Spark is a community of young professionals who advance gender equality by engaging the next generation in accessible forms of philanthropy.

Since inception in 2005, Spark has grown from seven women co-founders to the largest network of young philanthropists dedicated to investing in women’s causes, with chapters in San Francisco and New York City.

“Today, we have a reach of 16,000 women and men primarily in their 20s and 30s who have pooled their resources and raised more than $3 million to improve the lives of women and girls globally”


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This year, Spark is once again calling on women-led organisations and initiatives around the world advancing gender equality and women rights of their communities to apply for its seed and early stage grant between $3,000 to $5,000.

Eligibility for Spark 2019

The Spark seed grant is for organisations that:

  • Address the root causes of the financial, educational, health, and economic challenges that women and girls face at the grass root level
  • Provide improved life services currently not available in the geographical area where they are located
  • Push to ensure a better quality of living by advancing female engagements in societal and economic relevance
  • Have up to 50% of their leadership comprised of female indigenes from their situated geographical locations
  • Have an annual operating budget under $150,000

Organisational Competitive Advantages

Having met the above eligibility criteria, Spark will give preference to organisations that:

  • Are willing to look beyond money, but also maximise the availability of human resources- talents.
  • Have solid leadership potency to actualise their initiatives
  • Have entrepreneurial acumen, taking chances to improve their communities at the grass root level
  • Have Spark as their early funder

How to apply

Interested women and girls leading philantropic initiatives in their community may visit the website to apply for the Spark seed grant. Note, application is on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply, the better.