NewsWatch Raises Over $456,000 for Avanca’sCrowdfunding Campaign

Recently, the company Avanca launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $10,000 in 30 days and hired NewsWatch to produce a short promotional video to promote the campaign. Ultimately, the campaign raised $456,551 in a 30 day period, thanks to help from NewsWatch. Nathalie Van Wijkvliet of Avanca stated that “it’s great working with NewsWatch,” and recommended that others work with the NewsWatch team as well.

The promotional video was a huge hit, reaching over 96 million households in the U.S. The online campaign received over a million hits. Because of this outstanding success, Avanca continues to use NewsWatch for crowdfunding campaigns.

NewsWatch is a distribution network that offers a wide exposure to the general public. Episodes of NewsWatch air on 60 television stations, reaching nearly 100 million households in the U.S. Networks that air NewsWatch episodes include AMC, Ion, DirectTV, Dish Network, and several independent syndicated stations. This company also utilizes social networking sites to maximize exposure.

NewsWatch’s video production agency, Bridge Communications, creates and distributes high quality professional videos for clients in the Washington, D.C. area. This company has been in business for nearly thirty years and has a lot of of experience and expertise to offer its clients. Bridge Communications handles all aspects of video production, including project development, scripting, and editing. In the last year alone, the agency has produced more than 100 video programs to air on popular cable television channels. This company offers corporate videos, online and television distribution, and full-service video production to clients.

Dick DeVos focuses on education reform and aviation

Dick DeVos has shaped the skyline of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and guided national efforts to reform educational choice. As the heir of an Amway Corp. co-founder, DeVos had the fortune and business connections to enable him to challenge a plan for a sports and convention center outside of downtown Grand Rapids in 1991.


He worried that the location would sap life from the core of the city as had happened in Detroit when the Palace of Auburn Hills and Pontiac Silverdome pulled sports teams out of the city. During his time as CEO of Amway between 1993 and 2002, he gathered business leaders to campaign against the proposed sports arena.


The group known as Grand Action focused on downtown and promoted the building of the DeVos Place Convention Center, the Michigan State University’s medical school, Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids City Market, and the DeVos Performance Hall. These achievements added to the vitality of the city’s center and slowed urban sprawl.


DeVos and his wife Betsy also contributed $12.5 million to create a children’s hospital within Spectrum Health System. He serves as the chair of Spectrum’s board. Hospital construction started in 2006 and cost $103 million, but DeVos said that the facility allows local families to stay close to home when their children need advanced medical care.


On the state political scene, DeVos has exerted substantial influence. Although his gubernatorial campaign failed in 2000, DeVos successfully ushered a law into place in 2012 that prevented unions from requiring people to join their organizations as a condition of employment. Learn more:


He and Betsy have also spent considerable resources within Michigan and nationwide to reform education. They funded their Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation with $138.7 million between 1989 and 2015. The donations directed by this foundation primarily promoted charter schools.


His founding of the West Michigan Aviation Academy represents one of his success stories in the realm of education. The charter school located at Gerald R. Ford International Airport opened in 2010. DeVos also played a pivotal role in convincing Southwest Airlines to expand services at that airport.


DeVos has a lifelong enthusiasm for aviation. He possesses a license to pilot jets, helicopters, and single-engine planes. In September 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation appointed him to the Management Advisory Council, a 13-member panel that advises the Federal Aviation Administration about long-term planning, policy, regulations, and spending.