Light Up To Live, Inc

Lighting a path to better health

aka Light Up To Live Foundation   |   Dallas, TX   |  lightuptolive.org

Mission

Light Up To Live Foundation provides polychromatic light therapy systems and highly trained service dogs to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans living with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress, TBI, pain, and depression. We connect and support like-minded organizations that benefit this community.

Notes from the nonprofit

Light Up To Live Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity based in Dallas, TX, and founded by Randall and Sherry Reed. As a military family, they are dedicated to raising awareness about the members of our U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans living with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), tissue injury, pain, and depression. Light Up To Live helps connect these military members and their families to other organizations that are in alignment with our mission to provide direct aid and assistance. We want to light a path to better health.

Ruling year info

2017

President and Founder

Randall Reed

Main address

PO Box 195158

Dallas, TX 75219 USA

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EIN

82-0635428

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

Public Foundations (T30)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We address the often hidden physical and emotional needs of veterans living with PTS, Brain Trauma, Pain and Depression. Many are addicted to medications like opioids that keep them from fully functioning at their optimal selves. Our light therapy systems are a holistic tool in their pain management tool box that if used consistently can help them achieve greater physical freedom from their injuries. When pain is reduced, they have a clearer mind and are more open to discovering what they physically can do, not what they can't do. We also address military veterans who may have difficulty transitioning back into civilian life. A highly trained Service Dog may be the emotional and physical support they need to enjoy a more normal life. Some veterans need an emotional "buffer" in large crowds or around loud noises in public settings. Others have adaptive needs including seizures, amputations, depression that a Service Dog can provide direct assistance with on a daily basis.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Polychromatic Light Therapy Systems

Provide Polychromatic Light Therapy Systems to other not-for-profit organizations that provide various therapies to improve the health of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress, TBI, Pain, Depression and other adaptive needs.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

We actively raise money to fund the training of superior canines for veterans living with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. Funding pays for training, 5 years of canine food and vetrinary care.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

Accreditations

Gold Star 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of service dogs trained and placed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Patriotic Service Dog Funding

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each service dog costs $35,000 to train and it takes 18 to 24 months to train and then place a dog with a vetted veteran. We pay for the dog and the training and nutritional and veterinary support.

Donation of polychromatic light therapy systems to veterans living with pain and adaptive needs.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Polychromatic Light Therapy Systems

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We donate light therapy systems for pain management to graduates of the Adaptive Training Foundation who are primarily veterans with adaptive needs going through rigorous physical therapy.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to positively impact the lives of US military members and military veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress, Pain, Depression, or Brain Trauma by giving them unique and holistic alternatives to healing.

Our goal is to create community awareness of veterans' unmet mental and physcal health needs through the synergy of consistent communication to veteran organizations and tangible delivery of our unique services to those who serve our country.

Our goal is to raise enough funds to impact the lives of up to 50 veterans a year in our community and beyond and to disperse those funds and services in a timely, transparent, effective and honorable manner.








Being a small organization, our strategy is to affiliate with high quality, like-minded veteran-centric organizations in our immediate community that provide direct physical and psychological therapy.

We purchase and then donate polychromatic light therapy systems - up to 30-50 persons per year - to active military or military veterans who need the system for pain management. We introduce the systems in a physical therapy setting and they apply online for a system. Their applications give us a way to verify their medical and military status.

We partner with Service Dog training organizations who offer training specific to military members returning to civilian life and need assistance with appropriate socialization and emotional management skills. We fund the dogs as well as canine nutrition and veterinary expenses for the veteran.

We raise funds through two special events geared to business associates, friends and military organizations who support our mission and want a trusted and tangible way to express their gratitude to these veterans.

We communicate on a monthly basis through newsletters, social media posts, personal visits with sponsors and affiliates, video documentaries about the work behind our mission.


We are a highly experienced group of local business leaders with expertise in marketing, communications, military families, not-for-profit management, medical devices, automotive management and community service.

We operate a private professional office with one full time paid Executive Administrator.

We enjoy the hands on expertise of our Board members and the marketing support of our board members' marketing teams.

Our Board members leverage their business connections and community relationships to support our messaging, fundraising, and deliverables.

We meet bi-monthly to discuss detailed strategies for achieving our goals.

In the past 5 years, including two years of the pandemic, we have consistently achieved our goals. To date,
we have successfully placed 6 Service Dogs and 4 are currently in training at the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation. We have also delivered 100 light therapy systems to veterans who are graduates of the Adaptive Training Foundation which provides physical therapy for military members and civilians with adaptive needs.

We are on track in year six to deliver 2 more Service Dogs and up to 50 light therapy systems. Our fundraising remains steady with the consistent support of our loyal sponsors. We take pride in keeping our sponsors in the fold year in and year out.

We have met our goal of staying within our financial means and abilities of our sponsors and board members and NOT taking on expenses or commitments that we were not confident that we could achieve. A financial stretch for us in 2021 was the funding of large Ford Transit Van for the safe transportation of Service Dogs to their veteran handlers.

While our Board has not grown, we have added a Planning Committee comprised of individuals who have expertise that we need for the execution of our fundraising events. This provides consistency and quality overall. We also retain legal counsel, accounting counsel as well as digital marketing experts to keep our website fresh and optimized. These services are pro bono or at a reduced fee.

Our data base has grown from 0 to nearly 1000 supporters who have opted into our newsletter and our social media following is approaching 5,000 followers.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The retired military community living with PTS, TBI, pain & depression, by providing them with a Polychromatic LED Light System to use at home. We donate the light systems at no cost to the veterans offering them a holistic approach to pain management. We also fund the cost of training highly skilled service dogs to aid veterans living with adaptive needs.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Light Up To Live Foundation recently added a testimonial page to our website from Military Veterans we have served by providing at no cost to the recipient a Polychromatic LED Light Therapy System to treat PTS, TBI, pain, and blood circulation. The Foundation has raised funds to train highly skilled service dogs at no charge to the handler to aid Veterans living with adaptive needs. The training of each dog takes 18-24 months before it is selectively paired with a Veteran. Every year the dog and Veteran have to go through a recertification program. The testimonials on this page are the direct result from each individual Veteran the Light Up To Live Foundation has served.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Light Up To Live, Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Angela Enright

Light Up To Live, Inc

Term: 2021 - 2022

Ben Michael

Commerce Street Capital

Angela Enright

Park Cities Ford

Randall Reed

Reed Enterprises

Sandi Vaughn

World Class Automotive Group

Shelby Reed

World Class Automotive Group

Justin Wright

World Class Automotive Group

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.