Spark learning. Spark collaboration. Spark momentum. Spark change.
“When these issues come up in conversation, I feel like I can have an informed discussion. The information blows people away.” – Spark Opportunity donor
The Spark Opportunity Giving Circle brings together Community Foundation donors to deepen their understanding and commitment to closing the stark income and opportunity disparities in our region.
Spark Opportunity was inspired by a conversation. In 2015, a passionate group of donors attended a Community Foundation event featuring Robert Putnam, author of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, the seminal book that examines the growing opportunity gap across America. Shocked by what they learned, these donors were driven to learn more about equity and the opportunity gap in our community. Through a shared learning journey, the donors were inspired to play a role in creating solutions through collaborative giving as a giving circle in partnership with the Community Foundation.
Since that original discussion, this donor-driven circle has grown to become one of our organization’s primary efforts to tackle the unconscionable equity gap in Atlanta. The Spark Opportunity journey continues in 2018, with new donor investors adding renewed passion and commitment to the group.
In 2017, the Spark Opportunity Giving Circle focused its learning and philanthropic investments in Thomasville Heights—one of the region’s most underserved communities. Partnering with local nonprofits, these investments supported engagement of parent advocates in schools, helped to stop unlawful evictions and provided youth with exposure to cultural institutions and service learning.