Wayne Williamson never lost his ties to his hometown in Iowa, where the local library was his gateway to learning and an anchor in the community. After graduating from Drake University he went on to a successful career, rising through the ranks with Deloitte, in offices throughout Europe and in Atlanta, with a growing commitment to share his success with others.
Throughout his career, Williamson acknowledged that his opportunity to attend Drake contributed to his success, all the while recognizing that not every student is fortunate to have that path. When he passed away at age 94 he left a legacy gift to the Community Foundation that will provide crucial support for students in need, for generations to come. A portion of his gift will endow a scholarship fund for need-based aid and for last-dollar support for students in danger of dropping out of school due to unmet financial obligations. Another portion of the gift is a designated fund for education, some of which will provide support for his beloved hometown library and alma mater. Because Williamson realized that needs can change over time, his gift allows the Community Foundation to address emerging needs in the area of education, with a particular eye on equity and opportunity for all students.
This story was originally shared in our 2018 Annual Report. To read the full report, click here.