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Spark Ventures is an innovative non-profit with a mission to provide sustainable solutions that lift communities out of poverty. Through philanthropic investments in social businesses, Spark Ventures leverages charitable contributions to provide ongoing funding for high-impact programming in education, health and nutrition.

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$296,000 invested in Zambian poultry farm,
with annual sales of 100,000+ chickens


50 jobs for local leaders supported
by Spark Ventures investments


15% of Zambian social program partner
funded by business revenue

""This is not about writing a check. It’s about joining an innovative organization and other investors to see your philanthropic capital leveraged for lasting impact around the world.""

Colleen Mitchell - VENTURE3Philanthropy LLC, Spark Ventures Advisor

""The programs and operations are designed so as not to perpetuate a dependency syndrome in the communities they are operating, but to make them self sustainable. As the African proverb states, ‘It takes the whole village to raise a child.’ In this case it is a global village.""

Head Teacher Ng’oma - Hope Community School Spark Ventures Social Impact Partner, Zambia

""We live in a global community, and it means so much to be a part of this, even a small part.""

Jeff Plaisted - Microsoft, Spark Ventures Board Member

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