Yesterday was International Women's Day and March is Women's History Month so Feel Good Friday is going to focus on organizations that support women and girls around the world! Today we start with a group that's all about "igniting global change" - Spark.
As explained on their website, "Spark is a philanthropic network of young professionals who invest to improve the lives of women around the world." Their mission is "to advance gender equality by engaging the next generation in accessible forms of philanthropy."
Established by seven women in 2004, Spark is now a network of over 11,000 men and women around the world. The people of Spark learn by doing. Members educate each other on issues impacting women and girls then research potential grantees. The next steps are crowdsourcing funds, pro bono professional services and connections for the identified organizations.
Grantees in the US include organizations with missions as varied as teaching tech skills to human trafficking survivors, providing low and no cost care to women during pregnancy and helping young people to use art to organize for human rights. On the global level they've supported a peer health exchange in Honduras, a youth alliance group in Cameroon and entrepreneurship training in Uganda.
Becoming a member of Spark can provide you with professional development and networking opportunities as well as voting rights on how funds are distributed. You can also support Spark with a donation and by liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter @sparksf. Sisterhood IS powerful!