Marc Sparks Has Created A Competition Set Up For Non-Profits

Marc Sparks is well known as a successful businessman, and he leads a company, called Timber Creek Capital. In addition, Marc Sparks is very well known for having business ideas that are beneficial to the public.

He also has become extremely widely known as a philanthropist, and he has done a great deal to give back to the community of Dallas, Texas, where he resides. One organization that he set up, The Samaritan Inn, has been beneficial to the lives of many people in need.

Now, he has created a competition for the owners of organizations with the power to create social change, called the Spark Tank. The company that wins the competition gains five thousand dollars in funding, along with the distinction of winning the competition.

The organizations that are accepted into the competition are ones that have the power to benefit the public in some fashion. In order to be accepted into the competition, organizations have to meet several different requirements. Once accepted, there are a number of different aspects of the competition.

In order to compete in the Spark Tank competition, all businesses have to be certified as 501c3 organizations. These organizations are all non-profit organizations. However, some non-profit organizations aren’t able to compete in Spark Tank.

The organization has to have had a history of being active, at least for a couple of years. Also, the organization must not be a PAC (political action organization), a national charity, or an organization with a religiously based goal. In addition to organizations that are set up to help people, organizations that are set up for the rights of animals also can be a part of the Spark Tank competition.

When organizations sign up to be in the competition, they give their ideas to those in charge of the competition. However, only three of the organizations that apply will be allowed to be part of the competition. Then, the three organizations that get chosen are able to present the ideas that they have.

The presentation of the ideas must be done within ten minutes or less. After the presentations are all complete, the winner of the competition is chosen.  Learn more about Marc Sparks: http://whoismarcsparks.com/

While the amount of money that the winner has access to may seem relatively small, it does have the ability to assist many organizations. In fact, the 5,000 dollars can be used to do a lot of important things for an organization. A non-profit organization that Marc Sparks founded, The Samaritan Inn, used an amount of money this small to do a lot of things.

For instance, The Samaritan Inn was able to build housing for the animals of those using their services. This likely helped to prevent many animals from winding up on the streets.

Making Parent Teacher Meetings Obsolete

A lot of changes are being made to the education world. Traditionally, children were sent to school and parents had very little idea on how they were doing. It was when the parents met with the teachers that the parents were let in on how the student was doing in various aspects of their schooling. Fortunately, that is about to change. There is a new form of technology that makes it easier for parents to keep up with their students. It in fact helps parents get involved with the education of their students so that the children will feel a little safer at school. This is called ClassDojo.

ClassDojo has recently raised $21 million in order to keep the educators in contact with their parents. There will be consistent communications with the parents about the activities of the students. They will also be able to communicate with their children as well. This will help children develop into who they were meant to be. Students will also be encouraged to do better in school. They will get better grades and feel even more valued. Parents will also be able to help with the development of their children while at home.

ClassDojo can also be used to make the parents aware of the schedule as well as activities that are due. They will also get to experience some of the proudest moments in their children’s schooling. This is definitely good for children that are in the early years of schooling. Teachers in 85,000 schools are using this app in order to help their children do well in schooling. Schools of all shapes and sizes are using the app for communication.

One very important aspect of ClassDojo is that there is no intention to make money off of the data the users use up. They also want to protect the privacy of children. Also, ClassDojo is looking to expand its app to more schools so that more teachers, students and parents could experience the advantage of a greater connection during their growth. The majority of the day is going to be spent at school. Therefore, it is a good idea to have children have some kind of connection to their family.

 

Read more about ClassDojo:

https://www.edsurge.com/product-reviews/classdojo

 

Autism Rocks Is Rocking The World

Sanjay Shah Denmark is the owner and the founder of Solo capital. Solo capital was founded by Sanjay Shah in 2011. The company has grown very quickly and Sanjay Shah has increased his business success ever since its beginning. Sanjay Shah was working as an accountant at a very prestigious firm, but he wanted to be able to work on his own. There was a financial crisis that hit the UK, and Shah did not know how he was going to be able to support his family. He decided that he was going to go out on his own and try to create something different. Sanjay Shah was able to get together with a few business partners and he started Solo Capital.

Sanjay Shah originally moved from Kenya to London because he wanted to study to be a doctor. Sanjay Shah was going to one of the prominent colleges in London, and he decided to change his profession to accounting. Accounting was something that caught his attention, and he was able to start working in the corporate world after he graduated from college. After his youngest son was diagnosed with autism, Sanjay Shah and his family decided that they were going to help their son, and they started the fund that is called Autism Rocks.

Recently Gulfnews.com did an article about Sanjay Shah and his family. Sanjay Shah and his family are located in Dubai, and autism awareness month begins on April 2. They are holding an Autism Rocks Festival, and a person can watch different performances at this festival. Sanjay Shah and his wife wanted to change the way that individuals viewed autism, and he wanted their dealings in society to be different as well. Sanjay Shah wanted to make a differences because of his son, and he wanted to be able to help other individuals that were suffering with autism as well Sanjay Shah and his wife came up with the idea for Autism Rocks because they wanted children with autism to have greater exposure. Autism Rocks was founded in 2014, and it has raised over €600,000 by organizing these popular concerts around the world.

 

Read more about Sanjay Shah:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanjay_Shah_(businessman)

 

Steelers Bring Another Winner Onboard with McGalla

The Pittsburgh Steelers of Susan McGalla have grown accustomed to one thing for a very long time now, winning. Apparently that winning attitude is prevalent throughout the organization, including the fashion and apparel side of the business known as merchandise. In the same manner in which this storied organization has put names like, Bradshaw, Lipps, Harris, Roethlisberger, Bettis and Polamalu on the field, the fashion side of the Steelers can add the name McGalla.

That is former CEO, President and Company Founder, Susan McGalla. Her resume includes such companies like American Eagle Outfitters and Wet Seal Inc., oh yes and now – the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Just like the greatness in the many uniforms adorned by the iconic Steelers of seasons past, Susan McGalla’s history of success and leadership and expertise in the world of fashion would make her hall of fame consideration worthy. The problem is, Susan McGalla’s probably too young to be eligible for election, that and there is a lot more work she plans on doing too.

As an article detailing the change in Pittsburgh Steeler fashion and apparel announced, there is a complete overhaul in the works. From color schemes to personalization, Susan McGalla is only doing what she does everywhere – making an impression!

So don’t be surprised if the Steelers continue to roll opponents and rack up wins. The new look Steelers fashion gear on the other hand, will likely surprise many. And if the Pittsburgh Steeler tradition holds true…everyone who is part of the organization will be left smiling when the final score is tallied.

References:
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1115635

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/09/18/steelers-overhaul-fan-gear-closet-introduce-new-fashion-campaign/

Thor Halvsorssen: A Great Human Rights leader

In 2005, Thor Halvsorssen launched the Human Rights Foundation in New York. This foundation only staffs a dozen people, but strive to cover every part of this earth. The Human Rights Foundation hosts many forums a year all over the world to stand up for and protect our basic rights.

Thor has been a human rights activist since the late 1980’s, starting in London by organizing an opposition to South African apartheid. Thor’s heritage played a huge role is the reason he started the Human Rights Foundation; individual liberty was always a discussion for him since his family was of Venezuelan and Norwegian decent. His father, for one, was falsely imprisoned and tortured in jail, set free only after the International Society for Human Rights took on his case and won.

One would think that because of his family’s past and because of the wrong-doing in this world, he would have a hatred towards people; however, Thor Halvorssen sees the best in people and thoroughly believes in progress.

Not that supporting Human Rights is glamorous; Thor has been arrested, detained, and beaten many times for this cause. This article in the Weekly Standard talks in great detail about the Human Rights Foundation and how those supporting this cause get in on the action; they do not just stand around and discuss our rights, they fight for them. Thor being a number one example of this.

The Human Rights Foundation has a leader who knows first hand what it’s like to be robbed of his rights. He is the best candidate for the job, and has a mild yet thought-provoking approach to human rights.

Source:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/troublemaker-for-tyrants/article/899824

Stephan P. Murray Left a Major Void in the World of Philanthropy

Stephen P. Murray, a world renowned private equity investor, was also a philanthropist who felt it was important to give back for the some of the goodness he received in life. He was as committed to the organizations he supported as he was to his family and career.

In addition to being a mover and shaker at CCMP and several other companies that preceded CCMP he served on the board of directions of several high profile companies including Octagon Credit Investors, Ollies Bargain Outlet, Inforgroup, Inc., LHP Hospital Group and Crestcom International.

His greatest passion in life was his commitment to his philanthropic endeavors which he pursued with a zest and drive not recognized in a lot of people. His personal philosophy was to help others and pass on some of the goodness he received during his lifetime.

Stephen Murray CCMP Capital support of organizations such as the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Boston College and Columbia Business School, Make A Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Stamford Museum. He not only supported these organizations financially, but felt it important to be involved personally. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital:  https://www.crunchbase.com/person/stephen-p-murray#/entity

It would have been easy to write a check and call it a day, but he decided it was important to meet some of the recipients to offer advice, encouragement and let them know the community at large cares.

It was his philanthropic spirit that often led the way during his life giving him a solid foundation for all aspects of his life and his endeavors. He led by example and instilled in his family and co-workers the importance of giving back and providing opportunities for others.

For every gift received he felt it important to give back two. He was a man of great wisdom and understanding and those two attributes served him well through the tears.

In March of 2015, Mr. Stephan P. Murray passed away at the age of 52. The world lost a man of vision and compassion and the world of philanthropy lost one of its greatest contributors.

Mr. Murray left an indelible mark on the private equity industry as well as his community and those that knew him were very blessed.

An Evangelicals Review: Donald Trump’s Online Reputation

Evangelicals are a major voting block in the United States. The Republican party in particular has a strong evangelical membership that often has a major say in determining who the Republican nominee for president will be. This year the Republican nominee is Donald Trump. A major reason why Trump has been able to clinch the Republican nominee without the need for a convention has been the positive online reputation review he has with many evangelicals.

Why have many evangelicals backed Donald Trump? Mr. Trump has a reputation of being honest and doing what is best for the country. Many evangelicals are willing to overlook Trump’s brashness and outspokenness right now because they believe that the United States now needs a strong leader to guide it in the right direction. Enter Donald Trump in the narrative who has a reputation for strong leadership. The consensus of evangelicals now is less about social issues and more about political and economic issues that they believe someone with a reputation like Donald Trump can best solve. It will be interesting to see in the coming months if Trump decides to go with an online reputation company like Five Blocks to help clean up his name.

On the other hand, not all evangelicals are on board with Donald Trump being the nominee of the Republican party. His reputation as somewhat of a strongman and bully has led <a href=”http://www.inquisitr.com/3164196/donald-trump-christian-leaders-to-seek-common-cause-but-at-what-cost-christian-columnist-asks/”>some evangelicals to question if he is suitable to president</a>. However, the number of Evangelicals opposed to Trump is very small. The great majority of evangelicals are firmly behind trump even if he does not espouse their moral or religious views. Healing the country comes first, then come social and religious issues.

Online Dating: Skout, No Lookup Hook-ups?

Is Skout really the top trending social networking app for dating? Today, traditional dating scene presents a host of challenges. Even if relationship seekers want nothing but an amicable friendship, it’s a trying occupation. I’ve encountered my fair share of disappointment and unhealthy dating experiences. While I’m not a fan of the cruel lessons it’s taught me, I’m also acknowledging that it’s steered me in the right direction. Online dating gives me a greater sense of control over relationships. What’s more, it extends a convenience that the traditional dating scene doesn’t. With Skout, building friendships couldn’t be any safer and easier. Chiefly, it’s a location-based community that encourages friend finder relationships and casual chats, although it’s become a virtual utopia for meaningful matchmaker dating lately. Of course, Skout members usually start out as friends before building long-term relationships.

Skout extends an official in-browser platform. Additionally, members can download Skout for iOS and Android. The mainstream services of Skout is to discover friends nearby, connect and share photos. Got Facebook? Skout allows Facebook sign-up for a frustration-free registration. What’s more, traditional profile creation requires minimal effort and basic information. The home screen simply displays a grid of potential friends nearby. It allows admirable gestures such as sending a wink, chat invite or virtual gift to engage a stranger. Skout alerts members when someone added as a favorite comes online. What about unwelcomed friendships? Skout “report and block them” commands take the frustration out of communication.

“Shake-to-chat” lets me invite random strangers to chat. With the “Buzz” command, I can read social feeds that show recent activities of either favorite profiles, local connections or friends. “Look-at-me” redeems accrued points to increase user visibility through a bidding system. Skout offers a paid and free subscription, but many activities require points using an in-app currency. Members can earn redeemable points from participating in certain activities or making in-app purchases. Christian Wiklund, Skout’s chief executive looks to stepped social networking engagements with the recent acquisition of Nixter. The nightlife events social networking platform let party seekers discover upcoming engagements, purchase tickets, arrange VIP accommodations or explore guest appearances. While the two will operate independently, Wiklund looks to complement Skout experiences with Nixter energetic nightlife solutions.

Portia Kersten, Skout CFO (Chief Financial Officer) joined the HuffPost Business magazine team last spring for an interview. The influential female executive spoke at length about her position at Skout and how she balances both worlds. Today, Skout runs the largest social networking community bringing new friends together. Its operation extends to a global audience, although it initially targeted U.S.-based connections.

Learn more:

https://www.androidpit.com/app/com.skout.android

https://www.linkedin.com/company/skout

Racist Remarks by George Gascon

George Gascon is being accused of making racist remarks while he was police chief in San Francisco. He is now the District Attorney. While he was police chief, he talked about the minority groups in the city while conversing with members of the Police Officers Association. There were also text messages exchanged where Gascon discussed minorities. When Gascon was police chief, he promoted very few people who were in minority groups, especially African Americans.

In today’s society, there are still people who feel that minorities receive more than they should, but it’s not a reason to dislike them. An official in the city who leads others is a person who should be supportive of every race as he is sworn to serve and protect. He is not sworn to divide the city based on race or exchange racist comments with union leaders and other officers. If there were others talking about different races, then they would probably face some kind of persecution in the form of members of the race beating someone or making sure their voices are heard in regards to their opinions. These are the actions that lead to murders. Police officers shouldn’t be the ones who start the conversations that lead to murders and other crimes that relate to African Americans and other races. He should be a man who leads by example. If he is leading by making racist remarks, then it’s no wonder others are leading the same lives and making the lives of minorities miserable.

 

Find out more about George Gascon:

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ex-police-union-leader-s-explosive-charge-6864230.php

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7YMtRac89k

Fabletics Is A Great Place To Buy Clothes

Fabletics talked to Marie Claire on http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/news/a19566/kate-hudson-fabletics-interview/, and they shared their information about their brand. Fabletics sort of touched off the athleisure craze, and now everyone is wearing what Fabletics started with. Kate Hudson was the person who decided it was time to dress in athleisure, and she created Fabletics that is for busy moms and women who are on a schedule.

There are a lot of people who can try out Fabletics for the first time when they subscribe, and they will have the clothes that they need to get ready every day. There are some things that women need to do to find all the kinds of that they need to be successful. They need to get dressed fast, and their clothes still need to look good. These women will have something to toss on every day, and they will love that they can get dressed fast.

Women who want to make sure that they have the best clothes will find out that they can get the right colors and styles for their bodies. They can easily get dressed in the morning, and they will look stunning even if they are in something simple like tights and a nice top just using Fabletics clothes. They can change around their clothes as much as they want, and they will be able to use the clothes to get into the gym and get their burn.

Someone who wants to have the best clothes to wear around town does not have to spend all their time looking for specific brands. These brands will be much harder to do, but they will be able to have Fabletics in their closet filling out their wardrobe. The women who are very concerned about how they will look can go with Fabletics because it makes them look great and feel great. These clothes are easy to buy, and the vision for the company makes it such that any woman benefits when they are buying the brand.
 Read more at http://www.bustle.com/articles/152273-when-is-fabletics-swimwear-coming-out-start-planning-for-the-beach-now-photos