"Changing our future – One child at a time"
Founder/Executive Director

Donovan R. Quary, Sr.


Donovan R. Quary Sr., a native of Lakeland, Florida, is Founder and Executive Director of Make A Difference Foundation, Incorporated (MADF).  Donovan believes every adult has an inherent responsibility to help educate and nurture our youth. He was inspired to establish MADF after hearing the story of a Florida teenager who shot and killed his teacher, then killed himself.  Not yet a parent himself at the time, Donovan realized that he could no longer ignore our children’s cry for help and guidance.  Ironically, it was through his work with MADF that Donovan ultimately understood God’s purpose for his life was to “serve” others. And since MADF’s inception in August 2003, he has passionately dedicated his time and energy to “serving” his community. 

Donovan is a 1988 graduate of Lake Gibson Senior High School in Lakeland, Florida.  He attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia where he majored in computer science; however, eager to explore the world and serve his country, he decided to leave the University after only two years and enlisted in the United States Navy during Operation Desert Storm.  While stationed in San Diego, California, Donovan served his country respectfully and honorably for four years in many capacities… attached to the Helicopter Squadron 45 at Naval Air Station North Island, Airborne Early Warning E-2C Squadron VAW-1116 at Naval Air Station Miramar, and aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation CV-64.  In 1994, he officially moved to Stone Mountain, Georgia where he continued his military service in the United States Naval Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1998.   

An accomplished musician and recording artist, Donovan decided to make his love of music more than just a hobby when he co-founded Middle Man Music in 1997 and later founded Nu-Soul Entertainment in 2003.  In 2010, along with his business partner, he added DP’s Café, a local country cooking restaurant to his business endeavors.  However, well aware of the benefits of a college education and determined to finish what he started, Donovan successfully completed the Management Program through the Continuing Education Program at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia and decided to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management at the University of Phoenix.  

Throughout his personal and professional career Donovan has been actively involved in his community as a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).  He increases his community outreach as a member of J.C. McKibbon Lodge No. 3 of Ancient York Masons in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as, a member of The American Legion Post 251 in Duluth, Georgia.    

Although extremely passionate about his philanthropic and community service responsibilities, he also enjoys traveling, exercise, outdoor sporting activities, reading, and listening to his diverse collection of music.   

Donovan is married to Sharon Chambliss Quary and are the proud parents of one son, Donovan Joshua “DJ”.  They currently reside in Dacula, Georgia and are faithful members of the The Church of Gwinnett in Duluth where the Reverend Jasper W. Williams III.