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Many Lights Foundation: Helping Many Lights Shine the Brightest

Posted Feb 06, 2015 01:55 PM
Many Lights Foundation (MLF) is dedicated to providing children in foster care with elders, adoptive families, and kinship caregivers to help their lights shine the brightest. When they decided to enlist the help of 501 Commons' Management Consulting Services, they knew they were putting their board of directors on a strong path toward becoming champions of these vulnerable children.

At Many Lights Foundation, there is the unwavering belief that every child is a shining beam of light in the world.

But for too many children in our community, abuse and neglect can often leave them without a stable home and pathway to a better future. Many Lights Foundation (MLF) is dedicated to providing children in foster care with elders, adoptive families, and kinship caregivers to help their lights shine the brightest.

Helen Lakeru, founder and executive director of Many Lights Foundation, knew having a strong board of directors is crucial to serving these vulnerable children. That is why she enlisted the help of 501 Commons’ Management Consulting Services to facilitate an important board retreat they had on the horizon.

Their consultant, Charlotte Stuart, helped board leaders increase their accountability to each other at the retreat.

"After an initial meeting determined if the fit was good, we were off to the races, Helen says. "She was a pleasure to work with, was timely with all her deliverables, worked within our narrow time frame, and did a great job facilitating our board retreat."

Moving forward, MLF now has momentum to achieve their organizational goals.

"In all my dealings with 501 Commons, I have found them to be highly professional, well organized and customer focused and a great value for our limited budget. Having 501 Commons is such a valuable resource to nonprofits in the Puget Sound area," Helen says.

Many Lights Foundation understands that “family” isn’t just about DNA. Family is all about love, connection, and togetherness. Today, MLF has the leadership in place to be a more effective champion for these families.