Donna Stone Buchanan is the former Chief Operating Officer of United Way of Greater Atlanta (United Way). She retired in the Fall of 2015 to care for her ailing husband while maintaining her deep connections in the Atlanta community. Donna joined United Way in July 2008 to drive the new strategic framework for the organization and help manage all operational functions for maximum effectiveness, efficiency and stakeholder satisfaction. United Way of Greater Atlanta serves 13 counties and its mission is to engage all segments of the community to drive sustainable change in education, income, health and homelessness while continuing to address urgent and basic human care.
Prior to this position, Donna was President and Chief Staff Officer of Junior Achievement (JA) of Georgia.
Donna graduated with a degree in English from Georgia State University, from where she will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award in October 2017. She began her professional JA career in 1979. Starting in education management in New Orleans, followed by regional and national JA roles in Development, she left the organization as Senior Vice President of Development for the for-profit sector in 1988 in order to remain in Atlanta. For two years she was a consultant to nonprofit organizations in fundraising and strategic planning. In 1990 she joined Jack Morton Productions in sales, and in 1992 was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the Atlanta office, serving on the JMP corporate management committee. In late 1993 she accepted the presidency of Junior Achievement of Georgia.
Donna was awarded the Charles R. Hook Award, which is Junior Achievement’s highest national award in 2004. Both the JA Hispanic Initiative and the JA Fellows Program started with her leadership here in Georgia.
In July 2012, Donna was the first woman inducted into the JA Professional Hall of Fame in its 93-year history.
In her last year at JA of Georgia, the organization brought volunteer-delivered personal financial literacy, success skills development and entrepreneurship education programs to 108,000 young people in grades K-12 in metropolitan Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville and Savannah.
Donna’s community involvement includes Board commitments to the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (Education Committee), the Women’s Community Leadership Alliance and Leadership Atlanta. In addition, she is the current national Chair of the JA Pioneers and a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta. She is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2000, International Women’s Forum and Roswell Presbyterian Church. She is happily married to her husband Terry of 37 years. Their one and only son, Zack, happily, resides in Atlanta as well. The couple resides in Roswell with their four-legged babies, Jessie (a black Labrador Retriever) and Max (a Golden Retriever).