Though Dwayne is now one of Seattle’s best-known and most successful CEOs, he grew up poor with often not enough money for food. The family solution was to make a potato soup meant to last the week. Dwayne says that something his mother said to him about those times has stuck with him and guided his entire life: “Dwayne, no matter what you do, don’t ever forget where you came from and that you had to eat potato soup every day for a week. When you have employees, be there for them, and they will always be there for you.” Dwayne never forgot. Today, he supports more than 70 local and global charities and has founded four of his own including: The Potato Soup Foundation, The Queen Bee Café, The D1 Foundation, and the Clark Family Foundation.
Today, he supports more than 70 local and global charities.
Dwayne’s latest example of his commitment to contributing his
time and resources to give back to the world is his work with the Galileo Foundation which is working with the Vatican to stop
human trafficking worldwide.
The Potato Soup Foundation is a not-for-profit organization serving the needs of Aegis Living line staff and their families during times of crisis. The Foundation has helped people with emergency medical treatment, emergency housing, funeral expenses and a variety of other crisis situations.
The D-ONE Foundation is a mentorship program to serve
underprivileged youth. Dwayne partnered with a University of
Washington professor to create a curriculum for needed life
skills including everything from credit counseling to the ethics
The Seattle-based café and crumpet shop has three locations: Capitol Hill, Queen Anne and Clyde Hill. One hundred percent of profits are donated to local charities, with past donations supporting the YMCA, The Boys & Girls Clubs, and the Gay Seattle Business Association Scholarship Fund. The newest cafe is currently donating proceeds to Bellevue LifeSpring, which is helping Bellevue children and their families for over 100 years.
The Clark Family Foundation was founded in 2017 to care for
the most vulnerable people in society. Its major focus is on
elderly and children.