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Seeking Social Change and Making a Difference, Marc Sparks’ Innovative Spark Tank

It should be no surprise to anyone who knows Marc Sparks that his entrepreneur spirit would latch onto an innovative way to give back to charitable organizations that are making a difference.

Marc Sparks is a well known serial entrepreneur and philanthropist in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The Spark Tank was established to assist social organizations to fund their causes and make a difference.

Why the change from for profit to non-profit?

The understanding that non-profits in their core essence function differently than for profit organizations is what drove Sparks to create the Spark Tank.

Marc Sparks still from time to time takes on for profit organizations. He has noticed while volunteering at Samaritan Inn, a homeless shelter in the Dallas/Fort Worth area how difficult it is for non-profits to raise funds and awareness.

The other big difference between for profit entities and non-profit entities are that non-profits are not selling a particular service or product. Instead non-profit organizations are bound to serve the community in non tangible ways. Learn more about Marc Sparks: http://www.amazon.com/They-Cant-Eat-Marc-Sparks/dp/0990495000

What criteria does the Spark Tank have?

The need for non-profits to be innovative to raise funds and awareness is a critical component in the selection of participants. Non-profit organizations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that can show how they have already shown initiative in raising funds and awareness have a better chance of being selected than those organizations that can’t show any initiative. Read more: Marc Sparks’s Books and Publications Spotlight and Marc Sparks – Dallas, Texas, United States, Timber Creek Capital

Much like a for profit organization, non-profit organizations have to have a clear and concise mission statement. The organization also needs a specific business plan that shows what the organization plans to do, what the needed funds will accomplish and proven results.

How can I start a Spark Tank in my area?

The need is there for non-profit organizations to have other sources of revenue. Someone with an entrepreneur spirit will find plenty of opportunities to help fund their local non-profit organizations.

The very first thing you need to do is reach out to the existing non-profit organizations and let them know the challenge. Innovative ideas are needed to reach our world and change it for the better.

It won’t be easy. Changing people’s attitudes towards traditional funding sources, creating new ideas for raising funds and awareness and implementing a plan is what Marc Sparks’ Spark Tank: Learn more about Marc Sparks: http://sparktankdfw.com/ does best.

Helane Morrison and Hall Capital

Helane Morrison has been a trailblazer and an innovator in the journalism and legal world. Currently the Managing Director at the amazing Hall Capital Partners, Morrison has been working to fight for justice for years. The company she helps lead, Hall Capital has been one of the most high achieving investment companies in the nation. Morrison has lead this company for nearly ten years. In addition her work in securities out west has lead her to even bigger and more influencing positions.

Morrison graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism. Her education continued as she learned the in’s and outs of the legal profession from the University of California at Berkeley. After graduating her career in the law field began. She would eventually work for both the United States Court of Appeals and a Supreme Court Justice.

Helane Morrison saw Hall Capital as the ideal company to join. She greatly valued he firm’s contrasting leadership culture in the finance world. Together the partnership has preserve a constant battle against phony corporate misconduct.  Helane’s work and accomplishments include, leading investigations regarding money fraud against top company leaders, giving to the attempt to rid insider trading including online websites and providing assistance to seniors who have dealt with fraud.

Helane Morrison‘s work should continue to inspire others to strive for greatness in pursuing justice in the legal world.

The Rise of a Great Leader and Investor, Steve Murray

Stephen Murray was born in August 1962. He attended the Boston College in 1984 earning a Degree in Economics. He then furthered his studies earning his Master’s in Business Administration at Columbia Business School in 1989.

Career Path

Stephen Murray began his career as a credit trainee at a New York based holding bank, Manufacturers Hannover and Trust Corporation. He was then nominated the Vice President of a middle market lending bank, according to reports by Bloomberg. He later joined a leveraged finance and private equity unit of Manufacturers Hannover. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://patch.com/connecticut/stamford/stephen-p-murray-52-financial-executive-stamford-resident-vice-chair-boston-college-board-trustees and https://www.pehub.com/2007/10/5-questions-with-stephen-murray/

Following a couple of merging and acquisitions, with companies like Chemical bank and Chase Manhattan Bank, Manufacturers Hannover became part of the conglomerate hedge fund, J.P. Morgan in the year 2000. The consolidated hedge fund appointed Stephen Murray as the head of buyout business five years after joining the group.

JP Morgan Partners was the name given to CCMP Capital before the 2006 spin off. The company majorly involved in middle market deals as it continued to pursue growth alongside its private equity clients. A year later, JP Morgan dissociated its business after outbidding TPG Capital, KKR & Co., and Blackstone Group for a drug maker, Warner Chilcott, based in Dublin. Read more: This Old Thing? Private Equity Honcho Drops Little Place Uptown for $11M

However, JP Morgan survived despite the competition from KKR and Blackstone Group and in 2006, CCMP Capital spun out it and in 2007, Mr. Murray was appointed the company’s CEO.

Stephen Murray was also associated with other companies including AMC Entertainment, Warner Chilcott (the drug maker company), Pinnacle Foods, Aramark, The Vitamin Shoppe, Legacy Hospital partners and Generac Power Systems where he served a member of the board of directors.


Stephen Murray was a supporter of educational and political initiatives. He was involved in the funding of the popular Make-A-Wish Foundation, based in New York. The foundation was aimed at granting wishes to kids with life threatening conditions – read more: Ex-CCMP Capital CEO Steve Murray passes away.

He has supported education initiatives at Boston College, Columbia Business School and Stamford Museum just to say the least. He was at one point appointed the chairman of board of trustee at his former college (Boston College) and the head of Make a Wish Foundation in New York.

He died at the age of 52 12 months earlier after resigning from his executive responsibilities due to his deteriorating health conditions. He will forever be remembered for his positive contribution toward steering CCMP Capital to success.

Thor Halvorssen An Influential Human Rights Activist

Thor Halvorssen is a big enemy to the human rights offenders due to his big fight to all those who try to short change the people’s intended rights. He is currently the president of Human Rights Foundation based in New York. He launched this foundation in 2005.

As mentioned in the Daily Beast, Thor Halvorssen is a passionate American English speaker born in 1976 and raised Caracas. His origin is from a family of heads of states, the swashbucklers. His grandfather was a successful military fighter who has a series of winning stunts. A good example is a fight against the Norway’s Merchants and several groups of Nazis. His origin in the family of heads of state is well evident from his mother who has her origin from the former Venezuela President Mendoza.

His fight for human rights started when he exposed the corruption vice that was taking place in the Venezuela government about a drug car. Before this, he has been with his family members suffering and even dying in the face of fighting for the human rights. His mother succumbed a shot in a demonstration that was against Hugo Chavez. Before his mother’s death, his father was tortured to death in a Caracas prison. In addition to this, his cousin Leopoldo Lopez is serving a jail term as a political prisoner in Venezuela.

Thor Halvorssen work as an activist goes together with his humility as he does not pour out bitter words. He has fallen in love with people that fight for political freedom not fearing any government officials when doing it. He has invited several activists to work with him like the late Vaclav Havel, Garry Kasparov, and Vladimir Putin. One of his team-mate Garry suffered some punches from the Russian Police during the famous Pussy Riot. In this riot, the main idea was to fight for the release of this Moscow band that had suffered a jail term because of the singing song against Putin.

Thor has survived from very many beatings during his work. A good example is the beating by the Vietnamese authorities together with his camera where they were coming from interviewing Thich Quang. He was also involved in a fight against some American dictators.

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