At Williams Asset Management, we believe that community outreach and activism are core values that help define our firm and strengthen our team’s foundation. As community leaders, we feel we have a duty to not only enhance the lives of our clients, but to enrich the communities in which we live through volunteerism, civic engagement and philanthropic initiatives.

In addition, every year at the Commonwealth Leaders conference, we have an opportunity to give back to our host communities in a variety of ways:

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The Williams Asset Management team volunteered at The Howard County Food Bank located in Columbia, MD and helped to sort, organize, and stock food products. A food drive was held in the WAM office for a few weeks leading up to the volunteer day to allow others to come and drop off needed items such as: cereal, pasta, baby food, diapers, canned beans, canned vegetables, and canned fruits. The team helped to sort and organize over 2,000 lbs. of food products and were able to donate over 200 lbs. of food and diapers provided by clients. The Howard County Food Bank provides food to county residents who have incomes that are at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. The Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC) provides the resources for these eligible individuals and families to shop for needed food and personal items.

While attending Commonwealth Financial Network®’s Leaders Conference, held June 21–28, 2018, in Alaska, Gary and his daughter Abby, took part in an afternoon of giving back to the community. Partnering with AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies)—a women’s and children’s shelter in Juneau, Alaska—Commonwealth volunteers put together special storage containers to help shelter residents protect their belongings, as well as assembled care packages providing critical items and comfort to those arriving at the shelter.

At the exclusive Leaders Conference for financial advisors in Costa Rica, Gary and his children Abby and Nicholas, spent the day at Liceo Santa Cruz High School, tackling a number of projects to create a comfortable learning environment for local children. The day was spent painting buildings, fixing concrete walkways and sprucing up the classrooms.

At the exclusive Leaders Conference for financial advisors in Costa Rica, Gary took time to give back to those in need. Partnering with the Los Lagos School, located in Liberia, Commonwealth volunteers helped paint and refurbish classrooms to create a comfortable learning environment for local children.

At the exclusive Leaders Conference for financial advisors, Gary, with the assistance of mules and other Commonwealth advisors, helped harvest a variety of crops to be donated to the local food bank in Sintra, Portugal.

At the exclusive Leaders Conference for financial advisors in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Gary along with his daughter Abby and son, Nick, joined in an afternoon of giving back. Partnering with Odyssey Teams, Inc., Commonwealth volunteers designed and built custom playhouses for children, which were subsequently donated to nonprofit youth programs, Montessori schools, and low-income housing throughout Puerto Rico.

At the exclusive Leaders Conference for financial advisors, Gary Williams gave back to the Unity House in the Bahamas. The afternoon was spent planting bushes, removing large rocks with a pickaxe, painting, and cleaning. Elderly Unity House is a haven for senior citizens who find themselves destitute. For more than a quarter of a century, the organization has provided shelter to elderly people and day care to those seniors whose families are unable to care for them during work hours. The nonprofit organization, which is privately funded, depends on donations from the community and various foundations for its day-to-day operations.


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Williams Asset Management strives to make the world a better place, one good deed at a time by sending prepaid gift cards to arbitrarily selected clients with a request that they use those gift cards for a random act of kindness! Read our clients’ Pay It Forward stories below for some charitable inspiration.

2017 Stories

2016 Stories

2015 Stories


Both individually and collectively, we take great pride in supporting a wide range of exemplary community organizations in and around the Columbia and Howard County Maryland area including:



Ryan Nece Foundation
Michael J Fox Foundation
Health Care Access Maryland


2019 Howard County Food Bank Williams Asset Management Team

Howard County Food Bank 2019


Howard County Conservancy 2018

AWARE Giving back 2018 Gary Williams

 Alaska Leaders Conference 2018


Puerto Rico Leaders Conference 2013