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. (You’ll enjoy that website, so if you are interested in more information, check it out!) 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.  And so they did. 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. We are a donor advised fund and we use the Community Foundation to streamline our investment process and the distribution of our grants.

So, who is this family that started The Luminous Fund? They are an entrepreneurial family and company that humbly and enthusiastically serves others.  1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.


Michael A. Carrier, President

Michael currently works as an employee for the City of Fort Wayne. Additionally, he has served in the United States military for 11 years. He previously served in the Army on active duty, and he currently serves in the Air National Guard as a traditional guardsman.

Michael lives in Fort Wayne, IN with his wife, Katherine, and their three children with one on the way. He loves spending time with his family and reading the local paper with a hot cup of coffee. In his free time, he enjoys running and considers himself an avid running enthusiast.


Dave Carrier, Vice President

Dave is the owner of DXD Furniture, a custom woodworking and furniture business. He enjoys spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids, particularly if it involves going out to breakfast. He is a talented builder and craftsman.


Kathy Carrier, CPA

Kathy Carrier, Secretary/Treasurer, spent the first half of her career working in the insurance industry and then as an entrepreneur.  Now, as the CEO of Briljent and the Secretary/Treasurer of The Luminous Fund, she is learning how to positively impact the lives of others with wealth. “As for me and my house, we will serve The Lord.” Joshua 24:15.

Kathy lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana and enjoys contributing to Briljent as an owner and the Bass Lake community as a volunteer.  She drives people to their cancer treatments, goes to Cubs games and plays with her grandkids.  This year she is going to be learning about healthy lake shorelines and glass enameling.



Behind every successful work endeavor is a knowledgeable team. Briljent specializes in helping people learn, improving their workplace performance and supporting individual growth. We have deep expertise in adult learning, instructional design and training delivery.
We began our business in 1998, and have grown continuously ever since, developing strong relationships with public and private sector clients and partners. While our business success is important, what really drives us is our commitment to helping others succeed.
We want to put our heads on the pillow each night knowing we’ve accomplished something worthwhile. We believe firmly that if this passion for making a contribution comes first, business success will follow.