November Newsletter: Spark Point Settles into Fall!

Hello Again!

Here at Spark Point, we have settled into fall after a fruitful staff retreat, plenty of Halloween activities, and planning for our first ever round of pro bono work.

Fall Fun!

Spark Point loves Halloween! Every member of the team celebrated in their own way by carving pumpkins, dressing up, or simply having lots of candy!

Here are some of the ways our team celebrated Halloween.

From left to right, a pumpkin painted by Hannah (Senior Grant Writer) and her family, Hannah’s son Jaime dressed up to go trick or treating, and a pumpkin carved by Bre (Managing Director).

Spark Point Votes!

On Election Day, the team exercised their civic rights. Operations Associate Billy Kennedy even took the day off to serve as a poll watcher! Check out these pictures our staff took from different parts of the country!

From left to right, Madeline’s (Grant Writer) Ohio voter sticker, Caroline’s (Operations Manager) selfie at the polls in Florida, and Sera’s (Grant Writer) selfie with her Chicago voter sticker.

Staff Retreat

Last month, the Spark Point team got together for our annual retreat! For a remote company like us, occasional in-person gatherings are essential to maintaining the relationships that help us do good work and plan for the future.

After meeting up for a welcome session in DC, we all piled into our cars and drove down to Castleton, Virginia for three days. For the final two days of the retreat, we returned to DC to spend time with some of our clients.

Stay tuned for a blog post with more details, but for now, enjoy this sneak peek photo taken by Caroline (Operations Manager) at the Color Me Community workshop hosted by our client, Life Pieces to Masterpieces!

Out and About!

On November 3rd, our CEO Whitney Brimfield went to her alma mater, Haverford College, to speak at their For-Profit for Good Meetup. The event brought together students and alumni who are interested in social impact, DE&I, and promoting justice.

Recently, Whitney also attended, along with Calvin Koon-Stack (Director of Fundraising Strategy) and Mike Sinck (Senior Grant Writer), the DC Fiscal Policy Institute’s annual reception; this year’s theme was Tax Justice for Racial Justice. They also attended the annual New Endeavors by Women (NEW) fundraising gala that month, which raised almost $100,000 for NEW’s work to help homeless women create new futures!

ACCELERATE! Applications Closed

The application for the ACCELERATE! program closed on October 31. We had an amazing turnout and are very excited to work with our very first cohort next year!

We are currently in the process of reviewing applications and will decide and build our first cohort by December 31st. Applicants will be alerted of their status by January 5th, 2023.

Spark Point Ignite!

Spark Point has recently wrapped up the selection process for our new Ignite! pro bono program. We reviewed 20 applicants and have selected 5 organizations that we will work with through the end of next year.

Join us in congratulating our five pro bono clients!

Welcome Back to Our Returning Client!

District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) works to provide access to safe housing and services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families as they rebuild their lives on their own terms.

Opportunities with Our Partners

The Diverse City Fund is currently hiring a Program Manager to manage their community-led grantmaking and capacity-building programs. Follow the instructions in this PDF to apply by November 30th.

The Young Black & Giving Back Institute is surveying Black-led, Black-serving nonprofit organizations to collect data on their capacity-building needs and outline specific ways institutional philanthropy can support the financial viability of Black-led nonprofits. The first step in strengthening and scaling Black-led nonprofits is to identify their needs. Take the survey here.

#BlackWomenSparkChange

Black women are working hard every day to inspire transformative change in their communities. If you are or know of a Black woman doing amazing work in the nonprofit space, be sure to share it with us! Use this form to nominate someone to be featured in our Black Women Spark Change series!

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