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Mani Shimada Memorial Fund
Opening the Golden Heart Within Teens
(Established 9.26.2003)
Mani Shimada with puppy
On September 26, 2003, Mani Shimada passed away suddenly from bacterial meningitis. Mani was in his junior year at Wellsprings. His passion and creativity were continually encouraged. Mani was growing as a person and his heart was opening up. Shortly after his death his family, friends, and Wellsprings Friends School established the Mani Shimada Memorial Fund. The Fund encourages teens to open their golden heart and helps them to realize their full potential. We value the inner goodness that every teen possesses. Through the Mani Shimada Memorial Fund, we carry on Mani's spirit as a reminder of love, compassion and courage.


The Mani Shimada Memorial Fund is dedicated to continuing the spirit of Mani Shimada and supporting the development and growth of the students at Wellsprings Friends School.


  • To support special events, programs and courses at Wellsprings that promote nonviolence and peace.
  • To financially assist students in attending Wellsprings.
  • To nurture and enrich teenagers so that they can become complete individuals and full members of our society.
  • To increase public awareness of Wellsprings in order to broaden the School's base of support and to provide an educational alternative for families in Lane County.

Update: The Mani Shimada Memorial Fund closed in 2018

All of us at Wellsprings are deeply grateful to the contributors to this fund, and especially to Mani’s parents, Miya Shimada and James Fox, for their many years of support not only through the Mani Shimada Fund but also through teaching and Board service. 

Thank you, Miya and James!