There are a lot of ways to give back to others, and serial entrepreneur Marc Sparks has found a unique and powerful way to help the charities in the Dallas area. It was a natural combination of all the things that Sparks enjoys in life, building a successful business operation and helping other people enjoys life more.
That is where the Spark Tank was born. All not for profits in the area were asked a simple question, what would your organization do with $5,000? They had to provide a short presentation that explained all of the good that would be accomplished with the prize money.
The response to the Spark Tank was incredible, round one opened with 14 applicants. Each of them providing a unique approach to making use of $5,000 and they represented the entire area very well. Read more: They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path To Outrageous Success
The committee had to pare down the list and got it down to a final three. They were invited to come and make their presentation in person. They were Dogs Matter, an organization that provides foster care for dogs of people recovering from addiction. The House of Eli, a halfway house for boys who are coming out of the foster care system.
Thirdly, Metro Relief, a mobile soup kitchen that provides much-needed food for hungry people, in many parts of the municipality.
These three worthy causes met to face off and were given 15 minutes each to present how their organization was going to use the money. The criteria were simple, the need for the program, a realistic manner of measuring results and the presentation itself. After much deliberation and deep thought, the committee picked its initial winner of the Spark Tank, Dogs Matter. Learn more about Marc Sparks: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marcsparks
Two more rounds are scheduled for this year and more great organizations will get involved. One is this summer and one in the fall, the winners of all the rounds will then be able to face off against each other for a larger prize.
One of the unforeseen results of this great idea was a bringing together of non-profit organizations that through connection have found ways to share resources and make all of the organizations more effective in their missions. When you bring positive people together, great things are going to happen.
Marc Sparks has been an entrepreneurial spirit throughout his life, participating in the start of over 60 different entrepreneurial ventures. He learned a lot from each of them and has shared many of his lessons, the good and the bad in his latest book called, They Can’t Eat You.
Marc Sparks is also now running a company called Timber Creek which is providing a positive atmosphere for fledgling businesses.
It is his belief that surrounding an enterprise with positive, successful people will make them successful as well. Starting the Spark Tank experiment is another venture that has already shown rewards and sparked the entrepreneurial spirit in many others. Read more: Marc Sparks – Profile – Disqus