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Our Mission

The Ishan Foundation seeks to transform our culture of giving by inspiring and mobilizing the community through private donations and creative interactive fundraisers to support autism and neurological and mental disorders.


Our Vision

Ishan means bestower of riches.  This is the driving philosophy behind The Ishan Foundation, whose Board of Directors seeks philanthropic ways to enrich the lives of children and adults living with autism and

neurological and mental disorders.  The Ishan Foundation seeks to promote inclusivity, embracing those affected; bestowing riches upon them in the form of not just funding, but acceptance and a recognition of their place, value, and contribution to the society as a whole.

Funds raised will support the innovative intervention programs that we have created such as Ishan’s Advocates and Ishan’s Friends, in addition to offering grants that are aligned with our mission. A grant application process will be implemented as funds grow and applications will be evaluated by the foundation staff and Board of Directors.




Natalie Willes is the visionary and founder of The Ishan Foundation. A labor of love, The Ishan Foundation was created in honor of her son, Ishan who embraces his challenges and celebrates life each and every day. A professional dancer and choreographer, Natalie created The Ishan Foundation as a way to bridge her creative side with her desire to help other children and families who are facing similar struggles.


Vice President
Kim Freund has been with The Ishan Foundation since the beginning, bringing her expertise in non-profit management as well as her social work experience, to organize, run, and support our innovative programming. 

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