Category Archives: Charitable Leaders

Humane Society of Tampa Bay Receives a Million Dollar Donation

Posted on 02 May, 2016 in Business, Charitable Leaders

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is an organization that is dedicated to providing shelter and care for homeless animals. Recently, they received a generous million-dollar donation from Bob Reina, the founder of Talk Fusion. This is the largest donation this charity received in its 100-year history.

Another noble cause pursued by the the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is the “No Kill for Space” program. Its aim is a prevention of euthanization of animals that are healthy and can be adopted. Bob Reina’s contribution will ease and save the lives of many animals, be they dogs, cats, or other species.

Mr. Reina also serves on the Board of Directors of this organization and is dedicated to providing “a voice for helpless animals, helping them find forever homes, increasing donations to the Humane Society and lowering euthanasia rates” as reported during an interview with Business For Home site.

The company specializes in video marketing solutions. It allows for easy creation and sharing of memorable videos. In fact, Mr. Reina decided to launch this business after not being able to send a video via his AOL account.

Some other business solutions include online sign-up forms that make it easier to reach potential customers and build mailing lists. Additionally, Talk Fusion provides resources for hosting online meetings and face-to-face chats with customers.

Well-known companies such as Volkswagen, Norwegian Cruise Line, West Point Military Academy, and Applebee’s are already using these solutions.

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DeVos and a Legacy of Philanthropy

Posted on 22 March, 2016 in Charitable Leaders

Of the many individuals and organizations that contribute to philanthropic causes, it’s no rare occurrence to find wealthy investors and their families taking an invested role in charities and angel investing that mirror their moral convictions and passions that are aimed towards bettering society, both locally and at large.

The DeVos family’s current philanthropic efforts seem to stem primarily from Richard DeVos, who, with a net worth of $5 billion is one of the wealthiest Americans in the United States. With access to this wealth, it’s not a surprise that Richard, along with his wife Helen, has established the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, based out of their home state of Michigan, which focuses primarily on educational reform. Outside of this specific focus, the DeVos family has also invested a great deal of money and attention in socially conservative causes.

Of all the socially conservative recipients of their donations, religious groups seem to be a favorite, including parochial schools, Christian youth groups and charities that promote faith across the state of Michigan. One of the better known organizations they donate to is Focus on the Family, which is also involved with political conservatives. And it’s politics that seem to interest them most, influencing political campaigns through policy groups like the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation and Freedomworks, all which promote conservative values and right-leaning policy. On his own, Richard DeVos has financially supported Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum during their bids for Republican nomination for president.

Dick DeVos has had a diverse career in business that has taken him to disparate positions as a manager and executive in companies in different markets across the country. Between 1993 to 2002, after three years as President and CEO of the Orlando Magic, DeVos was President of Amway, coordinating business efforts in 50 countries all over the world, managing sales in excess of $4.5 billion.

In his personal life, Dick DeVos has been an advocate for educational reforms, and has done so through charitable organizations like Education Freedom Fund, which has awarded thousands of scholarships to students in need across the state of Michigan. He also spent a time sitting on the State Board of Education in Michigan.

Glad to see the Grand Rapids area make another “best of” list! Thank you all for your role in making our city great.

Posted by Dick DeVos on Friday, March 11, 2016