Discover all about our CEO and Founder’s passion for philanthropy
THE ANTHONY MICHELLE GEORGE FOUNDATION
Anthony and his wife Michelle have spent the last 25 years building brighter futures for the young children around the world that need their help most.
From donating water systems and latrines in Haiti with HandUp to sponsoring children in need with World Vision and Family Legacy – the Anthony Michelle George Foundation works tirelessly to give children from all walks of life the opportunities they deserve.
However, AMG Foundation’s efforts aren’t exclusively felt overseas. Far from it. A large focus is actually put on improving opportunity much closer to home too –through initiatives such as private education scholarships and funding for a new physics lab at the local high school.
“It has always been important for us to give back. We feel so incredibly blessed in this life, and many are not so fortunate, so we strive to help others better their lives" Michelle George, AMG Foundation
FUELING LIEUTENANT COMMANDER JESSE IWUJI’S DREAMS
Helping young men and women achieve their dreams has always been a driving force for Anthony and Michelle. Which is why FUELTRAX is delighted to be able to support U.S Naval Academy graduate and officer, LTCR Jesse Iwuji in his racing career.
Helping young men and women achieve their dreams has always been a driving force for Anthony and Michelle. Which is why FUELTRAX are delighted to be able to support U.S Naval Academy graduate and officer, LTCR Jesse Iwuji in his racing career.
“I have a new partnership with FUELTRAX and this one’s special to me. FUELTRAX is a US company that has pioneered and led the industry in marine fuel management systems, which speaks my mariner language. And to top it off, over 50% of their operations are based out of my native country, Nigeria.”
To date, we’ve sponsored LTCR Iwuji for two NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series in Las Vegas and Dallas. Cheering him on from the side lines, the Dallas race was particularly heart-warming to witness. This was Jesse’s homecoming race – with his parents even making a surprise visit to see their son race in person for the first time.
GROWING THE FARMERS OF THE FUTURE
Anthony and Michelle are proud to support the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization in providing leadership, personal growth, and career success training through agricultural education across the United States.
Each year FFA student members have the opportunity to raise a farm animal for auction at annual state fairs across the country – with all proceeds put towards their scholarship education fund. For example, two-year Texas State Fair Junior Market Steer Grand Champion – Montana Mitchell – saw her champion steer pick up a $50,000 joint-bid from The AMG Foundation and The Crenshaw Family.
AIMING SKY HIGH WITH ST. JUDE’S
As committed supporters of St. Jude Children’s Hospital for over 20 years – Anthony and Michelle sponsor and attend an array of annual Sky High events.
Sky High specializes in fundraising events like sporting clay shoots, golf tournaments, banquets, and auctions. This year, the AMG Foundation had the honor of sponsoring a turkey shoot in Kansas that provided children and their families some valuable respite with a fun hunting trip.
Since 2007, Sky High events have pledged over six million dollars to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Texas Children’s Cancer Center and the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, among others.
SUPPORTING START-UPS WITH GOOSE SOCIETY
The Grand Order Of Successful Entrepreneurs – or GOOSE Society – has invested more than $30 million in start-ups since 2005.
As one of just 26 members, Anthony is a super angel investor, focusing on early stage venture capital and helping his portfolio companies achieve their full potential.
The GOOSE Society has 16 live investments and has had four exits of 5-10x since its inception by legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Dr. Jack Gill, and Founder and CEO of Compaq Computers, Rod Canion.
SERVING ON WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY GOVERNANCE BOARD
As a longtime supporter of children and private education, Anthony has served on school boards for the last 16 years, to help advance and grow private education for children.
Anthony is currently the board chairman of The Woodlands Christian Academy Governance Board. Anthony’s two sons, Blake and Grant, are alumni of the academy. The Woodlands Christian Academy is governed by a self-perpetuating Executive Board of Directors that include parents, faculty, and members of the greater Christian community who share the vision for the school and have a vested interest in its success. The Board is responsible for the school’s long-term mission and vision.
INSPIRING LAMAR’S NEXT GENERATION
INVESTING IN TOMORROW WITH CICE
Anthony is a member of the Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (CICE) Advisory Council with Lamar University – his alma mater.
The CICE works intimately with regional development organizations and businesses to expand market opportunities to enhance the region’s economic capacity. For example, the center was able to help the LU College of Business raise $350,000 from the Economic Development Administration to support the Economic Recovery and Resiliency Program assisting communities and industry following Hurricane Harvey. The largest federal grant in its history.
EDUCATING THE ENTREPRENEURS OF TOMORROW
When CICE held a bootcamp for aspiring Lamar Entrepreneurs called the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship – Anthony was delighted to be able to pass on some of his experience as a guest lecturer.
Talking about the basics of entrepreneurship plus his own inspirational start-up story – this fast-paced bootcamp has quickly become very popular at Harvard, MIT, Indiana University, Rice University, Purdue, Stanford, the University of Texas and University College, London.
DONATING FELLOWSHIPS FOR THE FUTURE
Lamar University’s College of Engineering Faculty Fellowship Program is dedicated to recognizing faculty performance and leadership in research and innovative teaching.
Ten recipients of these Lamar University Distinguished Faculty Fellowships will receive financial support for a term of three academic years thanks to funding from five alumni donors.
Anthony George, Jack Gill, Larry Lawson, Larry Norwood and Anita Riddle each contributed $20,000 a year for three years, totalling $300,000. This will provide each of the ten faculty members with a stipend of $10,000 a year for three years, while an eleventh will receive a stipend of $5,000 a year for three years from the College of Engineering.
RAISING FUNDS FOR THE ARTS
Anthony recently joined Lamar University President, Dr Evans, Chairman and COO of Trusteeship & Governance, Roy Steinhagen, and Co-Chair Public Art Committee, Kim Steinhagen, on a table at a prestigious dinner to raise funds for the Lamar University Arts Program.
WINNING THE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD 2019
Anthony was proud to be named as one of just four Lamar University Distinguished Alumni for 2019. The highest honour to be given out by the university – the Distinguished Alumni award recognizes Anthony’s dedication to his profession, service to the community and loyalty to his alma mater.
“These individuals represent not only excellence in their careers but also a genuine love for their alma mater,” said Shannon Copeland Figueroa, director of LU Office of Alumni Affairs. “It is an honor to name them as our Distinguished Alumni for 2019.”