SPARC (formerly PISF) is an innovative new youth philanthropy initiative. As part of this program, middle to high school-aged students from thirteen area schools will gain hands-on experience on how to establish and operate a foundation, ultimately making grants to charitable organizations in their local and surrounding areas.

The goal of the program is to give the students a comprehensive and thorough understanding of philanthropy and nonprofit operation, learn skills in critical thinking and decision making, develop and build leadership skills, and learn the benefits of voluntarism. By giving the participants of this program the opportunity to experience the fulfillment of contributing to the betterment of their community it is ultimately our hope that these students will acquire a life-long passion for giving.

Thanks to support from our lead sponsor, Nestlé, and our other generous co-sponsors, students involved in SPARC will make yearly grants to eight local non-profits each school year. For more information email