Engaging Family


The Foundation actively seeks ways to engage family members in philanthropy and wants to build on the legacy of giving that Kemmons and Dorothy began. All five of Kemmons and Dorothy’s children and spouses have lived out the values of philanthropic engagement and many, along with their spouses, have been visionaries in the community through non-profit leadership.



Bob Wilson National Business Aircraft Association awarded Bob the John P. “Jack” Doswell Award

Robert L. Wilson, Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation legacy Board member and 2nd child of Kemmons and Dorothy Wilson received the John P. “Jack” Doswell Award on Oct. 23, 2019. The National Business Aircraft Association John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, created in 1987, was named for a remarkable man whose gifts inspired a high standard of involvement in the business aviation community. NBAA President and CEO, Ed Bolen said Wilson has “demonstrated a tireless commitment to promoting safety and security throughout our industry, as well as devotion to giving back, through his involvement in a number of philanthropic initiatives.”

You need to take charge of change, or else change will take charge of you.

Kemmons Wilson