Lynne Sipiora and Marc Sparks introduces a new process that will award grants as well as mentoring to non-profit organizations that are community-supportive, know as Spark Tank. Dallas/Fort Worth philanthropic groups can submit proposals for the opportunity to win a $5,000 grant in order to fund a non-profit case of their choosing.
Marc Sparks and the Spark Team are thrilled to announce that Mommies in Need is the winner of the second Spark Tank grant. Mommies in Need provides nannies to families that need childcare due to health emergencies or who are unable to afford qualified nanny care. The organization offers their qualified nanny services at no charge.
Mommies in Need have already expanded their openings to aid more families that are in need of assistance due to poor health, according to the President and CEO of Mommies in Need, Natalie Boyle.
In order to be considered for application, applicants must be an active organization that has been in operation for at least two years. Each non-profit organization has 10 minutes to present their submission and they have ten minutes to answer any questions that the Spark Tank may have following. The panel is judged based on the back story of the organization, how the grant will have a positive effect on the community, and how the results will be measured.
According to Marc Sparks, many applicants fail simply because they fail to tell the story of their organization, or don’t know how to ask for the donation. Marc Sparks is looking to foster intelligent, non-profits with a grant and mentor leadership by giving the opportunity for prospective organizations to present their case.
As an entrepreneur, Marc Sparks developed the Sparks Tank program in order to encourage social success. The third round of applications for the Sparks Tank grant is now being accepted with the deadline pending until October 1st. The fortunate winners of the rounds will compete in December for the grand prize. However National, United Way, political and faith-based charities will not be considered.
Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur out of Dallas who builds his own companies and has his own office. He handles portfolio companies in his equity firm, Timber Creek Capital, LP and he manages by example. He is also the author of They Can’t Eat You, and it is a book meant to help entrepreneurs achieve their own goals and follow their dreams.
Marc has had some hard times, and he appreciates the success what he now has. He has a passion for helping others and has been involved in The Samaritan Inn since the eighties-a homeless shelter that is helping many through their tough times. Despite all of his success, Marc is humble.