The Spark 2017 program will run approximately October 1, 2017 to June 15, 2018.
Spark will invite approximately 25 highly motivated students ranging from ages 13 to 23 who aspire to be future innovators and leaders in charities, social enterprises, philanthropic foundations, development offices, and in the government, financial institutions and businesses that interact with them.
The qualities sought include academic achievement, creativity, demonstrated initiative and good interpersonal skills.
Our objective is to Encourage, Engage, Empower & Educate the students on the important and rewarding aspects of philanthropy, and on socially responsible investing worldwide.
Enormously beneficial to participants will be the recognition of the history of philanthropy, the top philanthropic foundations in the world, and how philanthropy is cultivated across different cultures.
We intend to develop a high level curriculum on surrounding global affairs, social politics and the economics of philanthropy to implement into academic institutions.
We will expose the students to a series of seminars before leading them to activate their very own personal philanthropic portfolio. This is the single most important exercise that will help them realize their ongoing purpose and Spark will help them curate, measure and manage their objectives for value and impact.
Time Commitment: The Spark Philanthropy Program runs for nine months, from October 2017 to June 2018. You should expect to spend approximately 4 hours every month on attending seminars and working on the online course. There are optional sessions that may require travel and would increase the commitment period.
Cost of the Program: The cost of the program, including uniforms, speaker sessions and course material is $1,835 per student, excluding optional travel engagements. If you are able, please make your cheque payable the Spark Global Philanthropy Foundation.
If you are unable to afford the program fee and require financial assistance, please advise us. A grant may be available to you from our Spark Founding Members Circle that consists of:
- Frank Giustra
- Abdul and Hanifa Ladha
- Harald and Sharlene Ludwig
- John and Leah O’Neil
- David and Erica Pallfy
- Dominic and Traci Spooner
STANFORD ONLINE COURSE
Course: Giving 2.0 – a Stanford University course on philanthropy that we will deliver online. Duration: 8 hours in stages over 2 months. (Mandatory)
About this Course
A philanthropist is anyone who gives anything — time, money, experience, skills, and networks — in any amount, to create a better world. This course will empower you to practice philanthropy more effectively and make your giving more meaningful to both you and those you strive to help.
Giving 2.0: The MOOC, is a Stanford University-sponsored online course taught by social entrepreneur, philanthropist and bestselling author Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen. MOOC will teach you how to assess nonprofits, create a high-impact philanthropic strategy, volunteer more effectively, use existing, free technology for good and more.
MOOC is a six-module course. Each module has a particular theme and 5-10 content-packed and activity-rich, videos exploring that theme. Videos will include lectures from Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen as well as interviews, discussions and lectures given by guest speakers. Guest speakers are renowned leaders in multiple industries including philanthropy, technology and business, who will provide unique insights into course topics. By the course’s conclusion, course participants will have created an Individual Giving Action Plan to guide their future giving in a highly effective and meaningful way. Course participants will also complete a formal nonprofit assessment and be provided with ongoing, post-MOOC philanthropy education content that will support continued development and execution of their philanthropic goals.
SPEAKER SESSIONS – The Sessions listed below are tentative and are subject to change. They are only meant to serve as a guide and are announced one month in advance, based on speaker’s availability.
1. Speaker Mastery – America’s Leading Speaker Development (Mandatory)
With over 25 years of experience in developing and producing conferences with the top names in the world, Speakers Development will provide a comprehensive training program on:
a. Public speaking
b. Overcoming limiting beliefs and fears
c. Vocal coaching
d. Event promotion and management
e. Making powerful and compelling presentations
Foundations and History of Philanthropy
This seminar will provide an overview and critical appraisal of the concepts and theories, history and emerging trends, as well as some of the key debates and ethical issues surrounding philanthropy and civil society. (Mandatory. Duration: 3 hours)
Frank Giustra – Leading Philanthropists Session
Inside the Radcliffe Foundation & the
Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership
This seminar will provide an overview of some of the top foundations and their motivations. It will cover in detail the history of the Radcliffe Foundation and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership. (Mandatory. Duration: 3 hours)
Ian Telfer – Leading Philanthropists Session
“Thinking Beyond your Own Personal Gain”
This seminar will provide an overview of some of the top foundations and their motivations. It will cover in detail the philanthropic trail of Ian Telfer, his role with Goldcorp, founding the Telfer School of Management, and the lessons he learned during his career. (Mandatory. Duration: 3 hours)
Top Philanthropic Foundations in the World
Student Presentation (Mandatory, 3 hours)
This seminar will continue provide an overview of some of the top foundations and their motivations. Students are asked to select a foundation or philanthropist that resonates with them and are required to present a 3-min audio visual presentation on that foundation.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Pending and TBA
Wealth Management & Philanthropy – Part I
This Seminar will cover:
- Family Foundations and Wealth Management
- Financial management
- Philanthropy as part of Wealth Management Strategy
- Comparative Investment Strategies
(Mandatory. Duration: 3 hours)
8. Seminar Wealth Management & Philanthropy – Part II
This Seminar will cover:
- Responsible Investing
- Charitable giving vehicles
(Mandatory. Duration: 3 hours)
The Importance of Philanthropy
Guest Speaker: TBA
Honorable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – Ottawa – Pending and TBA (Optional) – The Importance of Philanthropy.
11. Spark Gala (Mandatory)
Several ambassadors from the program will be asked to select a cause that they are passionate about and present a case for funding it at the gala. A portion of the proceeds raised from the gala benefit the student’s programs, the remainder will benefit Spark and the various programs it supports.