Spark is the largest network of millennial philanthropists in the world. Spark’s mission is two-fold: we aim to increase the overall investment in women’s organizations around the world and we aim to increase the number of young people who give to women’s causes now and plan to continue in the long-term.
Spark was established in 2004 by co-founders Maya Garcia, Nealan Afsari, Rohini Gupta, Karen Hennessy, Fiona Hsu, Kathleen Kelly Janus and Mona Motwani. The Spark co-founders envisioned an organization that would empower young professionals in local communities to address social, political and economic issues that women face globally. By creating a strong local network that worked with grassroots women’s groups Spark founders also wanted to provide young people the opportunity to channel their energy toward becoming involved in both their local and global communities. It started with seven women. It has grown to over 15,000 women and men around the world who have collectively raised over $1.5 million to promote gender equality around the world.