A. Sparks values equity and inclusion in philanthropy and focuses on improving access for underrepresented groups by promoting collective organizing and community empowerment. Sparks sits on the Board of her family’s foundation in Washington State and is involved in Resource Generation, a national network of young people with financial wealth and privilege organizing for social change. In the local community, Sparks co-chairs HYPE, a giving circle of young, Bay Area LGBT-identified emerging leaders, and recently founded Queer Leaders in Philanthropy, an affinity group focused on connecting, engaging and sustaining LGBT philanthropic leadership. Sparks is currently a Program Officer at the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco and holds a BA from Vassar College and a MSW from UC Berkeley.


20th Anniversary Symposium: Imagining the Future of Family Philanthropy

Posted on September 13, 2018 by Virginia M. Esposito, Carol S. Larson, Ayelet Baron, Sierra Clark, A. Sparks, Didier Sylvain, Farhad Ebrahimi, Kelly Chopus, Richard Woo, Mary Mountcastle

In addition to a celebration of NCFP’s 20th Anniversary, the Symposium will explore key themes, trends, and bold ideas generated over the year by the Imagining the Future initiative. We will also unveil several new NCFP research initiatives including Pride of Place, a report exploring how boards stay true to the original geographic focus of the family foundation after trustees have moved away.  … Read More

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