Marc Sparks’ Spark Tank Helps Social Non-Profits

According to, Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur, especially those who need help with non-profit start-ups that help people live a better life. He is also a businessman in his own right. He owns Timber Creek Capital, LP, an equity firm, and others. His latest creation, with his partner, Lynne Spiora, is Dallas-based Spark Tank.

Mr. Sparks has no formal training in what he does, outside of a high school education, which he completed in Austin, Texas, in 1975. He then began his career as a business builder. Read more: Marc Sparks – Dallas, Texas, United States, Timber Creek Capital

He helps people who dream of starting their own non-profit business to benefit their community.

This is why Marc Sparks and Lynne Spiora created Spark Tank. There are many people in many communities who see problems occurring for others who are needy.

They truly seek a way to solve these problems by starting businesses related to their chosen field. These businesses may be for providing food, clothes, a shelter for the needy or homeless people, child care havens for mothers in crisis, domestic violence sanctuaries, and even food and shelter for homeless pets.

Spark Tank was created to provide much needed non-profit start-up funds to those that wish to help others to help themselves get back up on their feet. You must first qualify for entrance and fill out the application for the $5000 grant.

The Spark Tank team then conducts a study of all applications received for Spark Tank‘s Social Innovation Challenge. Three finalists are chosen from applications received. These three finalists will compete in a second round match.

Each of these competitors will be given twenty minutes to present their agenda. Ten of these minutes are given to present their program, using videos, live examples, and examples of how their programs will make their communities better places to live for all.

The other ten minutes is for questions and answers. Some applicants have learned to collaborate among themselves and find ways to help one another by interaction.

Winners are chosen by certain criteria: Necessity of the program, the presentation quality, ability to track results, and effectiveness of the program.

Marc Sparks’ Spark Tank is just one of his favored charities. He is also involved in Habitat for Humanity, Marc Sparks Kids Foundation, which helps at-risk kids escape poverty, and other charities. Mr. Sparks is an avid outdoorsman.

Marc Sparks gets rid of his stress by going fishing, biking, hiking, and adventure travels. He says he gets many ideas and much inspiration from his travels. To learn more go to

Malini Saba Shows That Woman Can Be A Powerful Force in Business

I am always impressed by strong women who rise above their challenges and do something great with their life. Such is the case with South Asian’s most recognizable philanthropist Malini Saba. As the chairman of Saban, her career and history are impressive, to say the least. She does a great deal of work with at-risk women and children. She uses the Global Investments in Women platform, a company she started back in 2001. It was the former United States President, Bill Clinton, that inaugurated her to her office. She is striving to bring legal empowerment and health care to impoverished women around the globe.

In reading her daily routine online, I was humbled. Saba gets up at 5 am every morning to have enough time to get things done. However, one of the most important parts of her morning is her daughter. She not only gets her ready for school, but they walk together to and from school each day. She leaves at 7 am for the commute to the school and her office again at 3 pm to pick her up.

I admire her for making the time for her child even though she is so pressed for time. I can’t get my two children out the door without a major catastrophe each day, let alone walking them to school. Saba says that this time is what they use as their special bonding time. They talk and laugh the whole way. It just shows that a woman fighting for woman and children has her priorities in line.

As a busy, business professional, she attends many meetings each day. Malini has made a rule that a meeting should never go over the 45-minute mark. Meetings that go over this mark are abruptly halted. She feels that anything that needs to be said can be done within this time frame. During these meetings, she is not one who is going to skirt issues. She takes the bull by the horns and is not afraid to tackle the tough issues of the day. Some say this is why she has gained so much notoriety in her short tenure is due to her ability to push through resistance. Malini Saba is one woman I admire greatly.