Supporting worthy causes

You can learn a lot about people by how they give of their time and resources. A company is no different. At AMDG, our investment in a variety of causes makes us who we are. We are privileged to be able to do it.

Scholarships

AMDG Scholarship Assistance Fund at San Juan Diego Academy
The AMDG Architects endowment Fund at San Juan Diego Academy provides scholarship money for San Juan Diego Academy students that aids in nurturing the future of Hispanic Catholic Leaders.

AMDG Scholarship at Calvin College
This scholarship is given annually by the firm to a student in their second, third or fourth year in the pre-architecture program demonstrating interest in pursuing a career in architecture. The scholarship is given based on financial need with preference to ethnic minority or international students, women and/ or non-Christian Reformed members. AMDG has sponsored this scholarship since 2000.

AMDG Architects, Inc Educational Support Services Endowment Fund at Grand Rapids Christian Schools
This endowment fund supports the Grand Rapids Christian Schools (GRCS) by ensuring they possess the resources needed to support and celebrate the gifts and abilities of each student. GRCS offers Educational Support Services (ESS) for those who may need assistance beyond the traditional classroom, serving over 350 children among all Grand Rapids Christian Schools with a wide variety of individualized services.
AMDG Daniel Visser Applied Technology Fund at Grand Rapids Christian Schools
AMDG Architects established this fund at the Grand Rapids Christian Schools Foundation in honor of Daniel Visser, a former teacher at Grand Rapids Christian High School. This fund ensures that the Applied Technology program possesses the resources needed to provide excellent educational programs to train students in the areas of construction, manufacturing, engineering, and architecture.
Illiana Christian High School Endowed Scholarship for Adaptive learning
South Christian High School Endowed Scholarship for tuition assistance
AMDG Architects Scholarship Fund at Catholic Central High School

Donations

  • 3:11 Youth Housing
  • All Belong
  • Association for A More Just Society
  • BE WELL Center
  • Benjamin’s Hope
  • Charity Global, Inc: Water
  • Cherry Health Services
  • Children’s Healing Center
  • Christian Reformed Conference Grounds
  • Cutlerville East CRC
  • D.A. Blodgett / St. Johns
  • Deos Contemporary Ballet LLC
  • Down Syndrome Assoc. of Michigan
  • Foundation for Catholic Secondary Education – West Catholic
  • Friendship CRC – GEMS
  • Georgetown Harmony Homes
  • Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
  • Grand Rapids Symphony
  • Hand 2 Hand Ministries
  • Harbor Humane Society – West Olive, MI
  • Heart of West MI United Way
  • Holland Christian Schools
  • Hope Academy
  • Hope College
  • Humane Society of West Michigan
  • Mel Trotter Ministries
  • Neland Ave. CRC Building Fund
  • Our Shepherds – Our Future, Inc.
  • Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Rock Steady Boxing
  • Rockford Rotary Foundation
  • Shrine of St. Francis Xavier & Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church
  • St. John Paul II Parish
  • St. Robert Catholic School
  • The Luke Society
  • Treetops collective
  • Trinity Christian College
  • Women’s Resource Center

Speaker Series

Wise words

It’s important to hear what people in our community have to say, especially those who are well informed. We are honored to be able to host leaders on topics ranging from creativity and design to globalization, faith, and technology.

Upcoming Speakers

Steve Vanderwey

Steven Vanderwey Vice President/Investor Coach, Cornerstone Wealth Partners

Friday, September 18th, 2020

Title:

The Transformation Economy

Summary:

Is it possible to intentionally lead transformation in our organizations?  Steve believes that his corporate purpose should create a space for transformation for all those he serves.

Bio:

Steve Vanderwey is empowering families throughout West Michigan by coaching them to living with love and abundance. As a Principal at Cornerstone Wealth Partners and the West Michigan Manager for Churchill Mortgage, he coaches families toward living out their purpose in all aspects of life.

Conversations around money can bring up some of the most important building blocks for a family—their dreams, their reasons, their motivators—and also, their roadblocks and fears. Steve coaches families to overcome the things that stand in their way and move forward into a new future, making the impossible inevitable.

Steve has 20+ years in financial coaching and storied experience as a regional business owner, real estate investor, and client fiduciary. Steve is married to his amazing wife Susan and together they have 10 children. Together they encourage and raise their own large family while empowering other families to live a life of purpose.

Click here to RSVP to this event on the Eventbrite page and a digital invitation link to the Zoom meeting will be sent by email.

Past Speakers
  • Jon and Lorraine from Eastlake studio

    Jon Salzmann & Lorraine Kasznia of Eastlake Studio

    Friday, August 14th, 2020



    Title:

    Workplace Time Machine: The evolution of workplace design viewed through the work of Eastlake Studio


    Summary:

    2020 has been quite a ride so far and it is already becoming clear that this year will likely be seen as much more than a bump in the road. Rather, this may very well be a watershed moment where the pace of change briefly speeds up and when the dust settles we are different. Different people, with different habits, different beliefs and in our niche in the design world - people who work differently. In order to know where we are going it's helpful to review where we have been. Lorraine Kasznia and Jon Salzmann will use three decades of workplace interiors by Eastlake Studio as a vehicle to discuss the evolution of the physical workplace and how it might transform in the coming decade.

    Speakers:


    Jon Salzmann, AIA




    Principal, Eastlake Studio

    Jon is graduate of Ball State University and a licensed architect in the state of Illinois. He has been with Chicago-based Eastlake Studio since 1989 and principal for the past 10 years, with a specialty in workplace interiors. Jon has a personal interest in architectural lighting as well as the integration of technology into the interior environment. In addition to his contributions to Eastlake’s award-winning design portfolio, he is well-versed in issues important to building managers, developers and leasing agents, working to maximize the marketing potential of office space. While most of Eastlake’s work is focused in downtown Chicago, Jon has successfully completed projects across the US, from Los Angeles to New York City, as well as internationally, from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Hong Kong. In his 30+ year history with Eastlake Jon has had his hand in hundreds of projects for the studio. Most recently, Jon has worked on the Chicago Tribune headquarters relocation, as well as projects for Avant, Cision, dscout, Siemens, Telos and Sterling Bay. In addition, he has advised a number of not-for-profit organizations, such as Cara and The Nature Conservancy, helping them to best utilize their real estate resources.




    Lorraine Kasznia, AIA


    Director, Eastlake Studio

    In 20+ years in the field, Lorraine has divided her time between practicing architecture and teaching it to future generations of architects. Her breadth of expertise and infectious enthusiasm has been an important asset to Eastlake Studio since 2015. She’s a licensed architect in the state of Illinois, with a Master of Architecture degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In that time, Lorraine has designed and managed major projects including the Chicago Tribune headquarters and an expansion to Kimberly Clark’s regional office. Most recently, Lorraine directed the design of tech company Showpad’s US headquarters, a 50,000 square foot space in the historic 1 N. State building. As an award-winning college instructor, she taught a wide range of classes including architectural design, history, construction documentation and building materials. She now leads Eastlake’s intern program, most recently coordinating two of Chicago Architecture Center’s teen fellows. Outside the office, Lorraine supports several children’s organizations including Lurie Children’s Hospital, and volunteers for AIA youth outreach programs. She is a part of CREW, Chicago’s premier organization for senior-level executive women in real estate, working on Scholarship and Careers committees. Lorraine is also an avid bicyclist and is happiest when exploring a new trail to parts unknown.