Founded by a coalition of community organizations in 2005, Spark (now a program of the Canadian CED Network – Manitoba) creates opportunities for professionals in Winnipeg to make an important skill-based contribution to groups solving some of the most urgent and complex challenges in our communities.
Since 2009 the total value of the pro bono work that they have leveraged is now greater than $1 million! This inspiring milestone speaks to the effectiveness of their work and the success of the model, as well as to the enthusiastic generosity of professionals in Winnipeg.
Driven by the knowledge that non-profits, co-ops, and social enterprises often require a particular skill to strengthen their organization or project, and inspired by the belief that there is always some person in our city with that skill set willing to give their time for a great community impact, Spark has been very successful at matching the right people to the right situations.
This could mean bringing an interior designer together with a social enterprise employing people with disAbilities to set up their café. Or bringing a fundraising professional together with a youth arts organization to acquire a needed van. It looks different for every organization and project. But what remains the same is that this model brings together people in Winnipeg from diverse backgrounds to create community solutions.
Assiniboine’s Vice-President of People Solutions, Kim Champion Taylor, matched her skills with Spark. Read about her experience.
Contact Spark if you are interested in using your professional skill to assist a non-profit for a time-limited match.