This summer, Bellevue LifeSpring received a $100,000 endowment that will help them further their efforts to support local children and families. The endowment, established by Doug and Nancy Boyden, has been named in honor of Kemper and Betty Freeman.

The Freemans have a longstanding legacy of giving to Bellevue LifeSpring, Bellevue’s longest running nonprofit. For years, the family has provided heavily discounted retail space to the organization’s thrift store at the Bellevue Collection. The Kemper Development Company has also raised $1 million dollars on behalf of local organizations, including Bellevue LifeSpring, through philanthropic events hosted at Bellevue Fashion Week.

The endowment will be used to further the mission of Bellevue LifeSpring: fostering stability and self-sufficiency for local children and families by providing food, clothing, education, and emergency assistance.

“The money from this endowment will help serve the 3,600 children living in poverty in our area in perpetuity, and demonstrates that the people of this community are truly good neighbors,” said Jennifer Fischer, executive director of Bellevue LifeSpring. “The Freemans and Boydens are examples of numerous Bellevue neighbors leading the fight against poverty, hunger, and homelessness.”