SPARK GLOBAL PHILANTHROPY assembles groups of highly motivated students ranging from elementary school to post-secondary universities, who share the common objective of enhancing society. It provides them with unique experiences and unimaginable access to some of the world’s top leaders and philanthropists: President Clinton, Michelle Obama, Amed Khan, David Foster, Princess Salimah Aga Khan, Petra Nemcova, Stuart Weitzman, Chip Wilson, Ross Beaty, Frank Giustra, Joe Segal, and more.

Students receive a Stanford based course on philanthropy and course material provided by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the Rockefeller Foundation. Historically, Spark initiatives have raised over $3 million to deliver programs that teach youth about philanthropy, support local programs and provide humanitarian aid and education for women, children and refugees worldwide.

The Spark program is immensely beneficial to students pursuing higher education at renowned institutions world-wide. It is a significant commitment on their part to enhance both themselves and society. Spark students go beyond volunteering and engage in a lifelong dedication to philanthropy and creating change. Spark’s philanthropy program has now been implemented as full credit course at the University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business. This marks the first course on philanthropy to be taught at UBC and a major step in Spark’s objective of implementing a curriculum of philanthropy in schools and institutions across Canada.

The Spark program marks the beginning of each student’s ability to purposefully and productively contribute to society. First, by making money, and secondly giving it away in a well thought out productive manner. Taking the long view, this program will no doubt change each participant’s very outlook on life.


Spark will invite approximately 35 highly motivated students ranging from ages 14 to 23 who aspire to be future innovators and leaders in charities, social enterprises, philanthropic foundations, development offices, and in the government, financial institutions and businesses that interact with them.  The Spark 2019 program will run approximately October 1, 2019 to June 15, 2020.

The final deadline for applications is September 30th, 2019. We recommend submitting applications as soon as possible, as positions fill quickly.

Find out more here OR visit the Spark Foundation site.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Emma McKenzie
Program Manager
Spark Global Philanthropy Canada

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