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Light the Path Forward

We have a foundational faith in the vital importance of work that advances diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). Importantly, DEIB work helps build strong, high-functioning, and inclusive teams. Little Light also focuses on supporting organizations’ financial health -- because effective, strategic fundraising sustains the vital work of mission-driven nonprofits. Much like a light, our initiatives shine brightly, illuminating areas of strength and opportunities for growth in our partner organizations.  

We’ll work with you to create strategic fundraising initiatives or a customized curriculum that achieves your DEIB goals. Our strategies and trainings give individuals and teams the tools and skills they need to create a culture where everyone’s light shines.

Our Values



We pride ourselves on thinking outside of the box and creating new pathways and outcomes.



Community is at our core and the most important ideal about our work.



We lead with curiosity and the understanding that we will always be students in this work.



It is our priority to create safe spaces that allow vulnerability and healing.

Take the First Step

Interested in learning more? We’ll get to know your organization through a short survey that allows us to develop a clear understanding of your organization and structures. Little Light then takes that information and begins to customize solutions-based initiatives that create new avenues of growth around communication, organizational structure, brand, and policies. 

We support open communication and dialogue in the workplace. Employee engagement is important for the goals we set to achieve, and is key to inclusivity. We welcome all feedback and we like to open the floor to everyone in order to create initiatives that everyone can agree with.

Meet The Founder

Tierney Yates (he/him) believes our light is a gift given to us to help illuminate the change we want to see in our world. With social justice at his core, Tierney is ignited by the liberation of all people.


Prior to launching Little Light, Tierney worked in the nonprofit sphere for over 12 years, using cross-sector collaboration strategies to create spaces with equity and inclusivity at the center. His strategies and expertise include fundraising, program implementation, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) facilitation and training. As a leader in this work, he was awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature Assembly. Tierney has been a panelist for DEI work at the University California Santa Cruz, Mills College Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy, and his alma mater, San Jose State University. 


Tierney is excited to take his years of experience and use them to begin this journey of helping others find their light.


Trust your intuition and success will follow

Tierney Yates

Tierney Yates

Founder & Principal Consultant

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