Find the Light Foundation

When in Darkness, Find the Light

GuideStar Charity Check

Find the Light Foundation

EIN: 85-3474355


“To Promote the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Youth and Young Adults by Providing Accessible Resources, Support, and Education.”

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Zack Diebold


Alex Bingham

Main address

2248 S Jefferson Ave

St Louis, MO 63104 USA

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Subject area info

Mental health care

Population served info



Young adults


NTEE code info

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Inadequate mental health resources and the stigma surrounding mental health, particularly among youth and young adults.

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?


Creating innovating services to help connect people to the mental health resources that they need.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work


Organizational Leadership Award 2022

Athena Leadership Foundation

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


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.

Provide better access to mental health resources and education, and to create a culture that encourages seeking help for mental health concerns.

Create services that decrease the barriers to finding and accessing quality mental health resources.
Partner with schools and other institutions to work through strategies to improve their mental health climate.
Work with young people directly to mentor them on improving their mental health climate in their circles.

Committed board members and a strong following of people who support our goal.

We have several schools who have expressed an interest in working with us, and we have created several world-class resource tools that make it easy to find a resource out of our database of hundreds of vetted and validated resources.

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 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Find the Light Foundation

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Find the Light Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $500
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $1,049
Program Services $1,471
Administration $0
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $2,073

Find the Light Foundation

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $314
Total Liabilities $13
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $301


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Zack Diebold

Zack Diebold started at Find the Light before it was a foundation. Having heard about the cause from friends and family and being referred to the Facebook page, he volunteered to photograph the group’s upcoming Candlelight Vigil. From there, his interest in the group only grew, with him becoming the group’s IT director, designing and maintaining the website and digital needs of the growing organization. Following a successful start, Zack started what would become Find the Light’s Resources department by conceptualizing and developing the Resource Portal and numerous subsequent resource tools. Zack Diebold became the Executive Director in 2023 and is currently studying Economics and Computer Science at Saint Louis University.


Alex Bingham

Alex Bingham founded Find the Light Foundation because she was concerned with the growing rate of suicide and overdose in her area, and after losing friends to the mental health crisis. Alex is a microbiologist and epidemiologist and uses her experience in science, along with her background in advocacy and her experiences with her own mental health, to develop evidence-based strategies and programs within Find the Light Foundation. By combining her expertise in microbiology and epidemiology with her passion for mental health advocacy, Alex aims to address the root causes of mental health challenges and implement effective solutions.

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Find the Light Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/10/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Alex Bingham

Alex Bingham

Ann Bingham

Helena Bostic

Aimee Robertson

Shreenik Enturi

Maddy Alexander

Annie Nguyen

Liam Robertson

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/10/2023

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
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/26/2023

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 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.