Youth Development

The Shining Light Foundation

  • Lafayette, LA
  • shininglightfoundation.org

Mission Statement

To provide financial assistance to individual children for academic, cultural and personal enrichment so that every child's light will shine.

Main Programs

  1. Musical Instruments
  2. Field Trips
Service Areas

Self-reported

Louisiana

Lafayette Parish Public Schools in Kindergarten through 6th grade in Lafayette, Louisiana

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer since 1998

Self-reported

Dr. Carolyn O. French

Vice-President since 2013

Self-reported

Cynthia Dauphin

Keywords

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Youth Development, children, musical instruments, field trips, tutoring, to make every child's light shine.

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EIN

72-1405319

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We have provided funding for 38 students for school band rentals and 20 scholarships for field trips. The goal of the project is to provide instruments, equipment and supplies, field trips and tutoring services to Lafayette Parish public school students in K-6 whose families cannot afford to provide them. Applications are based on needs as indicated and requested by teachers and counselors.

Programs

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

Program 1

Musical Instruments

Provide funding for the rental of musical instruments.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$6,500.00

Program 2

Field Trips

To provide funding for field trips to low-income families for children who would not participate in a school functions without our assistance.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$5,500.00

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To provide funding for academic enrichment thoughout Lafayette Parish public schools at the request of teachers, counselors, and principals.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To include school personnel in identifying students who cannot participate in school activities because of a lack of funds and provide assistance as an "agency of last resort."
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our website allows school personnel to submit applications for funds to assist individual students in participating in their school activities. Our scholarship committee reviews applications and submits them for review and potential approval by the Board of Directors at monthly meetings. Checks are mailed directly to the Principals of schools for applications that have been approved and funded. Copies of the approved applications are included so the Principals can identify the activities and students for whom the funds are intended. .
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Students who are in grades k-6 in Lafayette Parish public school can receive assistance for participation in their school activities if applications are received from school personnel.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have expanded the grades served and increased the number of applications granted each year. We have now awarded more than $65,000 in response to more than 1,000 applications. We have increased awareness of our program by directly meeting with counselors and other school personnel. We have created an annual fundraiser that provides funds and creates public awareness of our organization and activities.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Louisiana

Lafayette Parish Public Schools in Kindergarten through 6th grade in Lafayette, Louisiana

Funding Needs

The project is an ongoing one but is scheduled for each school year.   The project's principal focus is in two areas: 1) contributing to the rental of musical instruments to allow involvement in school band, and 2) providing the fee for school sponsored field trips. SLF offers support to students for other developmental activities and materials such as summer tutoring classes and classroom supply kits. Our project estimate for this school year is $10,000.

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Operations

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The Shining Light Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Carolyn O. French

Vice-President

Cynthia Dauphin

BIO

Nineteen years in managing the Shining Light Foundation. Thirty years experience on numerous other boards. Bachelor's Degree in Education and 5 years of experience teaching in public high schools. Master of Arts Degree in History. Ph.D. Degree in Historical Geography and Anthropology with several years of teaching at universities. Former position as Socioeconomic Consultant with the U.,S. Department of the Interior. Thirty years of experience as a Financial Advisor with major investment firms. Recipient of numerous awards and recognition for leadership in the community and in my career.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The positive and healthy development of children can only be achieved when every child, regardless of family income, has access to programs that provide peer group acceptance, enhanced self esteem, affirmation from the community, and the potential for cultivation of interests and talents. No other agency is currently providing these services to individual students."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr Carolyn O. French

UBS Financial Services

Term: Sept 1996 - Aug 2013

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
Yes
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
Yes
We have a diversity committee in place
Yes
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
www.shininglightfoundation.org Our major fundraiser, the Zydeco/Cajun BASH celebrates and brings together the music and culture of creole, African American, Cajun, and white participants.