Light the Legacy

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Saint Cloud, MN   |
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Light the Legacy

EIN: 47-2673813


Light the Legacy's mission is to educate, empower, and inspire individuals to engage in comprehensive advance care planning so their healthcare preferences for the future will be expressed and honored.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Lynn MacKenzie

Main address

619 W Saint Germain St # 218

Saint Cloud, MN 56301 USA

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Subject area info

Health care quality

Health care administration and financing

Personal services


Population served info


People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms



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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

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

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

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: 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!

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Light the Legacy
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.92 over 8 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.1 over 8 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2% over 8 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Light the Legacy

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Light the Legacy’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $87,246 -$57,880
As % of expenses 59.7% -28.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $87,246 -$57,880
As % of expenses 59.7% -28.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $233,349 $142,905
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -38.8%
Program services revenue 38.9% 58.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 8.1%
All other grants and contributions 61.1% 33.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $146,103 $200,785
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 37.4%
Personnel 44.8% 60.9%
Professional fees 32.0% 20.4%
Occupancy 0.8% 0.6%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 2.1%
All other expenses 22.4% 16.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $146,103 $200,785
One month of savings $12,175 $16,732
Debt principal payment $0 $11,560
Fixed asset additions $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $158,278 $229,077

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021 2022
Months of cash 22.2 10.9
Months of cash and investments 22.2 10.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 21.2 12.0
Balance sheet composition info 2021 2022
Cash $270,271 $182,031
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.3% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $258,711 $200,831

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021 2022
Material data errors No No


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

Executive Director

Lynn MacKenzie

Lynn is the Executive Directive for Light the Legacy, a nonprofit organization. She holds a degree in Interdepartmental Speech Communications from St. Cloud State University and is certified through Respecting Choices® as an advance care planning facilitator and instructor for advance care planning facilitators and POLST (Providers Orders for Life Sustaining Treatments) facilitators. Lynn is author of the book “The Tear Catcher – God’s Hand in Your Heartache” and the play, “An Almost Murder Mystery”.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Light the Legacy

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Mary Ellen Wells

C-Suite Resources

Term: 2021 - 2023

Board co-chair

Jerry McCarter

Clifton Larson

Term: 2023 - 2025

Patricia Bresser

St. Cloud State Univ. - Retired

Joy Hornung

Clifton Larson Allen

Merryn Jolkovsky, M.D.

St. Cloud Hospital - Retired

Sangeeta Jha

St. Cloud Technical College

Richard Shank

United Hospital St. Paul - Retired

Stephen Pareja

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud

Sarah Schmidt

Country Manor

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/10/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/17/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.