December 2018 //

2018’s Philanthropic Giving

By Mitch Smith

Each December, we enjoy reflecting on the moments throughout the year when our teams around the globe have shared their time and talents in the community.

During the holiday season, we have the opportunity to focus on giving and service to others in our communities. With messages of hate and acts of violence that permeate our everyday lives, it’s important to reflect and remember that people are still doing good deeds in the world.

The Block Project


Our Washington, D.C. office participated in CANstruction, a nationwide program that aims to raise awareness about hunger. The competition is organized by the Washington Architectural Foundation as a creative design-build competition that benefits the Capital Area Food Bank through donations of canned goods. Over 65,000 cans were donated to the Capital Area Food Bank after the event and our D.C. office also donated their time to Capital Area Food Bank for their Day of Giving.

Day of Giving

In year three of the firm’s Day of Giving program, we ventured out into our communities again to provide support to a variety of organizations including Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Capital Area Food Bank, Treehouse, Sawhorse Revolution and Food Lifeline.


Seattle’s top architecture firms and Sheraton Seattle’s culinary teams came together to showcase the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, for the 26th annual JDRF Gingerbread Village. MG2 has participated in this tradition for more than 16 years and this year the team designed a wonderful installation with our elf, Natalie, featuring Whoville and Mount Crumpit. Many thanks to Associate Stephanie Henschen for leading the charge this year and to her team for participating in this fun firm tradition!

Swing for the Cure

With the dedication of 66 MG2 volunteers and 1,154 hours, we hosted our 16th annual Swing for the Cure charity golf tournament benefiting Susan G. Komen. Over the years, we have raised more than $1.3 million with the funds going toward mammogram screenings, breast health education and outreach and treatment support for underserved woman.

NAIOP Community Enhancement Day

The 2018 NAIOP Washington State Chapter’s Community Enhancement Project focused on St. Bernadette Parish School in Burien, WA. 350 volunteers – including 20 MG2 employees – completed 35 individual projects to transform the school. In particular, MG2 designed and installed new signage around the school. Many thanks to Principal Elik Grin for leading the charge!


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