Bill Henningsgaard Fund For Children - Eastside Pathways
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Bill Henningsgaard Fund For Children

Bill Henningsgaard was the founding board chair and executive director of Eastside Pathways. His vision and drive launched our efforts to mobilize the community using the collective impact framework. Tragically, Bill passed away in August 2013.

To honor Bill’s commitment to children and his belief in the power of collective impact, the Eastside Pathways Board established the Bill Henningsgaard Fund for Children. Many people who were touched by Bill’s life and passion contributed to the new endowment. Proceeds from the fund are being used to better the lives of and opportunities for children of all ages through leveraged programs in the identified goal areas and served by Eastside Pathways partners.


The 2017 Grant has been awarded to Sammamish Leads Program by Bellevue Schools Foundation.

Read the letter from Lynn Juniel, Executive Director, Bellevue Schools Foundation


The Grant

We expect to award a grant of $5,000 per year that will focus on one area each year.

Our initial five-year schedule:

2014:  Summer and Extended Learning – awarded to the Bellevue YMCA

2015:  School Readiness and Early Learning – awarded to Chinese Information and Service Center

2016:  Attendance and/or Tardiness – awarded to Community Truancy Board

2017:  Transitions – grades 8-9 and 12-college – awarded to Sammamish Leads Program by Bellevue Schools Foundation

2018:  College and Career Readiness – middle and high school

The Details

Eligible Applicants
  • Eastside Pathways Partner Organizations (children and families cannot apply directly).
  • Grants will be awarded according to the identified focus area (see below) and to a different partner organization each year.
Grant Criteria

Projects do not have to meet all of these criteria but we will consider those that:

  • Better the lives and opportunities of children.
  • Impact more than just a single child. We would like to leverage the funds as much as possible, for example, training staff or training high school students to mentor middle school students.
  • Support collective impact and help the Eastside Pathways partnership achieve our shared goals. For example, partnering with business people to assist with a college / career counseling program.

The Bill Henningsgaard Fund for Children honors Bill’s commitment to children
and his belief in the power of collective impact.

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