The Luminous Fund

About The Luminous Fund: The Luminous Fund was created in 2016 by Kathy and Dave Carrier and their children. Their original motivation was to pass the foundation of giving and service to their four children and their significant others.  They were inspired by the idea that Briljent’s success will continue to bless their family, their employees, and the lives of others.

Luminous is funded through the financial success of Briljent, a consulting firm that Kathy created in 1998. Briljent provides training, writing, and change management solutions to government and corporate clients nationally.

The first round of giving from The Luminous Fund occurred in December 2016.  Carrier family members and employees submitted grant requests from the agencies they viewed as important. This gives Briljent employees a direct way to serve other people through the work that they do at Briljent.

The Luminous Fund is proud to partner with the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. The Luminous Fund is a donor advised fund and uses the Community Foundation to streamline the investment process and the distribution of their grants.

Grant Application Information: The Luminous Fund 2022 Board meeting will be in July 2022. They are interested in funding the agencies and programs their employees and family members are passionate about and support. They are especially interested in outcomes and results from the prior year’s funding.

Requests to be funded in 2022 must be received by April 1, 2022.

Note: The Luminous Fund is interested in funding specific programs and innovative new efforts. They will not fund general operating expenses.

The Luminous Fund is primarily interested in funding agencies that matter to two groups of people:

  • Briljent employees
  • Carrier family members

If you are not connected to either group, it is unlikely your grant submission will be successful.  In 2022, they are focused on making a bigger impact on fewer agencies.  If you have questions, contact founder and Secretary, Kathy Carrier,

2022 Schedule:

  • January – December
    • Dialogue with Agencies, Community Visits
  • January – December
    • Community Projects with Briljent Employees and Carrier Family Members
  • April 1, 2022
    • 2022 Grant Applications Due
  • April – June 2022
    • Questions and Clarification
  • July 2022
    • Luminous Board Meeting
  • Third Quarter 2022
    • Funds Distributed to Agencies

To request funds, you will need to submit the following information:

  • Name and address of the organization
  • Person (and email) submitting the request
  • Amount requested
  • Specific purpose of the requested funds
  • Mission statement and purpose of the organization
  • Measurement of success
  • List of board of directors
  • Current financial statements and/or annual report

To learn more, please contact:

Lisa Pickerman
Director of Grants and Scholarships

You can also contact another member of our Grants and Scholarships team.