He then gained a masters degree in business administration when he went to Columbia Business School. His education has shown in the way he ran his firm.

He has made a lot of profitable choices in investing because his education has taught him what to look for when trying to make a decision about whether to move forward in the buyout transaction or otherwise. He has also served on the board of many different companies such as AMC Entertainment, The Vitamin Shoppe, Aramark and plenty of other companies.

As with other prominent successful people, Stephen Murray CCMP Capital has supported a lot of charities and has participated in philanthropic activities. Among the charities he has supported was the MAke-A-Wish Foundation, the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, and other charities.

There are plenty of other non-profits that he has supported. The main thing is that he wanted to provide help for people who are struggling with different issues. Generosity is often a sign of success in any field. Stephen Murray was very generous and has been an example of the type of person to be in business, and in life.

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Labaton Sucharow is committed to protecting whistleblowers

Whistleblowers offer a vital service to society. They expose cheaters from around the corporate world and keep their actions from harming the world as a whole. Congress recently passed several laws that help corporate whistleblowers.

In 2010, Congress passed both the Consumer Protection Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. These acts were the largest overhaul of financial regulation in the United States since the Great Depression. The Dodd-Frank Act created a new whistleblower program. The program offers several employment protections and great financial incentives for whistleblowers. Whistleblowers that report on violations of federal securities laws to the SEC will receive significant financial incentives.

Labaton Sucharow was the first firm in the country to open an office that focused exclusively on SEC whistleblower cases. They know that whistleblowers play an amazing role in society, and they want to help protect them. The firm was already known for their amazing work on securities litigation. Their SEC Whistleblower Lawyers Practice will utilize an amazing team of investigators, forensic accountants, and financial analysts. The team is committed to representing whistleblowers in the best way possible, and that requires the firm to confirm every whistleblower report.

The firm will work with state and local law enforcement from the moment you walk in their door. By working with the proper authorities they ensure that their clients receive the best possible protection.

The SEC program offers amazing rewards to whistleblowers. People that step forward are entitled to as much as 30% of the SEC sanctions. This legislation makes being an SEC whistleblower incredibly lucrative. Whistleblowers are also entitled to a cut of all the sanctions placed by state and local law enforcement. The Dodd-Frank Act also prohibits employers from retaliating against whistleblowers. Whistleblowers even have the right to report violations anonymously.

These protections are incredible, but whistleblowers need an amazing firm on their side. The team at Labaton Sucharow is committed to ensuring that their clients receive the best possible representation. They know that whistleblowers need a guiding hand through every situation.

Labaton Sucharow has reached the top of the whistleblower representation industry by hiring the best possible team members. The practice is lead by Jordan A. Thomas. Jordan has a great reputation and he once worked with the SEC to catch financial criminals and keep everyone’s money safe. Today, he is proud to work with Labaton Sucharow to protect whistleblowers.

Whistleblowers perform a vital service in society, and Labaton Sucharow is committed to protecting them.

Beneful Originals Dry Dog Food

Beneful Original Dry Dog Food With Real Beef

With real farm-raised beef as the number one ingredient, this dog food will be a favorite at meal time. It is accented with real spinach, peas, and carrots. Add some whole grains, and this food makes a completely balanced meal. Available on Amazon in 3.5, 6.3, 13, 15.5, 31.1, and 44 pound bags.

Beneful Original Dry Dog Food With Real Chicken
In this original formula, Beneful takes real, farm-raised chicken and adds in accents of carrots, tomatoes, and avocados. Whole grains make this blend an entire meal in one food. Available in 3.5, 6.3, 15.5, and 31.1 pound bags.

Beneful Original Dry Dog Food With Real Salmon
This original dry dog food contains real salmon blended with sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots, and whole grains. A complete meal, the fatty acids of the fish are great for dogs’ hair and skin. Available in 3.5, 6.3, 31.1, and 44 pound bags.

Beneful Healthy Weight Dry Dog Food With Real Chicken
Some dogs need a little help keeping the extra pounds off and this blend, with ten percent fewer calories than Beneful Originals, is just the blend to do it. Real farm-raised chicken is the number one ingredient and is accented with healthy ingredients like whole grains, apples, carrots, and green beans. Available in 3.5, 6.3, 15.5, 31.1, 40 and 44 pound bags.

Beneful Healthy Puppy Dry Dog Food With Real Chicken
Puppies need special food to help their growing and energetic little bodies. Puppies will love this blend with real chicken, as the number one ingredient, accented with peas and carrots. Available in 3.5, 6.3, and 15.5 pound bags. Beneful is a product of Nestle Purinastore.

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Mark Sparks : Thinking Outside the Box with Spark Tank

In case you haven’t heard Mark Sparks is an amazing entrepreneur based in Dallas, Texas. Mark Sparks is of humble origins, but he has managed to reach the top of the business world through a wide variety of highly successful, highly creative businesses.

Not only is he known for his success in business, but his generosity in charity. Today I’d like to tell you about Mark Sparks and his backgrounds, but also about his current project Spark Tank, and innovative way to provide funding and support to social entrepreneurs.

Marc Sparks grew up in Austin, Texas and never stood out much in academics. After all, he was a C student in high school. Nevertheless, Marc was able to make use of his Street Smarts in the business world. Today Mark owns a number of highly successful enterprises ranging from a handcrafted vodka company to a national sulfone distributor to a private equity firm. He has shared his business knowledge in the 2014 page turning how to business book “They Can’t Eat You: my Unorthodox Path to Outrageous Success”.

Over 15 years ago Marc met Lynne Spiora and together they took the rundown homeless shelter in McKinney, Texas and turned it into a 3 million Dollar enterprise feeding over 200 people a day. Read more: @msparks5010 and Marc Sparks – Dallas, Texas, United States, Timber Creek Capital

They called it Samaritan Inn. In addition to that, they also built a transitional living apartment complex in North Texas and are in the process of building a $7 million family shelter. Learning from these experiences they want to help other social entrepreneurs. For that reason they have started Spark Tank.

Having a strong bond with social entrepreneurs that want to make the world a better place Marc and Lynne started Spark Tank to fund grants and oversee accountability from a non-profit management perspective. Applicants must make a 10 minute presentation on their project and present means by which success can be measured. All interested applicants should apply before July, 15th.

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