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.


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 University
This scholarship is given annually by the firm to a student in their second, third or fourth year. Eligible students have demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in architecture or are pursuing a major in engineering with a civil and environmental concentration. 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 Architects Diversity Scholarship Fund at Hope College
In support of advancing the mission of Hope College, this scholarship is awarded to deserving, underrepresented students with financial need. Preference is given to students with demonstrated experience in or commitment to working with the Hispanic community.

AMDG Architects Endowed Scholarship at Rehoboth Christian School
This endowed scholarship was created to provide financial assistance to families and students demonstrating financial need so that they can have access to and benefit from an education at Rehoboth Christian School. Our intent is to support Native American students and to provide greater access to Rehoboth Christian education.

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.

AMDG Architects Scholarship Fund - St. Paul the Apostle School
This AMDG Architects Scholarship Fund was developed to assist students from families demonstrating financial need – providing access to the benefits of a great Catholic education at St. Paul the Apostle School.

Illiana Christian High School Endowed Scholarship for Adaptive learning
As part of the Illiana Christian High School capital campaign fund, this endowed scholarship provides opportunities for adaptive learning that aligns with their Christian faith both inside and outside of the classroom.

South Christian High School Endowed Scholarship for tuition assistance
This endowed scholarship provides tuition assistance to South Christian High School students with financial need, providing them the opportunity to benefit from a faith-based education.

AMDG Architects Scholarship Fund at Catholic Central High School
The AMDG scholarship fund at Catholic Central High School provides needs-based tuition support to students of Hispanic / Latino heritage who have actively engaged in their community through service.

AMDG Architects Endowed Scholarship at West Catholic High School
The AMDG scholarship fund at Catholic Central High School provides needs-based tuition support to students of Hispanic / Latino heritage who have actively engaged in their community through service.

Deacon Kenneth Baldwin Memorial Fund for Seminarian Formation
In memory of Deacon Kenneth Baldwin, this endowed fund provides support for seminarian education and formation for the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

AMDG Architects Endowed Scholarship Fund at Bethany Christian School
Students in need of financial assistance entering 9th grade at Bethany Christian School are eligible to benefit from this fund in the form of an annual scholarship award. The AMDG endowed fund allows recipients the possibility to receive the scholarship award each year throughout their 4 years of high school. Priority will be given to Latino/Hispanic students of families in need of financial assistance.

AMDG Architects Endowed Scholarship Fund at Wheaton Academy
AMDG established this Endowed Scholarship Fund to provide a worthy student demonstrating financial need the opportunity to benefit from an education at Wheaton Academy.


  • 20 Liters
  • Ada Christian School
  • Alger Park CRC
  • All Belong
  • Alpha Grand Rapids
  • Association for A More Just Society
  • AYA Youth Collective
  • Barnabas Ministries, Inc.
  • Barnabas Foundation
  • Benjamin’s Hope
  • Bethany Christian Schools
  • BE WELL Center
  • Catholic Information Center
  • Charity Global, Inc: Water
  • Cherry Health Services
  • Children’s Healing Center
  • Christian Reformed Conference Grounds
  • Club 1040
  • Cutlerville East CRC
  • D.A. Blodgett / St. Johns
  • Daystar Education Association
  • Deos Contemporary Ballet LLC
  • Down Syndrome Assoc. of Michigan
  • Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church
  • Evergreen Commons
  • Flat River Outreach Ministries
  • Foundation for Catholic Secondary Education – West Catholic
  • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
  • Friendship CRC – GEMS
  • Georgetown Harmony Homes
  • Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation
  • Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
  • Grand Rapids Symphony
  • Grandville Christian Schools
  • Guiding Light
  • Hand2Hand Ministries
  • Heart of West MI United Way
  • Heart of West MI United Way – Family Stability Program
  • Heart of West MI United Way – Youth Education Program
  • HELP Pregnancy Aid
  • Holland Christian Schools
  • Holland Community Aquatics Center
  • Home Repair Services
  • Hope Academy
  • Hope College
  • Hospice Visions
  • Humane Society of West Michigan
  • Jackson Hole Classical Academy
  • Jenison Christian Schools
  • Kids Food Basket
  • Mel Trotter Ministries
  • Michigan Architectural Foundation
  • Neland Ave. CRC Building Fund
  • Noordeloos Christian Reformed Missions
  • Northwest Indiana Food Bank
  • Ocean Conservancy Inc.
  • Our Shepherds – Our Future, Inc.
  • Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
  • Ravenna Baptist Church
  • Reclaim13
  • Rehoboth Christian Schools
  • Rock Steady Boxing
  • Rockford Rotary Foundation
  • Safe Haven Ministries
  • Shrine of St. Francis Xavier & Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • South Christian High School
  • St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church
  • St. John Paul II Parish
  • St. Joseph the Worker Parish
  • St. Michael Foundation
  • St. Paul Center
  • St. Robert Catholic School
  • Starlight Ministries
  • Talent First
  • The Luke Society
  • The Storehouse of Community Resources
  • Timothy Christian Schools
  • Tom Hofmann Baseball Scholarship
  • Treetops collective
  • Trinitarians of Mary
  • Trinity Christian College
  • Urban Roots
  • Westra Bye Memorial Art Foundation
  • Wheaton Academy
  • Women’s Resource Center
  • WORLD movers
  • World Renew
  • World Vision
  • Zuni Christian Mission School

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

Ashanti Bryant, Senior Program Officer for W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Thursday, September 12, 2024  |  4:00-5:00 PM at AMDG


Windows and Mirrors: How Education Creates Opportunity to See the Brilliance in All

Windows are stories about seeing others, while mirrors are stories about seeing ourselves. At the beginning of the school year (across our state and around the country), Ashanti Bryant will open his own “picture book” chronicling his personal learning journey. He will also share how education remains a transformational tool for experiencing the true possibility and potential of all children in all communities.

Ashanti Bryant serves as Senior Program Officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Grand Rapids. In this role, he supports the Foundation’s efforts to promote thriving children, working families and equitable communities.

A native of Detroit, Ashanti received a high-quality early childhood and public education that positioned him to break patterns in his family. A first generation graduate, Bryant holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (Science and Mathematics) and a Master of Social Work degree in Policy, Planning and Administration from Western Michigan University. He also earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from National-Louis University in Chicago.

Bryant has decades of experience as a teacher and school principal, in childcare settings, public & private schools. Most recently, Bryant served as the Director of Early Childhood Services at IFF, a nonprofit community development financial institution in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As Director, Bryant led policy and advocacy agendas at all levels of government as well as community engagement initiatives, real estate planning and development, finance and lending and early childhood research and needs assessments. Bryant also served as the Education Director at Amplify GR, where he cultivated initial strategy for ensuring all children in the target community had access to high-quality Pre-K to 12th-grade education. He’s also been an active and engaged Adjunct Instructor and Consultant, working in universities and alongside social service organizations throughout the Midwest.

Ashanti and his wife (also an educator) have 3 children and call the southeast side of GR their home.

Past Speakers
  • Nathan Leaman, Managing Director for Frontline Training Solutions

    Thursday, April 25, 2024  |  4:00-5:00 PM at AMDG

    Creating a Leadership Framework

    It is estimated that the market for Leadership Development is anywhere between $60 billion and $400 billion. For decades, Leadership Development has been an essential element of any solid learning and development strategy. Organizations know they need to focus on Leadership Development. They know leaders sit in a unique position to attract, engage, develop, and retain others. They know they need "it". But if asked what "it" is (i.e., "What does Leadership mean?") many organizations are unable to respond clearly. This session will focus on the importance of answering that question within the specific context of your organization. We will explore the various components of a Leadership Framework from specific definitions of leadership behaviors, how those behaviors relate to other essential OD, HR, and talent initiatives, and what can be done to ensure leaders take accountability for the organization's leadership culture. Participants will leave this session with a clearer understanding of the "first step" toward creating an effective leadership culture as well as a roadmap for bringing these principles into their organization.

    Bio: Nathan Leaman is a passionate professional with extensive experience in building systems and tools that support organizational and leadership effectiveness. He brings over 20 years of leadership and HR experience from both business and non-profit organizations.

    Nathan has a bachelor’s degree from the Moody Bible Institute, a master’s degree from Liberty University, and received his coaching certification from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He spent seven years in full-time church ministry before working for 13 years at the Kohler Co. At Kohler, Nathan moved through various business and corporate HR roles eventually taking the position of Director-Leadership Development where he was responsible for all leadership development and succession planning activities globally. Nathan also held various executive HR roles for the Grande Cheese Company in Fond du Lac, WI where he was responsible for Organizational Development, Compensation, Benefits Management, and HRIS. Nathan joined Frontline Training Solutions, based in Grand Rapids, MI, as Managing Director in December of 2022.

    Nathan has extensive experience with assessment tools and is certified in multiple personality and 360° feedback assessments. His straightforward style, willingness to tackle difficult issues, genuine interest in seeing others grow and ability to coach at all levels makes Nathan a go-to resource for strategic HR support, consulting, and executive development.