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Sister Preschool in Zambia Launched in Partnership with Lincoln Park Preschool

Sharon Kozek, Owner and Founder of Lincoln Park Preschool and Kindergarten, along with members of her team have enthusiastically joined with Spark Ventures to help launch a new preschool in Zambia. Early childhood education is critical to any students' future success in the world, but...

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08 February
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  |   Business, business development, community programs, report from the field, socent, social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, social good, spark ventures, zambia   |   No comment

Counting our Chickens

Our social impact partner's poultry farm in Zambia, like any business, benefits from economy of scale. As the farm grows, the profit margins on their production increase - leading to more net revenue and more funds that can be transferred to support the operations of...

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19 April
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  |   community programs, education, healthcare, nicaragua, nutrition, partnership trip, public health, socent, social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, social good, spark ventures, travel, zambia   |   No comment

Why Travel With Spark?

Over the last seven years, Spark has developed a world-class impact travel program, hosting over 300 participants on trips to Nicaragua and Zambia.   What do we mean by "Impact Travel"?   1. A first hand look at Spark's international impact investing via our business driven philanthropy model 2. Volunteering...

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19 March
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Nicaragua Thrills – See for yourself!

When people ask us about Spark Ventures' business driven philanthropy model or the impact this model has on hundreds of children in Nicaragua and Zambia, we often find ourselves saying at some point in the conversation: "Come and see for yourself!" Last week we had...

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17 February
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Welcome Arnold, Spark’s New Program Manager!

We are thrilled to announce the newest member of our team, Arnold Duijzer! To help you (and us!) get to know Arnold a little better, we had a little Q&A session with him.     Where are you from and what did you study? I was born and raised in a...

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12 January
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Round Two Travelers

What's better than traveling with Spark to engage with our partner organizations? Traveling with us twice!   It seems that some Spark supporters have been bitten by a very specific travel bug...

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01 December
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Visiting the Adolescent Center

Participants on our Nicaragua partnership trip do more than just see the sights--they interact with our partner organization, Las Tías, and the children the organization serves. In doing so they are able to gain an appreciation for the impact of programming for children of all...

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01 December
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  |   Allowance for Good, community programs, girls, nicaragua, partnership trip, report from the field, social good, travel, women's empowerment   |   No comment

Guest Blog: Reflections on Reciprocity

Karin Scott is the Program Manager at Allowance for Good. She recently returned from traveling with Spark Ventures and Allowance for Good youth to Nicaragua on our August Partnership Trip. Karen wrote these reflections on day 3 of the trip, and agreed to share them...

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12 August
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  |   Allowance for Good, community programs, education, nicaragua, nutrition, partnership trip, report from the field, social good, spark ventures, travel   |   No comment

So, what did YOU do on your summer vacation?

The students from Allowance for Good and other youth who joined us for our August Partnership Trip to Nicaragua are leaving a powerful impact on the lives of the children they met at Las Tías. The trip, as with all Spark Ventures Partnership Trips, incorporated lots...

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11 August
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