New Mission

In remembrance of Willie, we are proud to introduce a new mission for our organization, one that carries forward the torch of his unwavering dedication to making the world a better place. While we remain steadfast in our commitment to Willie’s core principles, we recognize the need to adapt to the evolving needs of our community and the broader world. 

Empowering Purpose & Wellness

Transforming Lives through

The Austin Foundation was founded in 1994. Willie's calling was to serve his community through fitness. He had the insight and foresight that the community was going to need support in working with families and the youth to teach them the importance of health and wellness.

Supporting Families through Traumatic Transitions

Willie passed only days before getting to see his wife give birth to their child. When Vanisha met Willie he had told her he is here for women and children. After his passing and years of healing as Vanisha reflected upon this it occurred to her that Willie;s mom too was a widow and Willie's older Sister was a widow and these women were left alone to raise. their children. Single mothers are the highest at risk for poverty. We feel it is important to support those families who have lost their main provider and have small dependents in their care.

Honoring the Legacy

Learn more about Willie here and also hear from Willie's own voice and his inspirational messages. Willie's mission was first and foremost to serve his Creator. Willie felt he was born to support others with their health. Not only did Willie support individuals and families with their health but he had a profound impact on many lives and he lives in the lives of many today.

Supporting Black Leaders

We are committed to advancing the goals and aspirations of Black Americans. We actively seek to support and collaborate with organizations led by Black Americans, recognizing their vital contributions to our society and their importance in achieving a more equitable and inclusive future.

Inspiring Stories and Empowering Families in Crisis

Navigating Traumatic Transitions with Purpose and Will for Optimal Health & Wellness. 

Supporting these families and individuals by providing comprehensive and holistic care, guidance, and resources to rebuild their lives and secure a better future for their dependents.

The Austin Foundation is embarking on an inspiring journey to honor the remarkable legacy of our Founder, Willie J Austin, who tragically passed away in 2013, at the young age of 55. Both King County and the City of Seattle memorialized a day in honor of Willie’s service and contributions to his community.  Willie’s vision, dedication, and passion are the driving force behind our mission, and his memory will forever be etched in our hearts.

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