The Donald D. Hammill Foundation was established to improve the quality of life for people who have disabilities, the aged, and people who are financially disadvantaged, including the working poor and those who are indigent or chronically ill.
The Donald D. Hammill Foundation is a non-profit foundation established in 1988 in Austin, Texas, through an initial endowment by Donald D. Hammill. His intention was to provide grants to programs in the Austin metropolitan area that serve individuals with disabilities and people who are financially disadvantaged, including the working poor and those who are indigent, chronically ill, and/or aged. Second, to support researchers in their quest to understand the nature of disabilities and develop treatment options.
Athena, the classical goddess of wisdom, is the emblem of the Foundation and the symbolical protectress of its undertakings. Benevolent in peace, nurturing all useful work, Athena was redoubtable in war, earning reverence from compatriots and enemies alike. Intelligent, independent, and headstrong, Athena stood up even to her father, Zeus, king of all the Olympians, who could curb neither her words nor her deeds.