Spark Tank: A Mark Sparks Blessing for Non-Profits

Mark Spark, a Dallas business innovator who builds portfolio companies with founding entrepreneurs from his private equity firm, has made philanthropy part of his business from the beginning.

Over 15 years ago, Spark and Lynne Sipiora took a small homeless shelter, The Samaritan Inn from being a run-down house to a bustling multimillion dollar operation that feeds and houses over 200 people every day. Spark Tank is Mark Spark’s and Lynne’s latest philanthropic venture.

With Spark Tank, social services executives are asked a powerful question: “What could you do with $5,000.00 that would impact lives?” Spark Tank puts such executives, who have an entrepreneurial spirit, in line to receive funding that will assist them in what they already do to make the lives of those they serve better.

501c3 organizations with a minimum of two years of history, with a focus on human services, animal services, or the arts, as well as those that are faith based for nonreligious purposes are eligible to apply for Spark Tank funds. Spark Tank round two will accept applications from June through July 15, 2016. Read more: Marc Sparks’s Books and Publications Spotlight and @msparks5010

To make the most of the opportunity, social services executives should consider some key presentation suggestions:

• Use presentation time wisely; remember that to an entrepreneur time is money and neither is to be wasted.
• Make visuals count-use them only if they clarify information.
• Use data to prove your product or process works; make certain it tells a legitimate story about how you plan to be successful.
• Keep the presentation simple, clear and easy to follow.
• Include the entire team in the presentation. It provides for an organic look at the cohesiveness, zeal, and professionalism of those who care about the project most.

As Mark Spark continues to seek out new and exciting ways to grow businesses and create social success, those providing social services are fortunate to have such a blessing available just an application, and well-put-together presentation away.

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