Light the Legacy

Educate Empower Inspire

Saint Cloud, MN   |  https://www.lightthelegacy.org

Mission

Light the Legacy's mission is to educate and empower the people of Central Minnesota about the importance of personal health care planning through facilitating conversation and inspiring action.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Lynn MacKenzie

Main address

619 W Saint Germain St # 218

Saint Cloud, MN 56301 USA

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EIN

47-2673813

NTEE code info

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Too often family members who cannot speak for themselves due to illness or accident, and find themselves approaching End of Life healthcare rely on relatives to make important end-of-life decisions for them. Yet, well in advance of the end-of-life situation, family conversations and resulting legal documents to pursue such decisions, leave a void. The family member, or agent, who is charged with making end-of-life healthcare decisions for her/his loved one is at a loss to know what this loved one would want. And therein lies fear, anxiety, and the most distraught emotions. People want to do the right thing for the people they love, but they must know what the person they love would want in end-of-life healthcare. Therefore, Light the Legacy helps families and professional healthcare staff - through education - navigate the process of from having and supporting difficult, yet necessary conversations to completing appropriate documents, and the procedure that follows.

Our programs

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Training Adults and Healthcare Staff

Light the Legacy conducts Advance Care Planning Facilitator classes (ACP) for medical staff, other professionals, and adult family members wishing to learn about End-of-Life Healthcare planning. Training is also arranged for Physician's Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) facilitators. During the pandemic, Light the Legacy conducts virtual ACP classes every month through the Whitney Senior Center. Partnerships and donors' financial support make these classes for the public and medical staff possible.
We encourage adults 18 and over to prepare an Advanced Healthcare Directive. Light the Legacy classes navigate the way.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Light the Legacy seeks to reach families in central Minnesota with education about completing Advanced Healthcare directives well in advance of being needed for decision-making. Such preparation decreases anxiety, fear, and the emotions surrounding decisions about end-of-life healthcare for loved ones.

Light the Legacy reaches out to community members through Health Fairs (prior to Covid 2020), Zoom classes for community members, professional healthcare staff, and for Seniors and family members twice a month at Whitney Senior Center in St. Cloud. An evening class will be added in 2021. Prior to Covid, Light the Legacy's Executive Director, and assisting professional medical staff provided classes for civic groups, churches, and other organizations by request. There is a website: https://www.lightthelegacy.org to visit to gain free materials and information. Light the Legacy sned out, via email, a monthly newsletter. We are also present on Facebook. Getting the word out!

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Light the Legacy

Board of directors
as of 4/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mary Ellen Wells

C-Suite Resources

Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Deborah Laxson

Author, "The Gray Zone"

Term: 2021 - 2023

Patricia Bresser

St. Cloud State Univ.

Joy Hornung

Clifton Larson Allen

Merryn Jolkovsky, M.D.

St. Cloud Hospital

Dan Whitlock, M.D.

St. Cloud Hospital - CentraCare

Michelle Jaskolka

St. Cloud Hospital - CentraCare

Natalie Spiczka

St. Croix Hospice

Catherine Anderson

St. Cloud Veterans Administration

Abdalle Jamaa

CentraCare

Kirstin Erickson

Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A.

Sangeeta Jha

St. Cloud Technical College

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/05/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

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Disability

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