The DeVos family & Orlando Magic additionally hosted a reception in celebration of the 30 local organizations’ achievements
ORLANDO – As part of its 30 Grants for 30 Years Initiative, the DeVos family today announced its final eight nonprofit honorees from the Central Florida community. Each organization will receive funding from the DeVos Family Foundation and be recognized at an Orlando Magic game.
Nonprofit honorees announced today include:
- Covenant House Florida ($60,000) – Supports young people experiencing homelessness through street outreach, emergency shelter, and transitional housing. A faith-based nonprofit, Covenant House Florida was featured at the Jan. 4 Magic game.
- Page 15 ($30,000) – An after-school and summer literacy and creative-writing program that encourages students (grades 2-12) of all abilities to discover their own voice, improve vital literacy skills, feel supported by a community of friends and coaches, and write their own future. The Parramore-based program was featured at the Jan. 5 Magic game.
- AdventHealth Foundation ($150,000) – Gift will support a wholistic, mental health program at AdventHealth for Children, providing much-needed clinical infrastructure to prevent crises, implement early screenings, improve access to patient care, and expand educational and board-certified mental health care services out into the community. AdventHealth was featured at the Jan. 23 Magic game.
- United Against Poverty Orlando ($45,000) – Aims to inspire and empower people experiencing poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency through crisis care, case management, transformative education, food and household subsidy, employment training and placement, personal empowerment training and active referrals to other collaborative social service providers. UP was featured at the Jan. 28 Magic game.
- Lift Orlando ($150,000) – Serves the collaboration of resident, business and community leaders working on a shared vision for revitalizing the Communities of West Lakes by investing in people and the places where they live, learn, work and play. Lift Orlando will be featured at the Feb. 23 Magic game.
- Harbor House of Central Florida ($95,000) – Works to prevent and eliminate domestic abuse in Central Florida by providing critical life-saving services to survivors, implementing and advancing best practices, and educating and engaging the community. Harbor House will be featured at the March 9 Magic game.
- Zebra Coalition ($30,000) – Assists homeless and at-risk LGBTQ+ young people through affordable housing, mental health services, a drop-in day center, and proactive wraparound services with the goal to provide each youth the tools necessary to become a healthy, productive, and self-sufficient individual. Zebra Coalition will be featured at a TBD Magic game in March.
- Foundation for Orange County Public Schools, Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools, and The Foundation for Osceola Education ($15,000 each, $45,000 total) – Each gift will support mentoring programs that help students succeed in the classroom and beyond. The Foundations will be featured at the April 2 Magic game.
“We are honored to have partnered with many strong community leaders and organizations doing great work through the 30 Grants for 30 Years Initiative,” Magic Chairman Dan DeVos said. “We are so blessed by the countless individuals, nonprofits, and community-based teams committed to making Central Florida a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. This initiative has been our way of saying ‘thank you’ for trusting us as community partners for the past three decades and into the future.”
The donations are part of the DeVos family’s effort to contribute a total of $3 million to 30 area organizations through its 30 Grants Initiative, which seeks to invest in people and projects impacting youth, essential needs for families, and community enrichment across Central Florida.
In addition, all 30 nonprofit grantees were honored at a celebratory reception at the Amway Center on January 28 to again recognize the organizations’ community impact and commitment to partnership.
In a message to those in attendance, Magic Vice President of Shareholder Relations Ryan DeVos shared, “Central Florida is a great place to live, work, learn, play, and more. There’s a real love and passion here for helping others, empowering people, and creating platforms to help all in reaching their full potential. We appreciate your great work in community and your ongoing partnership.”
The DeVos family purchased the Magic in 1991 and 30 years later, in 2021, announced the 30 Grants for 30 Years initiative. More information on the initiative can be found at www.nba.com/magic/community/devos-family-foundation
ABOUT THE ORLANDO MAGIC
Orlando's NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic's mission is to be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. Under the DeVos family’s ownership, the Magic have seen great success in a relatively short history, winning six division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2019) with seven 50-plus win seasons and capturing the Eastern Conference title in 1995 and 2009. Off the court, on an annual basis, the Orlando Magic gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise and grants. Orlando Magic community relations programs impact an estimated 100,000 kids each year, while a Magic staff-wide initiative provides more than 7,000 volunteer hours annually. In addition, the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) which serves at-risk youth, has distributed more than $26 million to local nonprofit community organizations over the last 31 years. The Magic’s other entities include the team’s NBA G League affiliate, the 2021 G League champion Lakeland Magic, which began play in the 2017-18 season in nearby Lakeland, Fla.; the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL, which serves as the affiliate to the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning; and Magic Gaming, of the NBA 2K League, which began play in the spring of 2018. The Magic play their home games at the award-winning Amway Center, honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal's 2012 Sports Facility of the Year. For ticket information log on to OrlandoMagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC.
ABOUT THE DEVOS FAMILY FOUNDATION
The DeVos Family Foundation (DVFF) is a collaborative effort between the second and third generations of the Rich and Helen DeVos family. DVFF supports strategic projects and initiatives that impact the community, empower individuals to reach their full potential, and catalyze change. DVFF has a particular interest in programs that promote the healthy growth of children and families, provide every individual with pathways to opportunities, and foster thriving communities for people to live, work, and play. DVFF strives for impact through partnerships and funding primarily in West Michigan and Central Florida. For more information, please visit devosfamilyfoundation.org.