We are pleased to announce our grand prize winner Dogs Matter!

Wow! What a great experience it has been for Dogs Matter to be a part of Spark Tank. You guys have allowed us and the other participants to be able to develop contacts, partnerships, and friends. Dogs Matter will always be grateful for the opportunity. To be able to receive the affirmation and recognition of a vision I had four years ago, makes me so excited and motivated for the future of Dogs Matter. Spark Tank is exactly what the visionary social service entrepreneurs needs to kick start new and undiscovered programs to have a chance to make a difference in a world of changing needs.....and the $20,000 will help too!! Again, thank you for being a part of our journey.....that has just begun! You guys rock!

Stephen Knight -- President

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Round Three Finalist

Once again the Spark Tank panel was amazed at the number of applications they received and the incredibly good work that is happening in our community.

Choosing three finalist to compete in Round Three was difficult, but after serious deliberation the finalist are:

YE

Youth Entrepreneurs® teaches business and entrepreneurial skills in high school classrooms, and offers hands-on experience to help students succeed as business owners or employees.

Dallas Furniture Bank

The mission of Dallas Furniture Bank (DFB) provides furniture to families transitioning from homelessness; restoring normalcy and independence. Working in collaboration with multiple Dallas social partner agencies, DFB identifies people in need and helps them to acquire basic household furnishings.

Pamper Lake Highlands

Pamper Lake Highlands aims to provide impoverished families with community support, education and resources. Pamper Lake Highlands’ overall goal is to empower individuals to break the cycle of poverty and oppression in our community.

Round Three Results

Round Three of Spark Tank, a social innovation challenge, wrapped up this afternoon and once again we were amazed by the people in our community who are meeting critical needs, needs; in some cases, that we did not even know existed.

Each not for profit was given ten minutes to present their cause and then an additional ten minutes to answer questions. The panel evaluates the program based on the presenters ability to tell the story, the impact the grant will have on their program and the ability to measure the results.





We are pleased to announce that this Rounds winner is Pamper Lake Highlands!

In 2014, Pamper Lake Highlands began as a simple call to collect and distribute diapers for parents who couldn’t afford them. We have quickly blossomed into a multi-generational ministry that addresses the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of families living in poverty. We show God’s love by empowering our neighbors to break the cycle of poverty.

Not long ago, my children and I were in need of help. We survived homelessness, domestic abuse, and extreme poverty. I struggled with feelings of hopelessness fearing life would stay that way. Then, we experienced God’s transforming power through the love of our Lake Highlands community. Our neighbors lifted me up and helped me develop the tools I needed to provide for my children emotionally, spiritually and financially. Pamper Lake Highlands is my way of paying it forward. We see this as a movement—help us transform Lake Highlands.

Caren Bright -- Founder and Executive Director


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Round Two Finalist

Once again the Spark Tank panel was amazed at the number of applications they received and the incredibly good work that is happening in our community.

Choosing three finalist to compete in Round Two was difficult, but after serious deliberation the finalist are:

house of eli

This organization was a finalist in our last round and continues to amaze us. They house, mentor and train boys who have aged out of the foster care system and prepare them for independence within a structured, family environment.

Mommies In Need

Provides free child care to mothers who are experiencing a health crisis and are unable to temporarily care for their children. To date mothers suffering from cancer, major surgeries and high risk pregnancies have benefited from this program.

Families to Freedom

Mothers and children who are victims of domestic violence are transported by car to places where they may recover, often times it is a return to their families of origin. Since 2015, 40,000 miles have been covered helping 36 women, 40 children and 6 pets get to a safe place.

Round Two Results

Round Two of Spark Tank, a social innovation challenge, wrapped up this afternoon and once again we were amazed by the people in our community who are meeting critical needs, needs; in some cases, that we did not even know existed.

Each not for profit was given ten minutes to present their cause and then an additional ten minutes to answer questions. The panel evaluates the program based on the presenters ability to tell the story, the impact the grant will have on their program and the ability to measure the results.





We are pleased to announce that this Rounds winner is Mommies in Need!

Natalie Boyle founded this organization because she had to have cancer treatment while trying to take care of her infant daughters and she recognized that there are a great many families, in the same situation, that simply can not afford the cost of childcare. Mommies in Need provides qualified and vetted Nannies to these families at no cost- and it is the same Nanny, so the children have the consistency they need at such a difficult time. The SparkTank grant will be used specifically for wages for a Nanny who is bilingual and a Nanny who is experienced in dealing with children with special needs. As Natalie told us this afternoon-knowing that your children are being well cared for is the first step in the healing process. Congratulations Natalie- we will see you at the final round in December!


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"Mommies In Need is honored to receive the SparkTank grant and are already putting it to use in our community. We have begun our search for a bilingual nanny and one trained in special needs childcare and are putting out the word that we now have openings to help more families in which the stay-at-home parent is going through a health crisis. Thank you SparkTank!!"

Natalie Boyle - President, Mommies In Need Inc.

Round One Finalist

We were thrilled to receive 14 applications for Round One of the Spark Tank Social Innovation Challenge. They represented not for profits through out the Metroplex, as well as Collin, Denton and Grayson Counties and our panel was overwhelmed with the good work that is being done!

After serious deliberation three finalist have been chosen to proceed to the April 27th presentation and they are:

house of eli

Provides a transitional living program for boys ages 17-21 who are coming out of foster care. They complete their education, live in a family home and work in the family business learning upholstery and refinishing skills that will enable them to support themselves in the future.

house of eli

A mobile soup kitchen that travels to homeless people and provides the things they need to turn their lives around. They also provide a recovery vehicle that picks people up experiencing homelessness and addiction and transports them to the appropriate rehab facility and personally accompany them through the intake process.

house of eli

This program provides temporary foster care services for the pets of addicts and alcoholics in recovery. In the past, when someone required in patient treatment, they had limited options regarding the care of their pets. Providing this service helps people get the help they need without requiring them to surrender their pets.

Round One Results

Our three finalist ( Metro Relief, House of Eli and Dogs Matter) all arrived at 2pm and presented their program for twenty minutes. Each presentation was unique-MetroRelief had hand outs and a video, Dogs Matter brought Patch, an adorable recipient of their services and House of Eli introduced 17 year old Juan who told in great detail how his young life had been changed. Each program met specific needs and every representative was clearly committed to 'making the world a better place".

While the SparkTank panel met to determine the winner, the program representatives shared a waiting room and immediately began to collaborate with one another. In just a brief amount of time they found ways to help one another and share their resources. Frankly, we had never even considered this possibility, but we were thrilled with the results.



The Winner... Dogs Matter!

Choosing a winner was tough, but the criteria used was- the need for the program, the ability to measure the outcomes of the program and the presentation. After a lengthy discussion the panel chose Dogs Matter as the winner of our Round One Social Innovation challenge and presented them with a trophy and a check for $ 5,000. Huge congratulations to all of the presenters who clearly are making a difference on a daily basis.

See their presentation here
Winner Accountability - Dogs Matter's Progress Report

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