About Us

After the loss of his infant daughter, Ken Larson, DDS, began volunteering his time with several national children’s charities in an effort to give back to other families and children in need. In 2006, he founded a local charity in Duluth, Minnesota with the mission of providing financial support to families with children who have life-threatening illnesses.

He chose the name Northern Lights Foundation (NLF) for this new non-profit organization because his vision was to bring some much needed light into the lives of children and families who were experiencing a dark time.

Dr. Larson has served as President of NLF since the beginning, and his son Michael established a second chapter in Twin Cities, Minnesota. Over the past decade, the foundation has raised more than $400,000 and made grants to more than 180 Northland families. Foundation grants are unrestricted which means families can use the funds for whatever needs they may have.


Board of Directors

Ken Larson

Ken Larson, DDS

President & Founder,
Northern Lights Foundation

Carrie Baney

Carrie Baney

Executive Director,
Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith and Frederick Law Firm

Northern Lights Foundation

Mia Valentini

Co-Owner,
Valentinis Vicino Lago

Northern Lights Foundation

Jean Toninato

Upper Lakes Foods

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Scott Lyons

Retired Police Chief,
City of Duluth

Ross Perko

Ross Perko, MD

Pediatric Oncologist & Hematologist,
Essentia Health

Tim Swanson

Tim Swanson

Customer Development Manager,
Advantage Solutions