It’s not Philanthropy, It’s Ideological and Class Warfare: How the DeVos Family Foundation contributions compliment their political donations

It’s not Philanthropy, It’s Ideological Warfare: How the DeVos Family Foundation contributions compliment their political donations
by Jeff Smith (GRIID)
In the early part of 2013, we set out to look at the role of foundations in West Michigan , particularly those that are connected to the wealthiest families in the area.

During that investigation we relied on the 2009 – 2011 990 reports that all foundations and non-profits must submit, which provides information for the public. These public disclosures are meant to provide a certain amount of transparency, although there is still plenty that is hidden from plain sight.
Read the full blog post here: https://griid.org/2016/10/27/its-not-philanthropy-its-ideological-warfare-how-the-devos-family-foundation-contributions-compliment-their-political-donations/

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

In the early part of 2013, we set out to look at the role of foundations in West Michigan, particularly those that are connected to the wealthiest families in the area. 

During that investigation we relied on the 2009 – 2011 990 reports that all foundations and non-profits must submit, which provides information for the public. These public disclosures are meant to provide a certain amount of transparency, although there is still plenty that is hidden from plain sight.


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We know a fair amount about the funding patterns of the wealthiest people in West Michigan as it relates to campaign financing, particularly that of the DeVos Family, which continues to be the largest contributor to political campaigns in Michigan and out of state. Last year we wrote a piece about how much money the DeVos Family had contributed in the 2013-2014 election cycle. Based on a report from the non-partisan…

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