our history

From the start innovation and future thinking were part of our foundation.

In 1969, Dr. Douglas M. Lawson, PhD and Walker A. Williams Jr. founded Lawson and Williams which subsequently became Lawson Associates, Inc. and over its 50 year history delivered market driven philanthropic solutions throughout the world to major domestic and international organizations including those in the educational, cultural, health, human services, religious, civic, environmental, urban, historical, and scientific sectors.


These proven and diverse results have inspired the company as it enters its next 50 years to deliver a new wholistic sustainable solution to nonprofit organizations. This new solution focuses on community level missions that empower and support families and incorporates new strategies, tactics, best practices, and technology that reflect the collective actions of our communities.

Dr. Douglas M. Lawson, PhD, a long-time resident of Dallas, Texas, passed away peacefully in his sleep the morning of December 26, 2020, after living an impactful life and career in fundraising. Arrangements for Dr. Lawson's memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you kindly honor Dr. Lawson's legacy of philanthropy by donating to or volunteering for your favorite charity.

our people

A firm is only as good as its people and culture. We have experience
spanning decades, hundreds of organizations, and millions raised


Dr. Douglas M. Lawson, PhD

January 13, 1936 to December 26, 2020

Founder & Chairman


Pamela Trusty Carpenter

Chief Administrative Officer