The Segal Family Foundation’s mission is to make efficient and effective contributions to development in Sub-Saharan Africa. The foundation improves the lives of people in Sub-Saharan Africa by seeking out and supporting grassroots solutions that might otherwise be overlooked. SFF finds and funds the rising starts creating these solutions. SFF is nible, proactive and collaborative and is one of Spark’s founding partners.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) is focused on creating positive and sustainable change for people and ecosystems in the places where we do business through focused sustainability endeavors. We are committed to social and environmental responsibility and continue to evolve our company’s corporate citizenship and community outreach efforts. We’ve operated under the core belief that our strength as a business, our support for our employees, and our commitment to our local and global communities are inseparable; each supports the others in a powerful synergy that drives our success.
The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. This historic commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single disease internationally, and PEPFAR investments also help alleviate suffering from other diseases across the global health spectrum. PEPFAR is driven by a shared responsibility among donor and partner nations and others to make smart investments to save lives.
Google is the worlds largest search engine. Google has provided materials and support to Spark’s facilitator corps in Rwanda and Uganda.
Yahoo provided seed capital to Spark MicroGrants during Spark’s formation in 2010.
Educate! works to directly address the most fundamental challenge facing Africa: the lack of socially responsible leadership across diverse sectors of society. Educate! created a model of education that unlocks the potential of the next generation to solve the greatest problems facing their communities. The curriculum is focused on the skills and experience students need to find solutions to poverty, violence, disease, and environmental degradation. The teachers are mentors who build powerful relationships that give youth confidence to lead change. And the classroom is the community itself where the Educate! students start initiatives that solve the greatest challenges facing their communities. Today, Educate! is empowering 1,400 high-school aged youth at 24 partner high schools across Uganda, and developing a model of education that can be applied universally.
BESO’s mission is to provide and support with a strategic plan for mobilizing and managing resources available to contribute to the rural helpless, orphans, women and vulnerable children’s formal and non-formal education and welfare through financial, material or technical support to enable them achieve their full potential to make significant contribution to the development of the society and as well as empowering rural youth and women economically.
SIC believes that the HIV/AIDS crisis creates both an imperative to act and an opportunity to learn. We envision a world where HIV/AIDS no longer limits length or quality of life or reduces the social or economic development of communities, and where young people learn the skills to address the health crises of future generations. Our Mission is to limit the impact of HIV/AIDS in underserved communities and to train future leaders in global health and development.
Equipo Técnico de Educación en Salud Comunitaria (ETESC, Technical Team for Education in Community Health) was founded by refugees of the Guatemalan civil war who returned to help rebuild their country. Today it has evolved into a community nonprofit that seeks to revitalize and repair the social fabric in the rural communities of Huehuetenango, Guatemala, through holistic development.
The organization provides health care, legal accompaniment, and education to each of the communities with which it works.
The Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI), a project of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, assists sub-Saharan cities in their efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, thereby helping to make severe poverty a thing of the past. MCI helps selected, under-resourced urban centers become viable, sustainable “Millennium Cities” — each with distinct livelihood opportunities, improved access to public services and links with the countryside and international markets. MCI accomplishes this through a combination of research and policy analysis, and by working with local, domestic and international partners to stimulate economic and social development.
Umuryango Children’s Network (Umuryango: meaning Family in Kinyarwanda) is a non-profit Christian organization founded and directed by Rwandans who are empowered to adapt and respond to local realities. The founders started Umuryango because they believed it was their life purpose and divine calling for their entire family. This conviction led them to use family money and resources in order to initially provide much of Umuryango’s resources personally, but now Umuryango has evolved to link its mission with a network of international volunteers who are given an opportunity to support the work by using their finances, time and talents to fulfill their goals to make a difference in the world. Umuryango has been helping abandoned Rwandan children since 2002.